I am lucky to have a wide range of cultures and learning abilities in my classroom. Every single student has many strengths to share, and they support one another on a daily basis. They take chances, aren't afraid to make mistakes and learn from them, and are an all-around amazing group of 10 year olds. Approximately 80% of my students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged.
My students aren't just classmates; they are family.
They take care of each other and enjoy every second of their learning together. What's really exciting is that their love of learning is constantly growing. Every student shows up ready to learn each and every day. They have a common goal: all students want to succeed so that they can be prepared for middle school next year! Their positive attitudes are contagious, and they really make me look forward to each day in the classroom.
This year, as we approached Women's History Month, I found myself presented with a challenge. As I looked through my classroom and school libraries, I found that I was severely lacking access to books focused on the stories of successful women. I've chosen 31 books to add to our classroom library that represent women in various roles, from past to present, who have intriguing stories of perseverance.
I want my students to read and experience the stories of women who have made a difference in our world.
I know that these stories will empower, engage, and inspire my fifth grade students. These books will give my classroom access to stories that represent the multiple cultures that are within my classroom so that students will see themselves within the women they read about. Books inspire readers of all ages. It is my hope that as my students see themselves within the stories they read, they will be inspired to make their own mark on society.
I want to use these stories to go beyond a month of focus on Women's History. These stories will be shared throughout the year. I will use these stories to engage students in discussions. My students will be able to compare and contrast the stories as their knowledge of these remarkable women grows. They will be engaged in writing practice as they respond to the stories they read. They may just curl up in the corner by themselves and enjoy the story independently. There are endless possibilities for engaging students once we have access to these stories. These amazing books will teach and inspire my fifth grade students for many years to come.
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