I teach in a low-income, high poverty neighborhood in Chicago. Over 97% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunches based on their socio-economic backgrounds.
My middle schoolers are passionate, highly motivated individuals who are passionate about school and love challenging themselves every day.
My classroom includes children who come from families experiencing poverty, have limited English proficiency or have learning disabilities. However, they all enjoy discovering, working, and learning together and encourage each other in and out of school. Despite the challenges they face, our teachers always try to create meaningful academic and social-emotional experiences that pique their interests.
This year, I have the honor of teaching sixth graders. Creating fun, educational activities will allow my students to have a more engaging and creative school year as well as create great memories with their friends.
My students need novels that discuss science themes and help them make a cultural connection. Seedfolks is a novel about a diverse community bonding and helping each other through a community garden. With this novel, students will explore what it means to be part of a community and how the actions of one person can positively impact an entire community. Students will grapple with how being part of a community can help a person change and evolve as they discover new things about themselves.
Help provide a struggling reader a chance to feel successful and find a character they connect with in my library.
This novel will be a great read-along with our spring unit. It will motivate our students when working in the school garden. It will also be used during small group reading with our diverse learners. Please help our sixth graders in obtaining fun and engaging novels.
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