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The goal of this grant is to assist students in being the author and illustrator of their own story. In addition, their story will come alive with a custom made stuffed Budsies of their main character.

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Watch your Writing Come Alive!!!

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Kristie Gerber 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
November 15, 2015

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Bob & Joanne McIntyre - $500.00

Rays Baseball Foundation - $805.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to assist students in being the author and illustrator of their own story. In addition, their story will come alive with a custom made stuffed Budsies of their main character.  

 

What will be done with my students

Aligned with the Florida State Common Core, students will author and illustrate their own story for publication. Students will develop the main character, setting, problem and solution. In addition they will spend time editing their work. Once they have a clean draft copy, students will then copy their story and illustrate the pages in their individual books.

As students are completing their books an illustration of their main character will be sent off to Budsies where an artist will develop a three-dimensional stuffed rendition of their main character. Students will end this project with their own book and stuffed rendition of their main character.

To complete this project the students will host a �Writing Comes Alive� afternoon/evening celebration where they will read their books and share their Budsie with family, friends and fellow students/teachers at Eisenhower Elementary School.


Standards Addresses within this Grant:
LAFS.K.RL.1.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

LAFS.K.RL.4.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
LAFS.K.W.1.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.

LAFS.K.W.2.5 With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

LAFS.K.W.2.6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

LAFS.K.SL.2.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
LAFS.K.SL.2.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

LAFS.K.L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will see their complete process that an Author and Illustrator take in writing and illustrating a book. They will spend time developing the characters, setting problem and solution. In addition they will have the opportunity to edit their work and learn about the editing process.

Overall, each student will have the opportunity to author and illustrate their own individual story. They will have a greater understanding of the writing process from conception to publication. This project will take 2-3 month to complete and will have something to save to show a piece of their time in Kindergarten.
 

 

Describe the Students

Eisenhower Elementary School is located in a low socio-economic area of Clearwater Florida. The majority of the housing in this area is low-income apartment complexes. In this year's school ratings, Eisenhower Elementary School received a C.

The Kindergarten students I teach at Eisenhower Elementary School present themselves with multiple barriers to learning. Not only are their families economically disadvantaged, more that 50% of the students are in a single parent home. Statistics show that only 40% of the incoming Kindergarten students will graduate from 5th grade at Eisenhower Elementary. We have a very transient population making it difficult for these students to build community and connections with teachers and fellow students.

In addition, Eisenhower typically has a very high ESOL student population. In Kindergarten, this poses additional struggles for students as they are often afraid to speak because they are embarrassed or do not want to say something wrong.

The amazing part of my experience with these Kindergarten students is that they are generally great kids who really want to learn. They display effort and heart in the learning process. This allows me to teach and help them develop daily into great students and amazing little people.
 

 

Budget Narrative

20 x $53.00 = 1060.00 20 Busdies will be ordered, one for each student involved in the project. The Budsies take anywhere from 4-5 weeks to create and then have delivered back to the student.

20 x $3.50 + $70.00 White books with plastic covers for students to use to create their individual book.

$50.00 Invitations to the �Writing Comes Alive� celebration for friends, family and students and staff at Eisenhower Elementary School

$125.00 Celebration Supplies to include cookies, cake, juice, and paper goods.
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 20 Busdies $1,060.00
2 Individual Student Books $70.00
3 Celebration Invitations $50.00
4 Celebration Supplies $125.00
  Total: $1,305.00

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