My students come from a wide range of cultural and economic structures. My classroom is a blended community of bilingual students, low income, and middle-class families, students with special needs, and students who are TAG. This makes differentiation crucial to their learning experience and also brings a multitude of lenses to our lessons.
My students love hands-on learning experiences where they get to apply what they've learned in class and make it relevant to their world around them.
They aren't afraid to ask questions and take risks because they know our classroom is a safe place to do so. My passion is to teach my students to be independent thinkers and community leaders someday. I want them to have every opportunity to learn not from a textbook but from cultivated experiences we create together.
I am looking to expand my nonfiction/informational books in my classroom. I have selected a variety of National Geographic for kids books that are based on the interests of my students. These books range from animals and weather to sports and history.
My purpose for this project is using these non-fiction books as an opportunity for my students to dig deeper into informational text structure while pulling out the main idea.
I have also added some fun building brick glasses and LEGO pieces. My goal is to use the pieces and glasses after my students read a text and then represent the main idea of that text by designing their glasses to match the main idea. For example, a book where the main idea is: the habitats of sharks may be represented on the glasses by a student creating an underwater scene. The possibilities with these tool are endless!
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