I have twenty-five wonderful, energetic, and curious first-grade students. The students in my classroom speak a variety of languages, eight total. My school is 88% free or reduced price lunch, and that percentage is quickly rising. Forty-nine percent of the students at my school identify as Asian, 26% identify as African American, 14% identify as Hispanic, 10% identify as Caucasian, and 1% identify as American Indian.
My classroom is rich with diversity, and we celebrate each student's identity and culture.
My students are always moving. I use alternative seating, center-based learning, and differentiation to target the needs of all of my students.
In my school, the classrooms are co-taught and have a cluster of students who are just learning English or have special needs. I teach in a special education co-taught classroom. I am passionate about teaching to the needs of each of my students. I do not believe in a "cookie cutter" approach and often have each student working on something different at the same time which creates a need for more supplies.
This year in first grade I have so many students who are interested in dinosaurs! I have a few books about dinosaurs but they are either too hard for the students to read or so old that they are falling apart.
I need a variety of dinosaur books in many different reading levels for the students to dig in during independent reading time.
Some of the books that I have chosen are like an encyclopedia or are purely non fiction. I have also included some dinosaur books that are fiction so we can have discussions on what is fact and what is fiction.
I also have students that love animals so I'm requesting some animal books and animal stuffed animals to help continue their love of learning and deepen their love of reading!
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