I teach at a Title I elementary school, which means that our building has qualified for financial assistance due to a high population of low-income families. This past year, our district departmentalized at the elementary level for grades four and five. I am teaching English Language Arts (ELA) to approximately fifty fifth graders. My students have a wide range of academic, physical and emotional needs.
My students have been eagerly awaiting the beginning of our fantasy book club unit!
We are in need of additional texts in order for each book club member to have access to the books that they've selected to read.
For our final unit of fifth grade, the students participate in fantasy book clubs. To kick-off the unit, I hosted a fantasy book-tasting and turned my classroom into The Book Bistro. Each group had a "table reservation" and tasted a variety of fantasy texts. After they sampled each selection, they finally placed their "orders." This opportunity allowed my students to collaborate and choose their reading assignments together. They are so exited to begin book clubs when we return from our spring break.
Since our district departmentalized, I teach approximately 50 fifth graders, so I do not have enough copies of some of the fantasy texts to provide to my eager readers!
These books will allow each book club member to have their own copy of the fantasy books that they "ordered." It is ideal that the students are not sharing books between classes, as they need to be able to interact with the text through post-its as they read. These fantasy books will allow my students to fully participate in the independent and collaborative work that is necessary in order to have a successful book club experience.
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