Second grade is a pivotal year for students as readers. Access to high quality books, along with the time and encouragement to read, can create joy and excitement around books and lead to better readers. It is essential to get books into the hands of students. For the 66 Tanglen second graders enrolled in the Distance Learning Academy, the typical access to multiple books is not available – students pick up and return materials every two weeks, so whatever is sent out is no longer available to share with the entire second grade team. This grant provides multiple copies of 35 titles, both fiction and non fiction selections, with a diversity of main characters. Students will engage in small reading groups tailored to their needs, along with their teacher, via Googlemeets while staying safe at home. This will free up materials for students back in the classroom. The 22 first grade distance learning students will later have access to these books, as well, and when school returns to ‘normal’, they will be a wonderful asset to be shared among classrooms.
Submitter: Liz Patrick