My 5th graders are ambitious learners and love to dive into amazing literature. What makes my students extra special is that they are part of our district's only Spanish Dual Immersion program. This means that they are learning content areas in both English and in Spanish.
My students, as any other students, flourish when they make connections.
The great advantage of my students is that they are able to do it in two languages. They are able to experience great literature and information both in English and in Spanish. The amount of connections and levels of complex thinking is high. These kiddos get so fascinated when they recall information. They are eager to share their knowledge or whenever their "lightbulb" lights bright on about a new idea, new concept or have an in-depth question that they want to share with the class. They are a true example of what is means to be lovers of learning.
These books will help enhance my student's learning by making connections. There is so much to learn and so little time. The best way to deepen once knowledge is by continuing to make connections through various methods.
When students connect to an idea/concept, their learning is magnified.
The book, "Boy of the Painted Cave," will not only help the students relate to the character's challenges and experiences but, also help them understand how civilization has changed and how in some ways remained the same.
My students have the gift of being bilingual. They would greatly enjoy reading the book, "Cajas de carton." They have previously read a fictional novel the previous year and will be able to understand the similarities and differences of a fiction novel and an autobiography that encounter similar situations. They would also be able to connect how external events affects one's life and outcome.
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