Our small K-8 school is located right outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Students spend a lot of time learning about the island's unique geology and biology through place-based, project-based learning.
'Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family, and the perfect way to describe the students in our school.
There is only one class per grade level, and some of the students are classmates together for 8 years!
We are a Title I school. Some of our students travel an hour each way to attend our school. Some students don't have internet access at home; some don't have running water! Despite any hardships, our students are hard working and curious about the world around them!
Our classroom library is an aging collection of random books. The books are outdated, unknown titles and the students are not exactly enthusiastic about reading them.
We need fresh, award-winning books that will pique the students' interest.
I have asked for five copies each of several Newbery Award and Honor books written in the past five years. We don't have a single one of these books in our classroom.
Students will participate in literature circles every quarter using these books. They will browse the books, choose one that interests them, then read and discuss it with their peers. The goal is to have students excited and passionate about reading! These award-winning books will help generate interest - they are worth reading!
The students at my school do not have easy access to a library, nor is there a new book store on our island. It will be a novel experience to have access to recently published novels!
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