My students need desk maps to see the world with a better view, they need a globe as a reference in the classroom, and they need books to read about places around the world.
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Despite the challenges many of my students bring from home, they have met every challenge I have given them this year and continue to exceed my expectations. My students come from a low-income/high poverty community, and despite the challenges the face in and out of the classroom, they are making growth in many areas. They look out for each other, support each other, cheer each other on, coach each other, and keep each other accountable. The environment we have created in our classroom is one of safety, respect, personal growth, and collaborative learning.
Most of the students I teach are not provided with opportunities to travel outside of their community.
They often lack the resources necessary to see what the world is like out of their "bubble." They also have not been exposed the kind of literacy outside of school that would provide them with knowledge of other places, people, and cultures. The lack of this knowledge makes it difficult for my students to understand concepts of history, civics, and geography. They deserve to learn about what other places are like, even if they are not going to be able to travel to those places!
My students need maps that they see closely and use daily. We currently use our wall maps, and I use a laser pointer when talking about different places in the world. It is very difficult for the students to reference what I am talking about when they do not have these maps right in front of them. I encourage my students to learn all of the states and capitals of the United States of America, and they enjoy learning these. I currently only have one small map for students to refer to. In 5th grade, the curriculum revolves around U.S. History. When my students do not understand much about their country or the regions within, they have a difficult time wrapping their heads around the foundations of our Nation.
When students have access to literature, the world is at their fingertips.
I have a wonderful and diverse classroom library, but one thing my library is lacking are engaging informational books about places around the world. My students are so curious about monuments and landmarks, but it is difficult for them to engage in most resources available to learn about these places. The "Where Is?" series of books are written for my students' grade level, and they have been a popular series for my students. I am teaching my students to be lifelong learners and that by reading they can learn anything.
Finally, my students also need a world globe in addition to maps. They need to see the world from this spatial perspective. My students know that the world is round, but when referring to hemispheres and regions of the world, they will have a better understanding of this when they can see the world as a scaled model rather than only ever using a flat representation.
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