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Engaging With Literature: A Video Library, Grades 3-5
Engaging With Literature

About This Video Library

Lesson Builder

Hints for Site Leaders
Video Titles:

1. Signposts

2. Voices in the Conversation

3. Starting Out

4. Responding
to Literature

5. Sharing the Text

6. Building Community

7. Book Buddies
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Support Materials»
Classroom Snapshot
Classroom Lesson Plan »
Professional Reflection »
Teacher Tools »
Additional Resources »

8. Finding
Common Ground

9. Discussion

Site Map

7. Book Buddies

Classroom Snapshot

School: The Center for Inquiry
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
No. of Students in School: 132
Teacher: Tim O'Keefe
No. of Years Teaching: 22
Grade: 3rd Grade
Subject: Language Arts
No. of Students in the Classroom: 22

The Center for Inquiry is a K-5 elementary magnet program established in 1996 as a partnership between Richland School District Two and the University of South Carolina. All faculty members share the same philosophical approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes hands-on learning experiences and high-interest studies through the use of an inquiry-based interdisciplinary curriculum.

Any child eligible to enroll in grades K-5 and residing in the suburban Columbia district is eligible to apply to the Center for Inquiry; selection is completed through a random process. The approximately 132 students who attend the school reflect the district population in terms of race (33% minority), gender (50% male and 50% female), and free and reduced-price lunch (10%). Thirty-five percent of the children are identified as gifted and talented but do not participate in a pull-out program. There is only one classroom per grade level and teachers loop with their students, staying with the same group of children for two years.


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