My students are sixth graders in a multicultural urban community. We have an extremely limited budget with minimal support from our local government to fund basic supplies.
These students love their neighborhood school because it creates a sense of community.
This is especially important because many of the students come from broken homes. They are excited to learn but often times do not have access to the same materials that other students have from surrounding districts which leaves them at a disadvantage.
One of the most important skills that I have to teach my students is the process of close reading an informational text. Why? Because by grade 12, these students should be reading nonfiction text 70% of the time! My students need to learn the type of text they are reading as well as the purpose of their reading. Here is where the Neon Read-On Kit comes into play! This kit will include glasses and a magnifying glass to help them search for pictures and text features. They will use the highlighters to look for key ideas and text structures helping them think about their reading deeply. Then imagine the dark classroom, students decked out in their glow in the dark gear ready for the main event. As their anticipation is building, they will flip on their black lights to check out the key ideas (which will be glowing) in order to summarize what they have just read! The LEGO bricks are visual for me to see the number of connections that the students are making while they are reading...the taller the tower, the more connections they have made. Once this incredible lesson has been taught, the students will look forward to repeating the same process (on a smaller level) and informational pieces of text won't seem so overwhelming. Plus, they will have an authentic learning experience to connect their previous learning to which is a win-win for us all! Please help me set the stage to engage my students' learning!
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