My 5th grade students are engaging, voracious readers who love to ask questions about obscure topics. Their newest obsession is anything creepy and crawly, the more outrageous the better. One of their all time favorite subjects is history, the wackier the more interesting.
A goal for my students is for them to become life long readers and learners.
I encourage them to read outside their comfort zone, to help shape their knowledge of the world and become global citizens. I model what I preach, you can usually find me sitting down with a good book. Students in my class are inquisitive, open-minded, and inspiring. As a result, they challenge me to find ways to bring the world into the classroom through quality texts. Together we are shaping the next generation of scientists, engineers, teachers, and innovators.
"Where is Lincoln buried?"
"Do zombies really exist?"
"Who invented ice cream sundaes?"
These questions are just the tip of the iceberg that my curious students want answered. Sorry, but Google just won't cut it!! We need access to rich, complex, challenging nonfiction texts.
My school is new to Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). The nonfiction unit, "Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction", emphasizes access to high interest, rigorous, authentic texts. My library is rich in fiction books, however, there are a limited number of nonfiction texts, which is not enough to run the program effectively. Some of the current nonfiction texts are either too easy for my 5th grade students or not of interest to them. Through the funding of this project, my aim is to increase the selection of high interest, rigorous, authentic texts.
One of the TCRWP Reading Units of Study goals is to read common texts in book clubs, so students will be able to have discussions on many different levels. Ordering 4 copies of the same nonfiction text, will enable my students to choose topics that interest and engage them in accountable book talks. The book talks will develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, and collaboration to become insightful individuals.
Your donation towards this project will enable my students to have access to high interest nonfiction texts. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support for our future leaders.
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