My third graders are silly, passionate, and full of curiosity. Each morning, they greet me with hugs and high-fives, and they are enthusiastic to dive in head-first to a day filled with learning. They are global citizens-in-training, seeking opportunities for exceptional growth. Many of my students are learning English as a second language and have a diverse, unique set of experiences that enrich our classroom and school community.
I have had many of these students in my classroom for two years in a row now, and I have watched them blossom into such strong, passionate readers.
However, our classroom library is lacking new and interesting books for them to read. As their personalities grow and develop, my students are seeking to read books that help them learn more about topics that they personally find interesting. Last year, the blew through every picture book in our little library, and they yearned to read chapter books, which were in short supply. This year, I hope to be able to provide my students with more options for texts, so students can match their reading based on both their reading level and their personal taste.
Last year, my second graders finally began to understand the magic of reading. They overcame the struggles of trying to sound out tricky words and attend to punctuation, and they started to laugh at funny dialogue between characters and yearn to know what might happen in the next chapter. This year, I will have many of my same students returning to me as third graders!
Now that I know they have a developing love for reading, I want to sow the seeds and give them the materials they need to continue to grow a positive relationship with reading, both for learning and for fun.
My students' love for reading cannot continue to grow unless they have access to a variety of texts that they find captivating. No one would want to read the same, flimsy picture book day after day, so I don't expect my students to continue to read the same handful of books all year.
I want to spice up our classroom library with some popular, age-appropriate books, graphic novels, and series that will engage students during independent reading. Students become better readers by reading, and reading is the key that unlocks many doors for future leaders, writers, mathematicians, and scientists.
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