My students need fiction and nonfiction books to borrow, read at home and then share with our class by orally retelling and reporting on them during our Book Sharing time.
I can't imagine not having a book to read at home. Unfortunately, for many students, not having a good book to read outside of school is a reality. My students will benefit tremendously by being given the opportunity to practice listening to, reading, and talking about books with their families.
My kindergarten students are extremely diverse in their backgrounds and the experiences they bring with them to school.
Nearly half of our population qualifies for assistance with school meals. One of the most exciting things about kindergarten students is their enthusiasm for learning. They truly are little sponges and especially love BOOKS! Many families do not have access to great children's literature, but regardless of their circumstances, every child lights up when a book is put into their little hands.
Last year, I implemented a Book Sharing activity in which students were asked to bring books from home to share with the class. Our focus was on orally re-telling fiction stories by sharing key story elements using specific language (characters, setting, first, next, last). For non-fiction, students reported on what they learned and the key components of an informational text (table of contents, structure, facts). Another goal is to provide many opportunities for the children to talk about books. What did they like or dislike? What was the author's purpose? This program was a success, but one critical piece was lacking. Several of my students had limited access to books for sharing. I was able to provide books for those with none, but want to do it for all. With a classroom library of books for sharing, I can guide and monitor their selections. I have selected many fiction and nonfiction books that will provide students with quality literature to share with their families and classmates.
With the books I have selected, my students will be able to borrow books to use at home with their families.
Parents will be involved in the process of preparing for Sharing Day and can support their child's learning with great literature. The children will have a wide selection of books to choose from and every child will have an equal opportunity to be successful. The skills targeted through this program are based on our Common Core Standards and are essential to their development as readers.
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