Our library is truly the heart of our school. Every morning our library welcomes part of our middle school population who is made up of 88% economically disadvantage and 50% English Language Learners. Our school is located about 10 miles from the Mexican borders so many come from homes where English is not the first language. Our middle school students visit the library to find resources, find a safe space to read and work, and find a place to share their talents and ideas with a community of learners.
Our library provides students may opportunities to create and collaborate with others in a nonthreatening environment.
I want all students, but especially those who are English Language Learners, to feel safe when taking risks, to experiment and learn from their mistakes, and to practice their language skills. By providing them with engaging activities, such as Rubik's Cube mural building activities, they get to practice collaboration, practice language skills, and have fun.
The Rubik's cubes puzzles will help my students communicate and collaborate in a fun and engaging way. In order to solve the cubes and create various mosaic art pieces, they will need patience, perseverance, and team work.
As students work in teams to complete their mosaic, they will practice communication skills and increase their confidence.
The communication part is especially important for our English Language Learners because they will practice language skills with a purpose. They also help and support each other as they are solving their puzzles because they understand that each Rubik's cube is essential to creating the whole mosaic.
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