Help me give my students a variety of nonfiction and historical fiction books like the Who Was? series and the I Survived series to help kids learn about historical figures and events with unique, engaging approaches!
Do you remember how exciting it was to read a new book in the classroom library as a child? My 24 fourth grade students are enthusiastic, passionate readers who challenge themselves to read books of all genres. They are eager to learn about the world around them by exploring different cultures, beliefs, and scientific discoveries as they read.
Children discover the world through books.
My students engage in higher level thinking conversations about the literature they read by asking questions, researching information and discussing how literary elements work together to enhance our understanding of the text as readers.
As my students listen to each other's ideas, they challenge their peers with questions like, "How did you come up with that idea?" or "I agree with you, but I would like to add..." and even, "Could you show me evidence to explain your idea?" By using this accountable talk, my students are demonstrating a love for reading and learning while respectfully and democratically learning how to talk about their discoveries while reading.
Children understand the world around them by reading. They are able to learn about historical events, figures, scientific discoveries and more with each new book they pick up. My classroom library is currently made up of over 75% fiction books. My goal is to provide my students with more nonfiction and historical/realistic fiction books. This will help my students understand the world we live in and how it came to be through series like I Survived and Who Was? The I Survived series is geared towards helping children understand the time period and era of major historical events from the perspective of children. The Who Was? series explains the importance of historical figures in the world and how their contributions have led us where we are now using kid friendly language, visuals and engaging topics.
Books give readers perspective.
Children are learning everyday how to understand the world. As they read diverse books from a variety of genres, students are able to make connections to other historical events, other books they've read and their own lives. This allows for perspective that furthers a child's understanding of an event or discovery that took place, which promotes reading comprehension and a love for reading and learning.
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