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Improve Reading achievement by building stamina and skills through independent reading. This will be done by promoting monthly reading minutes and awarding those meeting grade level goals set.
Improve math skills by building automaticity of basic fact knowledge aligned with grade level standards.
We will obtain these goals by implementing the two programs below.
“Dolphins Dive into Reading Success”:
Recently, an educator’s briefing revealed the following research on the effects of extended reading on both reading achievement and overall student success. A growing body of evidence reveals the importance of both oral language and print exposure for children’s cognitive and academic development. Examining the amount of language spoken to pre-school-aged children in the home, Hart and Risley (1995) found wide variability. Children who were exposed to less language had slower rates of vocabulary development. By third grade, they also had lower reading scores, indicating that children tend to maintain the same learning trajectory even after they enter school. Time spent reading books was the best predictor of a student’s reading proficiency. If struggling readers are to close the gap and catch up with their peers, their learning trajectories must be raised. These students often have deficits in basic reading skills that require remediation, but they also need to develop expertise through extensive reading practice. This means that a low reader’s print exposure must be increased by hundreds of thousands of words each year which can only occur with extensive reading. That is the goal we hope to attain through our “Dolphins Dive into Reading Success” initiative.
Target Minutes read by students per night:
Kindergarten and Grade 1: required to read 20 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 30 minutes
Grades 2-3: required to read 30 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 45 minutes
Grades 4-5: required to read 45 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 75 minutes (FSA testing requires 80 minutes, so this gradually builds in needed stamina)

“Blanton’s BEST Mathematicians Master the Basics”
The new standards for Florida Mathematics Education require students to have basic and memory recall facts by the time they graduate fifth grade. The reasoning for students to have basic facts and recall for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division allows students to be more prepared to take middle and high school courses for math. By having basic math facts and the ability to recall those facts, students can instinctively understand the foundation of Algebra which is a building block for all mathematics courses that the students will take once they enter middle school. Each grade level at the elementary school has a fact recall goal they must meet by the time the student finishes that grade level at the end of the year. The following are the basic fact recall goals the student must meet for each grade level. The parts that are italicized are the key recall facts that need to be mastered for that grade level.
Kindergarten- Number Recognition for numbers 0-10, One to One Correspondence for numbers 0-10, Add and Subtract numbers 0-10.
First Grade- Number recognition for numbers 0-20, Add and Subtract within 20.
Second Grade- Continue to Add and Subtract within 20, Start the foundation of adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.
Third Grade- Continue to Add and Subtract two-digit numbers, Multiply and Divide within 100 for example 10 X 10 = 100.
Fourth Grade- Students continue with their work to Multiply and Divide within 100. Students can continue past 100 if they have mastered those skills.
Fifth Grade- Students continue with their work to Multiply and Divide within 100. Students can continue past 100 if they have mastered those skills. Students also should have fluency to add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit numbers.

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Sembler-Blanton Builds Skill & Stamina for Success: Dolphins Dive into Reading Success and Blanton's BEST Mathematicians Master the Bascis

School:
Blanton Elementary School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Lori Plomatos 
Students Impacted:
588 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
April 26, 2016

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Sembler Company - $2,500.00

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Goal

Improve Reading achievement by building stamina and skills through independent reading. This will be done by promoting monthly reading minutes and awarding those meeting grade level goals set.
Improve math skills by building automaticity of basic fact knowledge aligned with grade level standards.
We will obtain these goals by implementing the two programs below.
“Dolphins Dive into Reading Success”:
Recently, an educator’s briefing revealed the following research on the effects of extended reading on both reading achievement and overall student success. A growing body of evidence reveals the importance of both oral language and print exposure for children’s cognitive and academic development. Examining the amount of language spoken to pre-school-aged children in the home, Hart and Risley (1995) found wide variability. Children who were exposed to less language had slower rates of vocabulary development. By third grade, they also had lower reading scores, indicating that children tend to maintain the same learning trajectory even after they enter school. Time spent reading books was the best predictor of a student’s reading proficiency. If struggling readers are to close the gap and catch up with their peers, their learning trajectories must be raised. These students often have deficits in basic reading skills that require remediation, but they also need to develop expertise through extensive reading practice. This means that a low reader’s print exposure must be increased by hundreds of thousands of words each year which can only occur with extensive reading. That is the goal we hope to attain through our “Dolphins Dive into Reading Success” initiative.
Target Minutes read by students per night:
Kindergarten and Grade 1: required to read 20 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 30 minutes
Grades 2-3: required to read 30 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 45 minutes
Grades 4-5: required to read 45 minutes (August-December) & midyear (January –June) for 75 minutes (FSA testing requires 80 minutes, so this gradually builds in needed stamina)

