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The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection in the form of student-created books. This engaging project will help my Kindergarten students meet English Language Arts standards while developing a love of reading and writing.

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We Are Kindergarten Publishers....Again!

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
Date:
July 23, 2018

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James - $335.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 20

This grant has made a huge impact my Kindergarten classroom.  Students were excited to create books and become publishers.  This excitement spread to home when they bring these class-related books home.  Nw they are coming up with

their own ideas for books!  They love this work!  

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to provide a school to home literacy connection in the form of student-created books. This engaging project will help my Kindergarten students meet English Language Arts standards while developing a love of reading and writing.  

 

What will be done with my students

My Kindergarteners 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. After I have read a book aloud, we create a class book 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 selections. Different prompts are used to create books through the year. So far this year, we have created 3 books already!! At the end of the school year, I plan to have enough books for each student to take one home to keep forever! These books are exciting and engaging to my students all year long. The feedback from my former families has been very positive! 

 

Benefits to my students

All students benefit from this project since it provides my students with more hands-on engagement in both writing and reading. My students are learning to become writers and illustrators during Writing Workshop. This project enhances their writing skills and also helps to increase their reading confidence, comprehension, print concept skills, writing, and language skills. An added bonus is that they become real Authors and Illustrators once the book is "published". Each unique book has a strong pattern with an emphasis on sight words. These class-made books will lead my students to meet English/Language Arts standards while developing a love for reading and writing. Families will become involved in their child's learning since we rotate these books home for at-home sharing. In the past, this project was well received by the families in my class.  

 

Describe the Students

Forest Lakes is home to 508 Pre-K through grade 5 students of which 43% received free and/or reduced lunch in the 2018-2019 school year. Current class data reveals that my self-contained Kindergarten population contains a diverse group of learners: some high performers, some average performing students and some struggling students. An analysis of my current student data reveals that 5 are Exceptional Education Students (ESE) who qualify for an Individualized Education Plan which provides services for speech-impairment, 1 ESE student with Occupational Therapy, 4 are ELL ( English Language Learners) students and 1 student is currently being screened for gifted services. 

 

Budget Narrative

This project has been funded in the past and was a huge success for my students with the project goal being met. The materials that I am requesting are consumables that are used in making published books. The laminator and book binding machine will be used again this year. This project calls for more cardstock and lamination to create more books this year. My limited classroom budget cannot support the extra materials needed to make this project work. I want to give each student one of 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! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Ink for parent donated printer $100.00
2 Lamination $100.00
3 Cardstock $75.00
4 binding combs $60.00
  Total: $335.00

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