My fourth grade students are a curious group who love discovering the world through books. They love both silently reading by themselves and being read to. My students are open to reading any of the books I suggest and, after, love to discuss what they read. I especially enjoy watching them make recommendations to each other.
My students and their excitement for books remind me why I fell in love with teaching and reading years ago.
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the students fall in love with reading. You always know they love it if they get mad when it is time to stop! Many of my students (67%) receive free or reduced rate lunch, but that statistic does not hold them back. They are eager to devour and love getting their hands on new knowledge. Providing them books that are at their level and of high interest to them is just one way I can enhance their knowledge and help them to see that they too can overcome challenges that life may bring.
Graphic novels will make a huge difference for my reluctant readers. At the moment, these struggling readers see a typical chapter book and are immediately overwhelmed by the number of words on each page.
By providing a variety of graphic novels, these students will be able to use the picture clues to connect the text and gain confidence in their comprehension.
Students can still apply literacy based skills we are covering in class to their graphic novels and still show understanding.
Once they have the confidence of reading graphic novels, they can then transition into chapter books at their level and still feel successful.
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