We are a preK through 5th grade elementary school that is located in an area that is very mobile and low income. We are very diverse in culture, language, and lifestyle. Many of our families need assistance from the school or from the community. Our families love to celebrate events that occur at the school. We try to host a different activity each month, whether it is fostering reading and math or celebrating our diversity and energy.
The students and families at our school are special because, in spite of their situations, they are eager to learn, compassionate toward others, imaginative, and willing to help their child be successful in what they do.
We work hard to help children learn that there are many strategies to use in math, reading, social studies, science, and health. We show them how these strategies also help them in life skills. Each day, they use these strategies to better themselves and those around them while learning that it's OK to make mistakes.
My class consists of students who come from many different backgrounds, traditions, and cultures. I also teach a reading class before and after school to help students who need some interventions. On top of that, I tutor students in reading and I want to use a variety of books that are culturally relevant to my diverse students. Yet, so many do not have the opportunity to see and read books about people like themselves or be introduced to books to learn about other cultures. I want to do something about this. I want to be able to provide diverse books for students I teach this year and for years to come in my classroom as well as in my after school and before school programs.
Since I have a class filled with such rich diversity, books such as Dreamers and City Shapes will help them to see children that look like them doing wonderful interesting things.
This will make them feel more positive about who they are.
These materials will be used to build their comprehension, fluency, and encourage rich discussions. I will create projects and activities for each of the books I receive. I truly believe having this opportunity will create bridges between the students as well as students building bridges to their culture.
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