The students in my classroom are Chinese bilingual students in a Title I school with new immigrants with low income and high poverty backgrounds.
The students in my classroom come from a family background that does not speak English as a first language and usually does not read at grade level.
Our school is one of the largest elementary schools in the city, with around 700 students. The opportunity and achievement gaps are apparent among our student population with little funding available to provide the necessary resources for the students to thrive. Despite many hardships, my students are eager to learn and to do their best. They want to be in school because they want to learn all they can so they can be successful in the future.
The materials that I am requesting help promote that although reading can be challenging, it also can be fun and easy. We all know that as students learn to read, some students struggles more than the others. The class library that I inherited is dated and the some of the books are at the wrong level. As a new teacher, I’m not sure which books fit into the correct level. Sometimes it is such a struggle for those students who are not yet at grade level reading.
With these new leveled books, my students will be able to choose from a variety of wonderful books that they can build their independence on the road of reading wonder!
My students love to read and are ready for independent reading, but with the current class library, it’s hard for them to choose the right books and the ones that interest them. These new books will fit into their interests and increase their ability to read independently both in class and at home!
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