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The goal of this project is to increase Reading level scores of my Kindergarten students. Last year I had a Kindergarten class of 18 students, 6 of which had difficulty attending to small group instruction as well as whole class instruction. These students did not meet reading level expectations for the end of the year. I would like to make improvements to my Guided Reading instruction that will help support focus and learning in my students during this small group time.

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Kindergarten Kids Focus on Guided Reading

School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
Date:
June 14, 2017

Investor

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Raymond James Financial - $910.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 16

This grant allowed me to create a wonderful guided reading area in my classroom whichincluded great flexible seating, take home bags, magnetic white boards with letters for practice.  All of my students made significant progress in meeting reading expectations.  They loved reading every day!   This grant helped to make this possible.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to increase Reading level scores of my Kindergarten students. Last year I had a Kindergarten class of 18 students, 6 of which had difficulty attending to small group instruction as well as whole class instruction. These students did not meet reading level expectations for the end of the year. I would like to make improvements to my Guided Reading instruction that will help support focus and learning in my students during this small group time.  

 

What will be done with my students

Funding from this project will allow my students to meet at a Guided Reading center that has a smaller kidney shaped table, specialized 'wobble" seats along with materials to use during instruction. Guided Reading allows me to focus on specific skill development necessary for fluent reading. The lesson plan has a consistent format that the students become familiar with. We begin differentiated instruction which could include phonics, word work or sentence building, then reading, comprehension and writing tasks. Students take the leveled book home for practice with families. The group returns the next day to review and continue work, gaining more confidence in reading. Research shows a strong connection between effective Guided Reading instruction and increased Reading level scores. Based on an article in Scholastic Magazine, a teacher shares “Guiding reading is one of the best ways to differentiate,” Mrs. Hepfer says. “By grouping children by reading levels, I can target specific skills and strategies needed to advance to the next level. Small-group work with guided reading is critical to meet the needs of all learners.” Effective Guided Reading will help all of my students increase Reading level scores. 

 

Benefits to my students

Guided Reading gives me an opportunity to work with small groups in order to support students at their present levels. Struggling students have difficulty focusing even in a small group. According to Amy Petersen, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist," a wobble seat provides movement input for the nervous system, that be calming and organizing for the brain, which helps kids pay attention in a subtle way." These seats at a smaller kidney shaped table will offer a better area to work in. All students will have access to dry erase boards and markers, magnetic letters for word building tasks, and book bags to use for take home reading practice. The benefit of this project is that materials from this grant will help all of my students increase attending and learning during Guided Reading small group instruction. This will increase the Reading level scores of my Kindergarten students.  

 

Describe the Students

Our 2017-2018 student rosters have not been created at this point. Based on previous class data, our self-contained K population contain a diverse group of learners: some high performers, some average performing students and some struggling students. Our classrooms may contain some ESE population that includes speech-impaired students, language impaired students, and vision impaired students along with ESOL students. 38% of our 535 students received free or reduced lunch in the 2016-2017 school year.  
 

 

Budget Narrative

The funding from this grant project will help me provide additional non-consumable materials for Guided Reading that can be used for many years. The bags for taking home Guided Reading books are the only consumables. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 kidney shaped teaching table $300.00
2 Plastic book bags $100.00
3 Kore wobble chairs $350.00
4 dry erase boards $100.00
5 magnetic letters and trays $60.00
  Total: $910.00

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