My students are self-motivated and active participants in any clubs, music, art and or sports activities that are offered at the school. They are kind and caring and seek out ways to improve the daily lives of others in the school building.
The student population is from a large urban city where every student receives a free breakfast and 90% of the students receive free or reduced-cost lunch.
The district aligns enrollment to the local neighborhoods so many students can walk to school or are bused from a close distant. This provides a culture of family and loyalty to enhancing and beautifying the area where they live and learn.
My group of 5th graders come to school early every Wednesday for a book club. There is no transportation available, so the families make it a priority to make sure the students are able to attend. Literacy is highly regarded and supported.
How To Speak Dolphin is a book about an autistic boy and his sister's struggle to help her brother navigate through life's obstacles. A visit to Mystic Aquarium will connect and bring to life the obstacles and triumphs that Lily and her brother shared.
5th grade students read this book, written by Ginny Rorby, and discussed the many topics that were weaved throughout the story including autism, marine rehabilitation, step families and social acceptance of everybody.
The opportunity to visit Mystic Aquarium will provide students a hand's on look at how marine animals are rehabilitated and cared for in a natural environment. Many of the students do not have the chance to travel to and experience this wonderful site.
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