I teach in a 5th/6th public school in Manchester, CT. Two years ago 5th graders from around town moved from elementary schools into middle school. This resulted in a big change for our students and district. But there is one thing that hasn't changed my students love books!
Reading is a way of life in our classroom.
Any given day you will see kids lounging on a bean bag, or sitting in a window seat with a book in their hand. Soft shouts of, "No way!" and "That did not just happen," occasionally escapes their mouths as they reach a part in their books that elicit an emotion. What can I say? We love to read.
Walking into our classroom you will see students grabbing new nonfiction books that draw their interest. They are so curious of the world around them and at this age, they are beginning to explore new interests. As a child, I remember the feeling of finding an informational book that sparked as much joy as a fiction book did.
Having access to nonfiction texts at different levels of complexity will not only enhance my student's learning but it will reinforce my curriculum teaching.
Students are constantly asking me to find books about certain topics, and this is the chance I have to do that for them.
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