My students need multiple classroom copies of books. My students' love to be read to after lunch. This is a great opportunity for them to practice fluency.
Every morning we start out our day with a Morning Meeting. Our class has a beanie baby named Mr. Scoop and they take turns giving their scoop on life. My students come from low income families and live in very poor conditions. I want my students to know is that I am here for them each and every day.
My students are "at risk of failure" students.
The school is located in the inner city and has 90% low income families. My students come to school with a lot of social and emotional problems. My students lack structure and stability. Besides a smiling face, that is one of the first things I try to give them.
I try to develop a love of reading in my students. I make sure no matter what happens throughout the day, we always take time out to read a chapter book. On typical days, we read right after lunch. I have a couple of sets so each child can follow along, but we don't have enough to get us through the entire year. I have found that students have fallen in love with the Judy Blume series. They are interested in the characters; Fudge, Peter, Shelia..... and they like reading the books and seeing the characters develop. We have a lot of discussions while we read these books about the characters, decisions they have made, we make connections to our own life. Sometimes the students even take turns reading, which is great practice for fluency. Whenever we finish a book, the first question is .."What book are we reading next, Mrs. Peterson?"
Students need to learn how to love reading.
What better way than reading as a whole class, having discussions, while promoting comprehension skills and fluency. Literacy is the key to life long success.
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