Set in a small, urban setting, our school houses students from 3 years old to 10 years old. We have a wide variety of students with diverse needs, but also an amazing assortment of languages, cultures, and attitudes! We serve two subsidized housing projects and many of our students have very limited background knowledge and need a lot more "experiences" to make connections.
My classroom consists of 17 students.
We each bring a unique perspective to our room and work on creating a positive climate, despite our differences. We, diligently, work on accepting others and praising what sets us apart as students and people, but by also celebrating our commonalities.
We have a wide range of learners in our room from extremely bright and gifted to low academic achievers. We, continue our process of inclusion through instruction and work hard on making students feel successful.
My third grade students are working on using reference materials to find pertinent literary information. Students need to know how to alphabetize, use guide words and count syllables.
Many of the reference materials that our students have come across are in digital format only.
We want students to be able to use both print and digital formats. Having a dictionary in your hand and flipping through the pages is a different experience than scrolling down a screen. Students need to be able to access the material to determine and clarify the meaning of unknown words or phrases. Our current sets of dictionaries have pages missing and are coming unbound. A new, fresh set of dictionaries will improve our learning!
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