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To provide exposure to literature in nonfiction and narrative fiction for students. Upon reading and using strategies, these students will be able to analyze a nonfiction article and retell a story identifying the main idea and expand on the details using their own voice and thought in both reading and writing.

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Nifty Narrative and Illuminating Informational

School:
Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Roseann Sacino 
 
Magan Oswald, Kelly Ferreira 
Students Impacted:
54 
Grade:
Date:
June 10, 2016

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Jr League St. Petersburg & Pinellas Education Foundation - $711.69

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Goal

To provide exposure to literature in nonfiction and narrative fiction for students. Upon reading and using strategies, these students will be able to analyze a nonfiction article and retell a story identifying the main idea and expand on the details using their own voice and thought in both reading and writing. 

 

What will be done with my students

The benefit of being a magnet school for technology is that we are teaching the students how to use these web based informational sites responsibly. By having access to both Scholastic Readers and Time for Kids, the students will have a direct resource to gather information, analyze that information and be able to use direct facts to read and write about an event, animal, country or state in an intelligent, philosophical manner which reflects learning and critical thinking. It is important to provide literature and text that goes beyond the classroom and into activities and events of the real world. The nonfiction and fiction paired text will provide a diverse reading opportunity where the students will have to analyze and reflect on their understanding with the peers in their classroom. Writing will be based on their understanding of real world information and a story. This is critical for students understanding the main idea of a story as compared to that of a nonfiction text. Poetry books give power to a child's mind to explore. This will assist them in their narrative writing. 

 

Benefits to my students

All students will benefit utilizing the provided tools by the teacher. Each student is unique. The teacher will be able to have a diverse amount of resources which will enable her/him to be able to reach each individual child. The resources will also allow students to work collaboratively in groups for reading and writing, having dynamic tools to work with. Group presentations for project based learning will be available to the students, which gives them confidence in presenting and creating through technology and writing. These skills in reading and writing are key to their success not only in third grade but the preparation to make them successful in their future education endeavors. 

 

Describe the Students

The students range in cultural diversity, ESE learners and both high and low performers. Nine (9) percent are ESE, sixteen (16) percent are low learners, and approximately seventy-five (75) percent are at level or above. The goal for our students is to push them to be the best readers and writers for all types of literature. As teachers, we can only push them towards that goal if we have a diverse amount of resources with which to pull from for their benefit. Our goal for our students is to be in the top 10 percent of the district next year. 

 

Budget Narrative

This budget includes resources for teachers in nonfiction, narrative, opinion, and informative/explanatory reading and writing. Scholastic and Time for Kids are informational. Fun and exciting. Students love them. Poetry books add language skills and creativity in both reading and writing. Comparing nonfiction and fiction texts is imperative for student's knowledge when analyzing and putting information together. It helps them identify what is real and what could be. Great food for thought. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 54 Scholastic Student Magazines@$5.25 each $283.50
2 Leveled Books for Readers (EAI Education #101039) 3@$24.95 $74.85
3 Night of the Fireflies (EAI Education #103066) @ $8.54 ea. $25.62
4 Time for Kids-Comprehensive and Critical Thinking (EAI Education#GES-106118, Gr. 3) 3@$22.49 (inlcudes CD for SMART board use) $67.47
5 Nonfiction and Fiction Paired Texts (EAI Education #GES106519, Gr. 3) 3@$13.95 $41.85
6 180 Days of Writing (EAI Education #GES106506, Gr. 3) 3 @ $17.95 $53.85
7 Hailstones and Halibut Bones, Adventures in Poetry and Color, (Amazon, 3 @$9.95) $29.85
8 Writing Lessons to Meet the Common Core, Grade 3 (EAI Education#GES106235) 3 @ $10.95 $32.85
9 Poetry Adventure Book Series (EAI Education #GES106534) 3 @ 33.95 $101.85
  Total: $711.69

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