“Blanton’s BEST Mathematicians Master the Basics”
The new standards for Florida Mathematics Education require students to have basic and memory recall facts by the time they graduate fifth grade. The reasoning for students to have basic facts and recall for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division allows students to be more prepared to take middle and high school courses for math. By having basic math facts and the ability to recall those facts, students can instinctively understand the foundation of Algebra which is a building block for all mathematics courses that the students will take once they enter middle school. Each grade level at the elementary school has a fact recall goal they must meet by the time the student finishes that grade level at the end of the year. The following are the basic fact recall goals the student must meet for each grade level. The parts that are italicized are the key recall facts that need to be mastered for that grade level.
Kindergarten- Number Recognition for numbers 0-10, One to One Correspondence for numbers 0-10, Add and Subtract numbers 0-10.
First Grade- Number recognition for numbers 0-20, Add and Subtract within 20.
Second Grade- Continue to Add and Subtract within 20, Start the foundation of adding and subtracting two-digit numbers.
Third Grade- Continue to Add and Subtract two-digit numbers, Multiply and Divide within 100 for example 10 X 10 = 100.
Fourth Grade- Students continue with their work to Multiply and Divide within 100. Students can continue past 100 if they have mastered those skills.
Fifth Grade- Students continue with their work to Multiply and Divide within 100. Students can continue past 100 if they have mastered those skills. Students also should have fluency to add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit numbers.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Through the grant we will encourage reading at home, as well as promote the memorization of basic facts to support concept building and accuracy of computation. For both incentives will be promoted and awarded. With the support of this Achievement grant, Blanton Elementary would like to purchase a set of multiple operation flash cards for each household. This would allow the parents to work with their child to build on and master the required recall of basic facts the student needs to know. Parents should work with their child 15-20 minutes each day to master the facts the student needs to know. Parents will track every week what fluency fact they worked on with their child and record it on a provided chart that is kept in the students’ AVID Success binders. At the end of the month for those students who have documented that they have worked on their fluency facts, a mastery skills assessment will be administered for 3 minutes, aligned to the grade level facts they’ve been working on with regards to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
For every month that a child earns an 85% or higher on their mastery test they will earn a brag tag award based on the concept they were working on and have achieved mastery (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). At the mid-year point, for the students that have participated and mastered 50% of their grade level skills will earn a food-based celebration. At the end of the year, for those students who participated all year and mastered 100% of their skills, they will earn a “Splashing into Success Celebration,” which will incorporate food and water games. The grant dollars received will help purchase the flash cards, brag tags, and items needed for the midyear & end-of-year celebrations. It is our goal at Blanton Elementary to keep our students’ achievement levels continuously improving and by doing so, successfully preparing them to meet the challenges of college, career and life in our changing world. This will be evident with increased reading and math progress across all grade levels, but most particularly by participating students, as demonstrated by both on going formative assessments, as well as district and state assessments. We believe that through the implementation of both the “Dolphins Dive into Reading Success” and “Blanton’s BEST Mathematicians Master the Basics” initiatives that this grant would support, our students will truly “Splash into lifelong learning Success!”
 

 

Benefits to my students

Increase knowledge/academic progress and spending time with their families. 

 

Describe the Students

A large number of students we serve at Blanton come from high poverty, single parent homes with limited involvement in school or school-related activities. A large number of students we serve here at Blanton Elementary School come from high poverty, single parent homes with limited involvement in school or school-related activities. For many of our more transient students, they may have experienced or still be experiencing homelessness and we are their third or fourth school, and sadly for some those numerous moves are all within one school year. Often times, students arrive with huge gaps in their learning. Many families struggle with academically supporting their child due to a lack of time with their work schedule, or many times, a lack in literacy or math skills themselves for supporting academic achievement. They ask how they can assist their child with learning tasks, particularly with higher standards and greater accountability measures. Through this grant, it is our hope by encouraging reading at home, some of which can be together, as well as completing basic fact reviews to increase learned automaticity of basic fact knowledge, parents can provide their child support and monitor academic progress and perhaps grow their own skill set too! As both a Title I and an AVID Elementary, building skills for college, career and life are key to our student’s long term success and it truly begins with the basics. 

 

Budget Narrative

These items will be used to promote student achievement and family participation. We will obtain these goals by implementing the two programs below.

 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Flash Card Sets (for family use) $1,200.00
2 Various Brag Tags $1,300.00
  Total: $2,500.00

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