My students need Charlotte's Web, Freckle Juice, & Hatchet novels! These are rich literature sets that aid children in improving their fluency and comprehension skills as well as engaging their creativity through additional STEM, engineering tasks.
The majority of my students are Native American, male, receive free or reduced breakfast/lunch, and are being raised in single-parent homes. They are a very social, inquisitive, bright, and active group of children. They are learning to work together as they explore their creative ideas and desire lots of opportunities to complete partner work/discussions and small group learning activities.
They enjoy reading, team-building exercises, and hands-on science and math activities.
My students are very bright and enjoy activities and literature that spark their creativity and problem-solving abilities; they enjoy being challenged! To consistently and effectively engage my students in their academic tasks, they require novel sets that aid their learning, enhance their fluency and comprehension skills, and enable them to participate in corresponding STEM (science and math experiments) activities that allow them to demonstrate what they've learned through the literature.
My 3rd graders need classroom sets of novels to help them to develop their fluency, questioning and inference skills, as well as be exposed to good literature.
Charlotte's Web, Hatchet, and Freckle Juice are all examples of rich literature I've used with previous classes; the students found each novel to be engaging and I found that they were anxiously awaiting Novel Time so that they could further read and discuss each story.
Furthermore, each novel has numerous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities/tasks that engage students' creativity and enhance their understanding of related Science/Math concepts.
For example, with the novel Hatchet, students create paper airplanes and test them to determine which could fly the farthest distance and remain in flight the longest. Or they can design/create a raft and test each to determine which design floats the best and holds the most weight. My past students loved these tasks and benefited greatly from the literature discussions and teamwork aspects of each STEM activity.
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