I always plan my year with the end in mind. At the end of the year, I see my class reading, writing, and talking about books. They don't just read; they laugh; they discover; they understand; they get lost in a book. Every class is different, but one thing stays the same, they always need more books.
I have an energetic, intelligent, super-chatty, curious, set of first graders.
They love being read to and especially like acting out the characters. I have 27 students, 19 boys and 8 girls - no wonder this class is so energetic. I am teaching them to be kind and courteous to one another. They like taking "observation" walks with their "I wonder" journals and playing games like charades. They love having math discussions where they can share their expertise in solving problems. They love books that make them laugh. They love learning sign language and the language of the month (currently we are learning Spanish). They believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. They have no inhibitions - they dance like no one is watching and sing their hearts out. They love movies with their families, playing tag, and making tents at home. They LOVE video games. I love the sound of their laughter and am honored that for a short time, I get to be a part of their beautiful lives.
I will use the books to meet my year end goals - students will be actively reading, writing, and talking about books. The books will be available to all the students in my class. Each student is at a different reading level, so having leveled books is imperative to meet their needs. If they are reading at their level, they will experience success and confidence as a reader. Each student has different interests and prefer particular genres. I requested a balanced number of fiction and non-fiction with high interest topics to entice picky readers. My students will be able to find books they WANT to read - giving students a choice is incredibly empowering. A library is like a treasure chest. Each book is a precious commodity.
This project will make a difference by giving the students in my class an opportunity to be surrounded by a treasure of books.
My class needs books that are at their level, books that they are interested in, books that will eventually become their favorites. The more often a child reads, the better reader he/she becomes. In order for them to read early and often, I have to make sure they have the books they need. Strong readers are learning a lifelong skill. I am preparing them for the future.
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