More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Classroom Library of Non-Fiction for High Ability Learners
My students need over 65 new non-fiction books to build their content knowledge.
Children are naturally curious and are full of wonder about many things. Having a collection of non-fiction books in the classroom would help to stimulate this wonder, create more questions, and generate thinking. My students come from high poverty and their background content knowledge is limited.
I work with fourth, fifth and sixth grade high ability learners in an extended learning program in a Title I school in Utah.
The students are diverse in culture, suffer greatly from poverty, and have a high number of risk factors.
Students have limited exposure to public libraries, museums, and other content knowledge building activities. I think because of the limitations, they crave learning more, and seek to soak up what is offered with excitement.
General education classroom instruction is heavily focused on mastering grade level skills in Language Arts and Math. My students have mastered the content and need more depth and complexity, but due to their socioeconomic status, the wealth of their background knowledge in various subject areas is limited.
In my program, students will self-select high interest non-fiction books and expand their content knowledge. I have requested non-fiction books and biographies that will provide background knowledge to my students. I will provide activities that stretch my students' thinking and that will offer the depth and complexity they desperately need and crave.
When students have a strong foundation of knowledge about their world in a variety of fields such as science and history, their horizon expands and opens them up to even more learning and growth.
The more they read and soak up new material, it increases a deeper understanding of their world and of their place in it. Having access to good books will stimulate the desire to read more on their own and give them the tools they need to be successful in school and as citizens.
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