Our school is a small country school located within the city limits. On a typical day at our school, you will see students participating not just in math and language arts but also in units of in-depth study for our International Baccalaureate Program. These units focus heavily on science and history and are often incorporated into our math and language arts curriculum.
My students are masters of inquiry.
Through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP), students learn how to question their surroundings and what they are learning both in and out of the classroom. Our students experience inquiry on a daily basis.
This past summer I had the opportunity to read Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I try to read a couple of “children’s novels” every summer, and this one has been on my list since it was published in 2017.
Reading this “children’s” book changed how I view myself as a teacher.
Rarely do I ever have such a reaction to school-age novels, but Fish in a Tree made me think about how I approach my students in the classroom and encourage them to do their best, to think outside of the box, and to strive to reach high goals. I want to BE Mr. Daniels at my school!
I was so connected to this novel, and I believe my students may feel the same way. I would like to use Fish in a Tree to do a classroom novel study. That’s where you come in! In order to complete a novel study in my classroom, kiddos need to have a novel in their hands. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start off a new year by reading Fish in a Tree?!
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