My 3rd grade students are fantastic and attend a Title I school in Jacksonville, Florida. The students I have the privilege of teaching are very diverse including ethnicity, socioeconomic levels, and academic abilities. Through our differences, I strive to teach qualities such as acceptance, empathy, and friendship. The lessons I taught in the regular, face-to-face classroom have transitioned into our distance learning classroom because of the Covid-19 pandemic. My students and I are creating an online classroom that is engaging and supportive of academics and mental health.
The books I have requested are essential to help students develop a passion for reading. By using books on students reading levels, they are able to read them independently, with a partner, or I could use them as a class read aloud.
The classroom library I currently have is outdated and does not include the high-interest books that students love to read.
If the books offered to students do not look interesting to them, there is a less likely chance that they will not want to read them. While I do teach that we should never judge a book by its cover, for 3rd graders, it's the cover of a book that draws them into the story.
Since I teach in a Title I school, many students do not have books to read at home. Studies have shown that the more students read at home improves their overall academic performance. Therefore, I allow students to check books out of my classroom library to read at home with their parents. Unfortunately, many times these books don't always come back, which takes a toll on the books available for students to check out. Since there is rarely money to replenish classroom libraries, I replace most of the books with my own money.
The Social Studies materials that I have requested correlate to the newer Social Studies standards that the state has implemented. We have not received new social standards curriculum in fifteen years, therefore, I have very little to teach the new standards, which focuses heavily on geography and American History.
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