Our students love to read because WE love to read. We strive to read books that are new and popular with kids. Our favorite moments are when a student stops us in the hall or on the playground to describe an exciting moment in a book they know we have read. Getting newly released books into the hands of our students is a top priority. However, over half of our student population comes from low-income households, and they are not always able to afford new reading materials.
Our students love to crack open new books!
They love reading, and reading for enjoyment is a huge component of our classroom environment. We dedicate 30 minutes a day of uninterrupted reading time, a time when students can relax in a comfy spot with a pillow or curl up in a chair and enjoy reading anything that interests them. This time is one of our students' favorite times. Our goal is to sustain our students' love of reading through new and exciting materials we can share together.
Every year, the state of Florida selects 15 titles for the Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) books. In our county, students in grades 3- 5 have the opportunity to participate in a "Battle of the Books" competition, in which students match SSYRA book titles to quotes from the text. For three consecutive years, our team has come in 2nd place. Next year, we want to win it all! In order to be Battle of the Books champions, we need multiple copies of the SSYRA books.
Our project includes 60 books that will be shared between two classroom libraries and more than 40 students.
We are requesting four copies of each of the 2019-2020 SSYRA titles. During the summer, we will read each book and at the beginning of the school year, we will introduce the titles to the students and staff through a "book tasting". These books will be read by our students throughout the entire school year. They will also help our Battle of the Books team prepare for competition.
Help us get these new novels into the hands of our eager students and bring home the gold in 2020!
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