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November 6, 2018

How Independent Reading Helps Students Understand the World Around Them

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Key Takeaways

    • Independent reading is one of the most important activities students can engage in to make better sense of the world around them.
    • By reading, students learn the vocabulary they need to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas, hopes, and dreams to others and actively engage in their community.
    • Scholastic Book Clubs makes it easy to build a classroom library that supports your growing community of readers and provides them with the books they need to make independent reading a part of their daily routine.

    Independent reading helps students make sense of the world and develop the skills they need to actively engage in their community. Through reading, students will discover new words in context — with meaning and nuance — that they can use to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas. Most importantly, independent reading provides students the opportunity to choose exactly what they want to read, which helps them understand and navigate the complex world around them.

    At Scholastic, we want to help students understand and be engaged in their community inside and outside the classroom. It’s not just about being able to relate to teachers and classmates, we hope students connect with the world as a whole, just as Billy Levering did to become a firefighter in New York City.

    For Billy, becoming a firefighter seemed more like fantasy than destiny. It took a lot of hard work and determination, but he was inspired to help others and actively engage in his community. His story is a testament to what one person can achieve through sheer determination and what can happen if you take the time to understand the world around you.

    Books like Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos may inspire your students to follow Billy’s lead and one day become firefighters in their community. The book is a great addition to any classroom library and shows just how special firefighters are to the communities they serve. Not only that, it shows how reading opens a window to a world of possibilities for your students.

    Scholastic Book Clubs can open up even more windows for your students by providing a wide variety of books they can read independently. With grade-appropriate flyers featuring a broad range of topics and subjects, students will begin to make sense of the world around them by reading classic and contemporary titles. If you’re new to Clubs, create an account, and then place your first order to start receiving free books and resources for your classroom.

     

    Key Takeaways

    • Independent reading is one of the most important activities students can engage in to make better sense of the world around them.
    • By reading, students learn the vocabulary they need to effectively communicate their thoughts, ideas, hopes, and dreams to others and actively engage in their community.
    • Scholastic Book Clubs makes it easy to build a classroom library that supports your growing community of readers and provides them with the books they need to make independent reading a part of their daily routine.

    Independent reading helps students make sense of the world and develop the skills they need to actively engage in their community. Through reading, students will discover new words in context — with meaning and nuance — that they can use to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas. Most importantly, independent reading provides students the opportunity to choose exactly what they want to read, which helps them understand and navigate the complex world around them.

    At Scholastic, we want to help students understand and be engaged in their community inside and outside the classroom. It’s not just about being able to relate to teachers and classmates, we hope students connect with the world as a whole, just as Billy Levering did to become a firefighter in New York City.

    For Billy, becoming a firefighter seemed more like fantasy than destiny. It took a lot of hard work and determination, but he was inspired to help others and actively engage in his community. His story is a testament to what one person can achieve through sheer determination and what can happen if you take the time to understand the world around you.

    Books like Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos may inspire your students to follow Billy’s lead and one day become firefighters in their community. The book is a great addition to any classroom library and shows just how special firefighters are to the communities they serve. Not only that, it shows how reading opens a window to a world of possibilities for your students.

    Scholastic Book Clubs can open up even more windows for your students by providing a wide variety of books they can read independently. With grade-appropriate flyers featuring a broad range of topics and subjects, students will begin to make sense of the world around them by reading classic and contemporary titles. If you’re new to Clubs, create an account, and then place your first order to start receiving free books and resources for your classroom.

     

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