I teach at a diverse, Title 1 school in Virginia. My students come from all over the world and each bring their own unique experiences and educational backgrounds. Our school has about 700 students many of whom receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch and English Learner services.
Learning to communicate in English is its' own unique challenge, however, learning to read in English is a difficult task, even for Native English speakers!
I want my students to be equipped with the tools they need to become successful readers and foster an environment where they desire to read and grow their own knowledge.
This year, I will work with 10 Guided Reading groups across Kindergarten and 2nd Grade. I want my students to have letter tiles to practice their spelling and phonemic awareness, books with characters that look like them, as well as, books that pique their curiosity.
These resources are beneficial for my students because they provide diverse reading experiences within our guided reading time. I want my students to be able to read books about their own traditions and share those experiences with their classmates. The Tales of Many Culture collection will help my students build their knowledge of each others' cultures and traditions while building their vocabularies and enabling them to practice reading skills and strategies we learn in class.
The magnetic letters will assist students in spelling key sight words, building their phonemic awareness, as well as, onset and rhyme.
The alphabet sound teaching tubs will assist in building my ELs vocabulary development and introducing them to new sounds and words within English.
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