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We Lose Ourselves in Books...We Find Ourselves There Too!
My students need 13 canvas book bags to fill with fun.
My students need 13 novels to motivate them as readers.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss.
Reading, and a love of reading, will prepare my scholars for success in college and the world beyond.
Each morning, my students leave their homes and their own preconceived notions of their reading ability to work at meeting the highest of expectations.
While many of the students have taken the books in my classroom and ran with them... others have seemed to hit a wall. They read nightly because it is required of them. They read during class when the teacher asks. They read because their friends are reading. What they don't do is read because they want to. These children say they just don't like reading, but the truth is that many of them simply don't understand what they're reading. It is my hope that the book bags I create will not only excite them and get them reading, but also help them to understand what's going on along the way.
Every couple of weeks, students will be given the opportunity to take home one of the book bags. In the book bag will be the novel paired with a comprehension guide containing questions and activities that can be completed with family. It is often said that "children are made readers on the laps of their parents." So many parents have reached out asking how they can support their child and these kits will give them the resources they need. Not only will there be a guide to accompany each book, but also a handful of activities in every bag. For "Hatchet," they'll go on a scavenger hunt outdoors and experiment with filtering water. They'll learn how to blow bubbles and build a Popsicle stick house for "The Great Gilly Hopkins." After reading "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," they'll use the enclosed ingredients to make salt dough and create their own museum artifacts.
Taking home the book bags will be an exciting opportunity to the students in my classroom.
They'll be motivated to read, anxiously await discussions with their family, and eager to complete the culminating activities at the end of each novel. It is my hope that these book bags will not only improve comprehension, but more-so help the students to fall in love with reading.
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