My first grade students are eager to learn despite the many hardships they may come from. Our classroom has both students from general education as well as students with special needs. Their academic ability ranges from non-readers to fluent readers. They love to hear stories and are excited to learn.
Our school serves students in Prekindergarten through eighth grade and sits in the heart of an urban city.
One hundred percent of our children receive a free breakfast and lunch. In addition, we serve several families who are homeless. Many of my students have never left our city. Despite many of their parents not having graduated from high school, they want their children to do well and be successful in school. They ask for ways to support their children at home and at school.
I chose these materials to fill a gap in my students' learning. Many of my first graders struggle to read because they have a limited sight word vocabulary. Children need to know these sight words instantly (by looking at them) and not "sounding them out." The colorful cart will help students find the materials they need to match their ability. The story starters provide vocabulary and sight words to support the emerging writers.
The students will see these materials as games to play at centers and will not realize they are tools to help them learn vocabulary necessary to read and write!
It is important that when students are not in small group with the teacher they are on task and learning. These colorful "games" will enable them to do this. These materials will also help students at many different reading levels within my classroom.
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