As a teacher in a low-income rural school, my students lack access to some necessary resources. I work with 60 students each day. In my English Language Arts (ELA) classes this year, we will read a variety of novels and other texts. We will also study a variety of themes found in literature. One important aspect of my daily ELA block is self-selected reading.
Self-selected reading engages the students in books of their choice, aligning with their personal interests.
My students love reading all around the room in flex seating options. My goal as an ELA teacher is to help students gain a love for lifelong reading!
Research shows that students who read for 20 minutes a day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. The research also shows that students in classrooms with high-quality classroom libraries read 50 percent more than those who do not have access to a high-quality library.
One challenge I have is providing an adequate amount of books that interest my students.
I ask my students to read for at least 20 minutes a day. Therefore, I inventoried my students’ interests in books to determine the kind of books I should add to my library. Based on the inventory results, I created this project to increase the amount of informational books. I want to encourage my students to read on a daily basis, and a big part of encouraging them to read is to have books and topics that interest them. These books will increase many of my students desire to read, and this will directly benefit their reading engagement and skills.
I have requested a variety of informational books on topics that interest my students. Students have access daily to the classroom library. Students will read the books I have requested as a part of self-selected reading. My students have 15-20 minutes during the school day for self-selected reading. Students also read nightly for homework and record their reading on a reading log. The books that I have selected will be available for the students to read in school or take home and read for their homework. Students will benefit from the additional high-quality informational books this project will add to my classroom library.
|Where the Sidewalk Ends Poems and Drawings • AKJ Education||$14.59||1||$14.59|
|Love That Dog • AKJ Education||$4.33||3||$12.99|
|100 Great Poems for Boys • AKJ Education||$10.22||1||$10.22|
|Abraham Lincoln The Great Emancipator • AKJ Education||$7.99||1||$7.99|
|Sports From Ancient Olympics to the Super Bowl • AKJ Education||$6.53||1||$6.53|
|Eli Whitney and the Cotton Gin • AKJ Education||$5.91||1||$5.91|
|Classic Poems to Read Aloud • AKJ Education||$5.84||1||$5.84|
|The New Americans Colonial Times: 1620-1689 • AKJ Education||$5.83||1||$5.83|
|Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education||$5.19||1||$5.19|
|The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • AKJ Education||$5.19||1||$5.19|
|Teammates • AKJ Education||$5.19||1||$5.19|
|Wilma Unlimited How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • AKJ Education||$5.19||1||$5.19|
|Polar Bears and the Arctic: A Nonfiction Companion to Polar Bears Past Bedtime • AKJ Education||$5.10||1||$5.10|
|If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution • AKJ Education||$5.10||1||$5.10|
|And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|The Best Book of Weather • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|Sharks • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|A Boy Called Slow The True Story of Sitting Bull • AKJ Education||$4.54||1||$4.54|
|George vs. George The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides • AKJ Education||$4.52||1||$4.52|
|Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. • AKJ Education||$4.49||1||$4.49|
|Twisters and Other Terrible Storms • AKJ Education||$4.21||1||$4.21|
|George Washington Carver: The Peanut Wizard • AKJ Education||$3.89||1||$3.89|
|Volcanoes: and Other Natural Disasters • AKJ Education||$3.59||1||$3.59|
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This classroom project was brought to life by The DonorsChoose.org Community and 4 other donors.