My third graders are some of the most inquisitive, hardest working, and unique individuals I have ever met. We are a small part of a larger learning community of over 900 students. No two students that enter my classroom are the same. We come from different countries, socioeconomic statuses, and family dynamics. One thing all of my students have in common is the want to learn, and need for a comfortable, conducive space.
My students deserve engaging and rigorous reading materials.
As a 3rd grade classroom in the state of Ohio, our 3rd graders are required to pass a reading test in order to be promoted to the next grade. That is a lot of pressure to face at the ages of 8 and 9. Yet, they come to school every day with smiles.
In order for students to be successful in today's society, they need to be equipped with 21st century leadership skills. Employers are looking to hire individuals who can think critically, communicate respectfully and effectively, and have creative minds. I want to use reading as a pathway for my students to develop these skills.
Scholastic News magazines will give my students the opportunity to read and think critically about the world around them.
The current events articles will be the basis for forming class discussions, debating opinions, and sharing what we've learned.
My students deserve more than a textbook or black and white worksheet. They deserve to develop a deep-rooted love for reading. My goal is to help them realize that reading is a powerful tool they will use the rest of their lives, while simultaneously preparing them for their futures. These materials will help me do just that.
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