Creating good readers requires just one item, a book. Third graders are a fun mix of little kid and almost a big kid and wanting to be a bigger kid. In reality, most of my kids are either on grade level or just below grade level. They don't want "baby books" even if that is what they can read. They want books that everyone else thinks are cool books. Graphic novels are a big hit right now with 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. When I was younger I thought there were too many words in a comic book, or they were just for boys. Not anymore! There are a ton of graphic novel choices.
I have students that like to read, love to read, and dislike reading.
If I can get a book in their hands they can relate to, they will enjoy it a little bit more.
I have had my current classroom library for about five years. It has a mix of books from 1st grade through 5th-grade reading levels. A lot of the books are getting worn out and ripped up. I would like to replace a lot of the books for next year's students.
Allowing students to read interesting books on their level helps them become more confident readers and thinkers. Having access to fiction and non-fiction books allows each student to chose what they would like to read that day.
It's a great day when a student comes to school and gets excited about any new or different books that I have in my class library.
Building a print-rich library can open the door to so many places students would never know about, otherwise.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this project to help my students become the best readers they can be. Letting them go on adventures to the world of Harry Potter, The Bad Guys, Stick Dog and many more!
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