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Elementary students throughout Pinellas County Schools are encouraged to actively create book clubs for peer collaboration. Book Clubs are known for establishing objectives and allowing students to experience new adventures. I anticipate that my students will not only widen their horizons in reading various genres, but also contemplate the role of authors, and how personal experiences can enable one to overcome fears. The Dolphin Book Club would also equip students to realize that their hardest subject (writing) can be learned, acquired, and mastered; resulting in more competent and fluent literature pieces written by yours truly.

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Thanks-The Dolphin Book Club

School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ginande Jester 
 
Mrs. Brown 
Students Impacted:
Grade:
Date:
November 1, 2016

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Pinellas Education Foundation - $250.00

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Goal

Elementary students throughout Pinellas County Schools are encouraged to actively create book clubs for peer collaboration. Book Clubs are known for establishing objectives and allowing students to experience new adventures. I anticipate that my students will not only widen their horizons in reading various genres, but also contemplate the role of authors, and how personal experiences can enable one to overcome fears. The Dolphin Book Club would also equip students to realize that their hardest subject (writing) can be learned, acquired, and mastered; resulting in more competent and fluent literature pieces written by yours truly. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will meet two to three times per week, at a select location of the classroom to discuss which text will be read and analyzed. Students will be paired based on lexile levels, but will also be paired with students from levels to build higher order thinking skills. Questions will be probed and generated and concerns with be shared during the week to contemplate information not explicitly stated in text. Background information from students may be beneficial, but analysis of content would determine meaning of text. A variety of graphic organizers will be used (T-Chart, Venn Diagram, KWL, story maps, opinion-proof...) and displayed for students to compare text. Students will evaluate authors purpose and determine value of content, since as active readers, they can critique the text. (Ideally, students will send in at least two reviews to publishers. I want the students to realize the value of their words, and to share out how the text affected them, since some students are unable to make personal connections to humans.) 

 

Benefits to my students

Due to the necessity of maintaining phonemic content and awareness, several students must work in smaller group settings to gain mastery of reading skills (phonics skills, comprehension, fluency...). I'd like to mitigate this by allowing larger groups of students to decipher content at least three to four days per week. (This pattern currently occurs only twice a week, due to several students inability to comprehend or clarify meaning of text). Pinellas County Schools are encouraging all students in grades 3-5 to create and maintain book clubs. Books Clubs have proven to be an effective measure in allowing students to explore new cultures, genres and literature. Thereby providing connections to literacy and building comprehension skills at the same time. If students can continue to maintain active engagement by: Think/Pair/ Share, choral reading, and discussions, then I feel that students will gain a better appreciation of mastering content throughout the reading block. 

 

Describe the Students

Currently, I have five fourth graders and one third grader. Only one student is reading at grade level, one is Tier 2 (one grade level behind) and the remaining four are Tier 3 (two grade levels behind). All students fall under the ESE category, I work with School Based Mental Health unit. There is also, an ESOL/ ELL student. Due to various services needed to assist students to meet and gain mastery of concepts, individual/ pairing occurs to support student needs. Constant reinforcers are implemented to encourage success in academic content. 

 

Budget Narrative

The students will select additional texts consisting of varied genres. This selection must include at least one text from: historical fiction, realistic fiction, and science fiction. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Holes $40.00
2 Sunshine State Award Reader books selection $100.00
3 Scholastic book selection $100.00
4 Book markers/ award certificates $10.00
  Total: $250.00

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