Every morning I greet my 27 fourth graders as they come bursting into my classroom ready to learn. They are a lively, energetic bunch, with a range of diverse learning needs. They have different cultures, languages, countries, and skin colors, but we are a family.
I teach in a very wealthy county, but my town is not, and compared to the rest of my town, my school is definitely not.
With low-income housing apartments, a military base affecting property tax revenue, and a highly transient population, funding is a constant struggle. More than half of my students receive a free or reduced priced lunch every day. Many are living in multiple family households. With all of the challenges many of them face outside of school, I make it my goal to foster a warm, colorful, safe environment for them to learn and create.
Textbooks are boring. They are large, clunky, and often not accessible to struggling readers. In 4th grade, it is so important for students to get practice reading nonfiction text, but often our social studies and science books are not providing what we need.
With Scholastic News and Time for Kids, my students will have weekly practice with nonfiction reading, while learning about the world around them.
These classroom magazines have bright, colorful pictures, and because the students can take them home, they can take notes, highlight, underline etc, something they couldn't do with a standard textbook.
Because these magazines are new and address seasonal topics or current events, the reading will never get stale. Many of my students don't have books to read at home, and I will be able to send home an enriching magazine that is educational and motivational!
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