My students are SO awesome! They are kind, quirky, and so much fun!
Our classroom is full of diverse learners.
We speak 6 languages and come from 8 different countries! Our school is a Title I school, and we come from a variety of backgrounds. Our classroom includes English Language Learner students, Special Education students, Gifted and Talented students, and a Visually Impaired student. We have a strong classroom community and value all our unique perspectives. We love to work together, share our ideas, and have fun learning new things.
Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate, is one of my favorite books to read with my students and I would love to have a class set so each kid can use a book. I integrate this novel with our Immigration and Human Rights unit. The story is told from the perspective of an old oak tree in a neighborhood. Throughout the story you learn how the neighborhood has changed over time as different refugees and immigrants moved in (the perfect connection to our social studies standards). When neighbors aren't welcoming to a new Muslim family in the neighborhood, the tree decides to intervene.
I work at a school with a large refugee population and my favorite part of this novel is how it helps my students see the value of diversity and acceptance.
I think it is important for kids to see themselves in the literature we read in class. My students can relate to this book and it always ends up as a class favorite!
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