My students need high interest, easy readers to motivate them to read independently. They want Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, Biscuit and Pete the Cat boxed sets of stories written for their reading level.
My students are high energy and enjoy talking, movement, music and reading. I encourage communication and collaboration through teamwork and value the support that students can provide for each other. Our elementary school is a Title I school in southern California with a diverse student population. Thirty percent of my students are receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Forty percent of my students are English Language Learners. Many of our students walk to school, as we are located in the middle of a neighborhood, and are walking distance from several apartment complexes. My first grade students are high-energy and creative. They enjoy talking to each other and talking about themselves.
My students are learning how to be responsible, set achievable goals and develop a positive growth mindset.
They are motivated by high-interest topics that are relatable to their real lives. They enjoy coming to school and need to be challenged at their highly individualized ability levels. Having self-confidence and regularly hearing words of encouragement makes a real difference in the lives of my students as they are more likely to be successful when they believe in themselves.
My first grade students love learning how to read and they are especially drawn to the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie books. They need easier readers, written for a level A reading level. I've been hard at work collecting books for several years, but my collection is missing a variety of high-interest level A-C books. I'm attempting to expand our classroom library to include books that I know the students will be interested in. I want them to enjoy and develop a love for reading.
The right book in the hands of a child who is motivated to learn how to read is a beautiful thing.
I can use these books to encourage my reluctant readers because they show more interest in these titles. My students want to read, they just need vivid illustrations and engaging stories to capture their imaginations. They love sharing similar books with their peers so I am attempting to amass a library where I can organize multiple bins of books by the same authors or similar styles.
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