My students need 22 books at multiple levels, from "Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People" to "Catcher in the Rye".
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
We are a class of book-lovers! Our classroom is a general education fifth grade class in New York. My students are approximately 75% English Language Learner students, and 95% qualify for the government-funded free breakfast and lunch programs. Ours is a high-need school in a low-income community where students have many needs, including those that are related to academics.
Students in classrooms like mine perform, on average, three grade levels behind their peers in high-income communities. While my students’ math scores could compete with those of other fourth graders in urban areas, their reading and writing could not hold a candle to other fourth graders. Rather, my students’ average reading and writing levels at the beginning of last year fell somewhere near a beginning of second grade level; by the end of the year, most of them had grown over one year in literacy! I moved up with my same class of fourth graders to the fifth grade, and in order to continue growing as readers, we need high-interest books on each of their levels for them to read.
Throughout the day, students practice the strategies we have learned in class with books that they choose themselves, based on their current reading level and interests. Because so often students do not reach one year's growth in a school year, our class goal is that all students reach 1.5 years of reading growth. Reading is incorporated into most every aspect of our day - however, the thirty minutes of Independent Reading that we do as a class in the morning is the most important.
Students need a variety of books at all levels in order to grow as readers and critical thinkers. I am asking for excellent children's books that will be used by my students during our thirty minutes of Independent Reading time each day. Our library is growing every day, and I cannot tell you how excited my students are at the prospect of a new addition! I am convinced improving our classroom library will have measurable effects on my students’ literacy growth!
For many students, this is the only part of their day that they can read quietly, without any other distractions or responsibilities. A variety of well-written books from which students can select Independent Reading material will keep students reading - and ultimately - learning!
You will make it possible for my fifth grade students to read books they might have never otherwise been exposed to. They will have a greater selection of books from which to choose; this freedom allows students to read about things they are interested in, thereby making reading a lot more fun! Furthermore, these books will allow students to practice reading and reading strategies that will help them develop in decoding and comprehending texts. My students will look forward to getting lost in one of the books provided by your generous donation!
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