More than half of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Give Life to a Reader!
My students need 10 sets of guided reading books, including leveled fiction books, leveled informational texts, as well as age appropriate expository magazines.
At the beginning of the year I had my students come up with a list of rules for our classroom. Those rules included things like listening to the teacher, no yelling, no toys at school, etc. However, one rule stood out in particular: "Do science and learn how to read."
The school where I teach is a Title 1 school.
All but two of the 27 kids in my class are on free/reduced lunch. Most come from lower socioeconomic standing families. A lot of times basic needs such as food and clothing are not provided for in the homes due to lack of finances. Almost all the students have two parents that work, and don't always have the time, means, or ability to help these students read in English. All but two students are English language learners.
With this all being stated, this group of students is the most appreciative group of people I have ever been blessed to share my life with. They thank me at the end of each lesson, or during different learning activities. They are grateful for food, clothing, books, etc. When they learn something new they take it home and share it with their families. Their curiosity for the world is infectious. They appreciate all that they learn and are so determined to become readers, and be able to expand their worlds through literature.
Every morning my students and I start the day with calendar, phonics, and reading groups. However, reading groups without books is rather difficult to accomplish. Given these materials, my students would be able to break into flexible homogeneously grouped reading groups, and collaborate on appropriate texts with their classmates.
These leveled readers will help students master reading skills at their independent levels, and help their peers better their reading as well. They will be able to share opinions, and learn through texts with a group. Collaboration is a crucial part of our classroom community. I want all students to see reading as team effort. I want them to identify themselves as readers and feel confident. When the reading group has a leveled text that they can read together and understand, their passion for reading will skyrocket. The reading will come to life as they discuss informative and narrative texts, and ask each other about these new books!
First grade is the year students learn how to read.
It is enchanting to take part in. As exciting as it is, it is also exceedingly hard work. These are students who do not have access to books or help reading at home. It is imperative that they get time at school to read. I have the time and lessons ready for reading groups, now we just need books!
With these books, the students will become readers. This will forever enhance their lives, and provide opportunities otherwise out of reach.
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