My unit will be taught in a self-contained third grade classroom at Conte West Hills School in New Haven, Connecticut. Most of the children are eight and nine years old with an occasional ten year old. They come with a variety of home situations and differences in academic ability as well as considerable differences in general knowledge. They come from varied ethic, economic and social backgrounds with many children not being read to at home. Lack of reading models at home and exposure to reading at a preschool age has created a large group of reluctant readers. Approximately 30% of the students are in reading remediation programs.
This unit will utilize a variety of reading series from the second through fourth grade reading levels to provide material on an appropriate level for each student.