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The goal of this project is to have each student in my class develop a Kindergarten Portfolio for the 2016-2017 school year. The funding for this project will supply sheet protectors and a 3 ring binder for each Kindergarten student.

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Watch Us Grow With Kindergarten Portfolios

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
July 12, 2016

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $80.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 19

So excited to share the outcome of this project. All 19 students had a year long portfolio to share and take home for keeping. We had a "Portfolio Share" when we invited all families to the classroom.  Most families came to our classroom to enjoy their student's portfolio.  Many parents were so happy and could not thank me enough.  The students were proud of their work.  The growth that occurred this year was documented in the portfolios.  

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to have each student in my class develop a Kindergarten Portfolio for the 2016-2017 school year. The funding for this project will supply sheet protectors and a 3 ring binder for each Kindergarten student.  

 

What will be done with my students

Each year a Kindergarten Portfolio is created for each student in my class. The portfolio is an ongoing collection of student work from all curriculum areas through the school year. These binders/portfolios are housed in the Portfolio Center which students can access. The work in portfolio is sorted into monthly self portraits, writing pieces, reading responses, math, science, family projects and photos. Students help to choose work, file and sort along with the help of a classroom volunteer. At the end of the school year, families are invited to our classroom for our Kindergarten Portfolio Share when we celebrate our super work and success. This culminating activity involves the families directly and has been very well received in the past.  

 

Benefits to my students

Each student has a portfolio to file their work in throughout the year. This hands on activity allows my students direct exposure to their own progress in skill areas. Students can look at their work to see improvements. For example, students can compare and contrast their name writing skills in a September self portrait to a self portrait done in March. The excitement is contagious! My students love knowing their work will be saved in their portfolios! Once the Portfolio Share takes place at the end of our school year, students keep this portfolio as a keepsake of their Kindergarten year. Students feel a great sense of pride in sharing their work and the learning that has occurred in Kindergarten. Feedback from families has been positive.  

 

Describe the Students

My class list is not yet available at this time. Based on last years statistics, my general education classroom may include ESE (including Autistic and vision impaired) and ESOL students. My students may be low, average or high performers. During the 2015-2016 school year, Forest Lakes Elementary School was home to 523 students, 33.3% qualified for free/reduced lunch. 

 

Budget Narrative

In the past I have asked families to donate a binder, however response to this request has been limited. This grant funding will help offset costs to my classroom budget so that I can continue to implement this valuable activity.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 20 -2 inch 3 ring binder $40.00
2 20 - (50) sheet protectors $40.00
  Total: $80.00

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