I teach an amazing group of 34 fourth graders who are excited to learn and are always searching for the next book to read. These students love to explore different genres and enjoy asking questions. During the school day, our grade level does an English Language Arts rotation in which I get to work with many other beautifully resilient students from the other classes. Although it is sometimes difficult to fit in our classroom and find enough resources during this rotation, the students are resourceful and just as eager to learn.
The hunger for exploration and answers that my students have is what makes teaching them so unique and exciting.
These students never fail to surprise me every day with their inquisitions and growth. Some times it's even hard to keep up with their thirst for new books-- an amazing problem to have! I hope to meet a bit of their need with the help of our community and allow them the opportunity to continue diving into the world of literature.
"When given the choice between being right or being kind... choose kind." - Dr. Wayne Dyer, "Wonders"
Kindness is something we all hope to instill in our students-- and so are reading comprehension skills.
This class set of "Wonders" by R.J. Palacio will help drive our English Language Arts lessons during ELA rotations, giving students the opportunity to read an amazing piece of literature about choosing kindness. Students will be able to enrich their reading comprehension skills working deeply with the text and having the ability to have their own book to work with while building empathy as we go along the journey of the main character. Throughout this book, we will learn skills such as character motivation, traits vs. emotions, theme, and many other reading comprehension strategies.
My students have an amazing ability to engage with text when they have the proper resources, namely, their own books to refer to and read from. Their will and excitement to read about characters that they can relate to has always heightened their attitude and positivity towards reading. These books will help do just that and make reading inclusive and fun!
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