I teach ELA and social studies to two classes of fourth graders who are eager to learn. My classroom is not just a place to learn, it is also a place where my students discover that they are able to change the world through the choices and decisions they make in their lives.
The majority of students at my school receive free or reduced-price lunch, meaning they qualify for at least part, if not all, of the cost of their meals to be paid for by the district due to low parent income at home.
Many of my students come from low-income homes and this can negatively impact their ability to learn successfully.
I teach readers at all reading levels - from above level, to on level, to below level. However, they all come to school wanting to learn with positive attitudes about school, no matter what is going on in their lives. They are hard workers who want to do good things with their lives and they know it starts here in the classroom.
I teach Reading and Social Studies in a school that is ethnically diverse. While I have a classroom library with many books for my students, I realized most of the books contain Caucasian main characters, and very few of my students are Caucasian. This project will provide books for my students to help them see themselves in what they read.
Sometimes, seeing a version of yourself in what you read can help inspire you to do things you may not believe you can do.
My students sometimes struggle in the classroom, and the chosen books in this project will help them see that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. These books range from fiction stories to true stories about diverse people who have done amazing things.
As we work through our 40 Book Challenge next school year, these books will be available to my students to check out, read, and hopefully see the great things they are capable of accomplishing in the real world.
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