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The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection while helping my student progress in meeting end of year English/Language Arts standards.

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Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Language Arts 
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
July 12, 2016


Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.


Rays Baseball Foundation & Pinellas Education Foundation - $345.00


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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 19

This grant gave me the opportunity to create a class set of books written by my students throughout the year.  At the end of our school year, each child was able to keep one of our publications.


Original Grant Overview


The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection while helping my student progress in meeting end of year English/Language Arts standards. 


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 my lesson. After I have read a book aloud, we create a class based on the text. For example, after we read the book "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten" each student wrote and illustrated 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. This 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. Students can choose to read these books during quiet reading time as part of their book bin selections. Different prompts are used to create books through the year. This grant was funded last year. At the end of the year I had enough books published so that each student could keep one forever! The books from this project are exciting and interesting to my students all year long. 


Benefits to my students

The important benefit from this project is that it provides my students more hands-on involvement in both writing and reading. Since they are the writers and illustrators, this project will help to increase their reading confidence, comprehension, print concept skills, writing, and language skills. Each unique book will have 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 lead my students to meet English/Language Arts standards while developing a love for reading and writing. We will rotate these books home with students, providing their families another opportunity for involvement in their child's education. Last year this project was well received by the families in my class.  


Describe the Students

Forest Lakes is home to 523 Pre-K through grade 5 students of which 33.3% received free and/or reduced lunch in the 2015-2016 school year. The specific demographics of my class are not available at this time since our 2016-2017 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

This grant was funded last year. The project was a huge success for my students with all goals being met. The materials that I am requesting are the consumables that were used in making last years published books. The laminator and book binding machine will be used again this year. My limited classroom budget will not support the extra materials needed to make this project work so that each student gets to keep one of our published books as part of our end of year celebration. An added bonus is the excitement my students have when they see their work being published! The funding of this grant will help to make that happen!! 



# Item Cost
1 ink for parent donated printer $100.00
2 laminating pouches $60.00
3 cardstock $50.00
4 combs for book binding $60.00
5 Canvas bags for transport to and from home $75.00
  Total: $345.00


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