Within my school, almost 90% of students live in poverty. While the school has initiatives that provide students with free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and weekend food bags, many students are unable to come to school with supplies and spend time in classrooms that are not fully equipped with necessary materials.
My fourth graders are resilient individuals who face many challenges when they leave school; although there are a variety of trials in the world, our classroom is a place of solace and success.
Fourth grade is a time where students have deep, clear feelings about school and the world around them - and they let those feelings be known! They are learners who dive into rigorous academic content and require a comfortable, predictable learning environment.
Every student deserves a quality education, and my fourth graders are no exception. They are kind, capable learners who amaze me by what they accomplish daily and throughout the school year.
My students deserve a classroom environment equipped with adequate materials that help them receive a quality education.
Foldables. Interactive Notebook pages. Literature genre posters. What do these all have in common? Paper! I want to make sure that my classroom is never running low on colorful construction paper and cardstock, allowing my students to create projects that show their understanding of subject matter in exciting ways.
I want to make sure that my students are understanding the curriculum needed for fourth graders, but are also having meaningful learning experiences while doing so.
The copy paper will be kept for printing emergencies while the colored paper will be used with the gluesticks to enrich students' interactive notebooks and continue allowing students to create projects that encourage creativity and individual expression. The Lysol wipes will allow for our desks to stay clean during and after these learning experiences.
So far this school year, I have seen a noticeable increase in engagement when I switched things up so that students created a cardstock foldable in Virginia Studies to show understanding of the American Indian language groups, made their own author's purpose posters during stations, and had colorful interactive notebook pages instead of plain white paper. I would love to continue creating these different learning experiences with a simple switch such as colored paper. Additionally, multiple studies have shown that it's easier to remember things when placed on colored paper over plain paper. I would love to continue providing these memorable experiences for my students. We thank you in advance for your support!
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