Shining A Light On Reading at Grass Lake School

The anticipation was building as the 4th and 5th grade students at Grass Lake School gathered with their flashlights in hand for a new reading experience. This was not going to be a "just reading in the dark experience". This would be a fun activity that required the flashlight in order to see the secrets hidden in plain sight, well, except for the use of the flashlight. Ms. Ryan, fifth grade teacher, with Ms. Bautista, a fourth grade teacher, has been paired up this trimester doing a Project Based Learning project dedicated to finding out "How Can We Get Students More Excited About Reading?" Finding novel ways to keep kids interested and engaged in reading has been on the forefront of their minds this year. This led them to taking students to Susanna Farms to read to the animals. What are these teachers hoping to gain with these events? More engagement for each student which would serve as encouragement for all levels of readers. Reading was impacted with COVID and now we are helping students find the joy of reading again. Ms. Bautista shared she has seen students become more patient with varying reading abilities and supporting one another to become better readers. In January the students will be creating their take on how to motivate students to read- should be fun!

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