Although I've been teaching for 24 years, I will start the new school year in a new district. I will teach 4th graders in the neighboring district to where I live. The district is implementing a new reading program that I'm excited to use. In Social Studies, we will enjoy Mystery Skypes with other classes around the country and use our Chromebooks to learn. In Math, students use hands-on activities and small group learning to master math standards. For Science, my students will learn using hands-on STEM activities.
We work hard and like to use a variety of resources to learn.
Print resources, hands-on activities, project based learning, and collaborative learning are ways that my 4th graders learn.
After reading about and seeing teachers post about Classroom Book Day on Facebook and Twitter for over a year, I decided to take the plunge. This year, I will commit to reading a picture book each day to my 4th grade classroom.
I need to "beef up" my collection of picture books to include more to represent the student diversity within my classroom.
The books I chose deal with a lot of issues. Some are about the power of acceptance and just being you. Some deal with the idea of inclusion and will fit well with our immigration unit. Others might help students see themselves in the characters.
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