So my husband has this hobby–it’s called HUNTING! He spend countless hours in the woods…tracking, preparing and hunting animals! His hobby costs a few bucks here and there!! Many ask me “Why do you let him do that”…well, friends, this is a marriage, I’m not keeping him hostage! But don’t think I don’t get something out of it return haha!! My “hobby” is my classroom! Specifically, my classroom library. Today, I want to share how teachers should use literacy in content areas.
This year, I’m determined to add more content area books to my classroom library. I’ve found a few good deals on e-bay and amazon! I’ve searched garage sales, but my BEST deals were found at…the Goodwill!! They ALWAYS have children’s books 2 for $1.00!! I’ve also been saving up my Scholastic Bonus Points. Somehow, I still do not have enough books! How is that possible?!?!? haha!
Affordable Options for Content Areas
I’ve started making a few of my own so that my students could have literacy in ALL content areas. I may not always be able to get the books here in time, or find them *after* the fact of teaching that subject. The good thing about these as I can print as many as I need! I like to put them in math centers and have the students create questions after reading. It’s a good way to kill two birds with one stone! I don’t know about y’all but I’m constantly struggling to get in the amount of read alouds I need too. This is a perfect way to help with that! A math read aloud is something you can do almost DAILY!!!
Interactive read alouds are a great way to introduce a new math skill. Not only are they getting the math skill, but this is huge for literacy development. It’s like killing two (or maybe five) birds with one stone! Since I’ve started doing interactive read alouds in all content areas, my little friends comprehension is improving so much! It’s such a great time to model fluency as well.