My Chicago Public School is located in a very diverse community that serves approximately 81% low-income students. There are currently 28 children in my first grade class. A large percentage of them are English Language Learners and Diverse Learners with varied abilities. They come to school each day with bright smiles and open minds, ready to tackle any topic I teach!
They are an active, inquisitive and spirited bunch, that thrive when provided with appropriate materials that enhance their learning!
This project focuses on the idea of, "space," including personal space and space for materials.
My first graders have transformed over the year into more independent learners and they are in need of a set of privacy partitions to define their personal space when working on independent tasks such as reading, writing, and math activities.
With a larger class size, this is often difficult for students to accomplish. These privacy partitions separate students from distractions and aid in more in depth focus and concentration.
Also, just as my students have grown in their ability to attend to tasks, they have also increased their reading skills. However, as they move into second grade they will be required to switch from, "learning to read" to "reading to learn." In order to capitalize on their already-instilled interests and further prepare them for the next grade, we need a book display system to showcase books related to our rotating themes throughout the year. This will allow my students to immediately choose the appropriate books to read in order to enhance their learning of specific concepts and gain practice with comprehension.
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