Each day, my Sharp Scholars enter our classroom excited and energized for learning. They know that through perseverance and hard work, they will be ready for college and career.
Although half of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch and many face challenges inside and outside of the school environment, this does not hinder their eagerness to learn.
They inspire me each day with their enthusiasm, and we create a classroom that serves as a safe space where they can take intellectual risks and develop deeper learning.
The picture books I’ve requested in this project include a variety of literature with powerful themes, entertaining plots, and beautiful illustrations. I use picture books as mentor texts in our classroom. Because picture books are short, we are able to enjoy and analyze a picture book within one class period. The power behind picture books is that we can refer to these books again and again as we continuously practice reading and writing skills throughout the school year. Additionally, I've requested book bins so that I can keep these books easily accessible and organized. Students will be able to reread these stories on their own whenever they feel inspired to do so.
Even “big kids” like my fourth-grade scholars love to be read to!
Reading a variety of picture books will expose my scholars to different genres, cultural traditions, and writing styles. I have chosen the picture books in this project with the themes of empathy, compassion, kindness, personal growth, and perseverance in mind. I can’t wait to engage my readers in thought-provoking discussions rooted in these amazing texts!
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