I teach 90 wonderful 6th graders. These kids mostly come from low income homes with not much access to technology or new experiences. They are bright, hard working and always willing to help. They are playful and considerate. They love reading more than anything! Teaching them when it is appropriate to read and when we need to close our books is the funniest battle I face! “Stop reading so much”.
They love trying new things and are envolved in as many clubs and activities as possible!
I want dictionaries for my students to help them define unknown words to increase their comprehension. Right now I have 90 students in three different class periods. In one class 32 students share 5 dictionaries. They cannot look up unfamiliar words to help their understand of what they read. To have a class set would change their experience and save wasted time when they patiently wait for their neighbor to finish. We use dictionaries almost daily. Student have to find words that match the weekly prefixes. They also look up 5 unfamiliar words in each book they read, to check that they are reading within their reading level.
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