I love books! I was a reading teacher for one year and their is not a day that goes by that I do not miss reading to my students. That is probably why I use so many books when I am teaching.
A bad thing about books is they can be expensive. I cannot afford to buy all of the wonderful books I find online, and many times school libraries do not have a lot in the way of books on Susan B. Anthony or Frederick Douglass. I have spent a good deal of time writing Donors Choose projects and getting them funded. Some of the books I have gotten from Donors Choose I have used so far to teach this year.
Below are the books I have read aloud in openings or closings for the past unit in social studies.
These books are incredible and really help the students understand more about each standard we studied.
I also love to read in math. Below are the books we read for division.
I also read to my students when we are packing up. I normally read chapter books to them during this time. So far this year we have read The Math Wiz by Duffy and I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 (Frederick Douglass tie in) by Tarshis. We are currently reading Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Collins (my favorite book of all time!!!).
Donorschoose.org had provided my classroom with close $1,500.00 worth of supplies and books for FREE! As a teacher you can create a free login and design your own project. Then when it gets approved donors will read your project and donate to it. When the project is fully funded the supplies are sent to your school and you simply write a thank you letter, take pictures and post them to the project, and sometimes they ask your students to write thank you letters also.
This has been well worth my time. My current project is called Math Molds Minds. It is for math children’s literature and a teaching book also. I posted this project at the end of last week and only need to raise $107 more dollars (Kia donated half of my project costs!!! Thanks!). Occasionally donors choose will match your donations made with a code word. Between now and September 7th the code word is INSPIRE. If you would like to donate to my project click the link above and make sure to use the word INSPIRE when you are donating (You are the best, by the way!).
Books really do make learning more interesting for students. Whether you are reading to them or they are reading to themselves, books are important to every child’s education!
Susan B. Anthony has been taught. She has entered our notebooks. And I am so impressed!
We also have our poster and timeline pieces (timeline pieces FREE here).
Our timeline is looking great! I’m pretty sure I’m in love!!!
My students also wrote their very first biography by themselves this week. They have been assisting me writing them the past two weeks, but this week they took flight. I gave them a graphic organizer to put tid-bit facts in. Then they had to number them in order of when they happened. Last they had to write a sentence for each tid-bit fact in order on a new piece of paper. Overall, they were amazing for our first try! I am very pleased. So much better than last year!
Next week we will begin our study of Susan B. Anthony, and I’m not going to lie…I LOVE HER! She is the first female historical figure we learn about each year and she did some pretty incredible stuff. Although she did not live to see women gain the right to vote, she was much of the reason we have this right today!
I, of course, have a free packet for you on teachers pay teachers. Get it here.
Also please check out this fact and opinion sort here. I use this sort in my students’ journals.
Don’t forget to go to your library and checkout great books about Susan B. Anthony also!