I teach the most incredible group of young, active, and creative young minds I could have asked for this year! Each and every one of my sweet students is an active learner in the classroom and has set a learning goal for themselves this school year.
We are doing our best each day to improve not just as students, but as people, and to grow and learn together in a cohesive environment.
The school where this class is located happens to be a Title I school, meaning a large percentage of attending students come from low-income households. Though some of my students have everything they need to succeed, others need a bit more support to reach their full potential.
The school in which I work is an amazing environment to be a part of, however, it does have its drawbacks. These students have everything it takes to learn new skills and be successful in their educational career; the only problem is that they don't always have the tools needed to get them there. I put as much money as I can, but with more expensive projects I could use a little help!
My students utilize my classroom library each and every day. I have about 100 books in it, and over time those books get very worn down. The most popular series among my students are Elephant & Piggie, the Pigeon books, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Since these books are handled every day, they are beginning to fall apart and our classroom library is beginning to lose some of the favorites.
With these three series of books, even my less-confident readers enjoy seeing what will happen next, and I want to continue encouraging that by adding new additions and a wider variety to the current selection.
I watch in amazement every afternoon as students pair up and take turns reading as Piggie and Gerald, using lots of expression and giggling as they turn the page. They also love Mo Williams' other very popular (and easy to read) series about the Pigeon. These books are teaching them fluency and expression while still being fun! I also watch my more advanced readers pour over the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, finishing one and immediately heading to the library to search for the next one in the series.
I currently have 8 Piggie & Gerald books, 2 Pigeon books, and 2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books available in my classroom. Students were checking out additional copies in the school library, but they only get to go once a week and I don't want to limit their ability to get their hands on a good book! Please consider helping me expand my current library and replace beloved books that have begun to fall apart due to years of heavy use. I'm seeing such a difference in fluency, expression, and an overall love of reading with these, and I don't want it to stop!
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