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The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection while helping my Kindergarten students develop a love of reading and writing.

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We Are Kindergarten Publishers!

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
June 15, 2015

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James Financial - $410.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 16

Super grant that allowed my students the opportunity to publishtheir own class books.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection while helping my Kindergarten students develop a love of reading and writing. 

 

What will be done with my students

Kindergarten students are excited to become readers and writers. As part of our daily curriculum, we have teacher read aloud time, which is a particular favorite in my class. One thing that makes this exciting is an extension activity that I have incorporated into writing and reading. After I have read a book aloud, a class book is created based on the text. For example, after we read the book "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten" each student wrote their own page about how they got ready for the first day of Kindergarten. We put these pages together, add a cover, a catchy title, and one student gets the responsibility of illustrating the cover. The class book gets laminated and bound for durability. I add a “Please Comment Page” at the end of the book that gives families a place to compliment our super writers. Each student gets a turn to take the book home and share with families nightly. Once the book is rotated through the class, it becomes a part of our Class-Made Books basket in our Classroom Library. Books are created through the year, based on different topics. Students can choose to read these books during quiet reading time as part of their book bin selections. At the end of the school last year, I had enough books to give each student to one of the books to keep forever. My students are excited from the start to finish with this project. 

 

Benefits to my students

Each student will benefit by having more direct hands on exposure to writing and reading. This will help to increase student reading comprehension, print concept skills, writing, and language skills. Each unique book will a strong pattern with an emphasis on sight words. Students will begin to develop confidence in reading these books which they have helped to write!! Creating class-made books will help my students in making progress to meet English/Language Arts standards while developing a love for reading and writing. Since the books are rotated throughout the class, families will also have the opportunity to be involved in their child's work.  

 

Describe the Students

Forest Lakes is home to 544 Pre-K through grade 5 students of which 34 % received free and/or reduced lunch in the 2014-2015 school year. The specific demographics of my class are not available at this time since our 2015-2016 student rosters have not yet been created. Previous class data reveals that my self-contained Kindergarten population contained a diverse group of learners: some high performers, some average performing students and some struggling students. My students may be part of an ESE population whose Individualized Education Plan provides services for speech-impaired students, language-impaired students, Autistic Spectrum Disorder students and vision impaired students.  

 

Budget Narrative

Although I have had great success with this project in the past, ongoing budget cuts will not allow me to create and publish the number of books needed. As part of an end of year celebration, I would like to "publish" enough class-made books for each student to have one to keep forever. This grant will allow me to do that! While some materials requested are consumable, the classroom laminator and book binder will be available for use in the future. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Cardstock paper $60.00
2 Binder Machine and binding combs $100.00
3 Laminating pouches $100.00
4 Laminator $50.00
5 Ink for parent donated printer $100.00
  Total: $410.00

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