I am a 5th grade teacher in a Title I school where over 90% of the students qualify as economically disadvantaged. This year I will have 77 eager-to-learn 5th grade historians, scientists and researchers! The students in my classroom make up a diverse population, including those with special needs and others learning English as their second language. They are a fun, hardworking group who enjoy learning!
Although the world evenly distributes talent and intellect, it does not evenly distribute opportunities.
In my classroom, we seek to overcome that reality through rigorous curriculum in history and science. When my students aren't conducting experiments or uncovering the mysteries of the past they're devouring novels! This makes my classroom library an essential part of their learning, as many of them do not have access to high quality books at home.
Although my school works diligently to close the provision gap, the current books in my classroom library leave much to be desired. I am requesting titles that I know my students will love - Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Last Kids on Earth, etc. Having countless high interest books will keep students engaged and learning at every moment of the day - all school year long!
Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
Thus, having high interest books can be the ladder to success over the obstacles my students face!
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