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The goal of this project is to help my students increase skills needed to make progress towards and meet Kindergarten Language Arts benchmarks by the end of the 2014-15 school year. While the skills addressed are not limited to this benchmark, this grant targets the Reading Literature benchmark LAFS.K.RL.1.2 "with prompting and support, retell familiar stories with key details. "

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Listen Up and Retell the Story!!

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
19 
Grade:
Date:
February 26, 2015

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $788.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 18

Students love to go listen to books on CD.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to help my students increase skills needed to make progress towards and meet Kindergarten Language Arts benchmarks by the end of the 2014-15 school year. While the skills addressed are not limited to this benchmark, this grant targets the Reading Literature benchmark LAFS.K.RL.1.2 "with prompting and support, retell familiar stories with key details. " 

 

What will be done with my students

The materials from this project will be used to develop a Listening Center that my students can use daily. During our Literacy Center time, teacher-directed activities are provided to reinforce concepts taught during our Language Arts block. Each day my students rotate through "work" centers in order to practice curriculum skills taught. My class includes 3 Language Impaired students. Retelling a simple story with key details is a difficult skill for Language Impaired students to master. The Listening Center will provide them, and all of my students, another opportunity to work on this benchmark. Once materials are received, all students will be taught how to use the equipment at the center. A variety of titles will be available on CD and with 4 copies of each book. A flow chart will be posted to provide the steps to completion of task for student reference. The table will house all equipment needed. This CD player will be simple to operate with headphones and books easily accessible for simple operation. Teacher support for Language Impaired students will be provided in order for them to understand the task, give feedback and support to complete task. Once they listen to a story, they will then retell the beginning, middle and end of the story along with details such as character, character feelings, setting, sequence, story problem and story solution. Some students have the skills to draw, label pictures and write sentence responses to beginning, middle and ending prompts. My strugglers may be able to verbalize and begin to sketch the pictures of the beginning, middle and end of the story they listen to at the center. The work at this center will give all students more practice to refine story retelling and writing skills. 

 

Benefits to my students

Kindergarten students are emergent readers who need many opportunities to have exposure to stories and texts. All 19 of my students will have an opportunity to work in the Listening Center. It will be available daily during Literacy Center time and also at free time. Activities will be adjusted to meet individual needs based on ongoing assessment data, which currently reveals that my struggling students need more work in retelling a story with details. It is expected that more exposure to stories and texts will help all of my students, including my struggling Language Impaired students, to meet and/or exceed the retelling benchmark. The Listening Center will help my students to retell a story, giving beginning, middle and end with the key details to support their work. It will also allow them more practice in writing skills too! 

 

Describe the Students

I have a class of 19 students, 3 of which are ESE (Language Impaired). Based on classroom assessments, the class consists of 6 high performing students, 7 mid performing and 6 low performing (includes the 3 ESE students).  

 

Budget Narrative

The materials in this budget will be used to create an functional, durable and easy to use Listening Center. These are non-consumable.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Listening Center Table $379.00
2 CD player, headphones and junction box $159.00
3 Assorted read along book sets with CD $250.00
  Total: $788.00

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