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Students will use technology to participate in book clubs focused around culturally relevant topics using various AVID strategies.

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Sembler - Kindle Book Clubs

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School:
Blanton Elementary School 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
Rachelle Davis 
 
Hieu Nguyen 
Students Impacted:
241 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
January 9, 2019

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Sembler - $2,500.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 241

The Sembler Grant from Pinellas Education Foundation has given Blanton's BEST Scholars the chance to explore new topics, deepen knowledge, and use problem solving strategies. While the Kindles were intended for third through fifth grade students, the opportunity was extended to all grade levels. Below you will find photos of enthusiastic Kindergarteners taking a virtual field trip to the beach to explore the properties of the sun with the Nearpod program. The videos attached are a portion of a Third Grade math lesson that allowed students to form a hypothesis and revise their knowledge through a Coding Application called Blockly. The students used measurement to guide Dash and Dot Robots through obstacle courses and puzzles. We have also used the Kindles for Battle of the Books Clubs, Mystery Book Clubs, Vocabulary Enrichment, Content Review, and even Self-Reflections. Blanton's BEST Teachers and Staff love having the resources to engage their students while gathering and reviewing both formative and summative data. We are immensely grateful for your support and belief in our Scholars and look forward to future rigorous activities with the Sembler Grant Kindles. 

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Third Grade-MyOn Book Clubs with

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Third Grade-Destiny eBooks for Battle of the Books

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Students will use technology to participate in book clubs focused around culturally relevant topics using various AVID strategies.  

 

What will be done with my students

Each class will receive a set of Kindle Fire tablets. On these tablets, students will have access to sets of books on various levels. The books that students will read in their book clubs will be based on culturally relevant topics. In order to support the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) and culturally relevant teaching, the books that students will read will include both fiction and non fiction topics. To support Reading Informational (RI) standards, students will read books on various historical figures of different genders, cultures, and eras, that have made a difference in the world. To support Reading Literature (RL) standards, there will also be books based on fictional characters that show perseverance, bravery, and confidence to be problem solvers. 

 

Benefits to my students

We have put many strategies and procedures in place to ensure students make learning gains and to prepare them for college, career, and life. These Kindle Book Clubs will be supported by our AVID resources such as Academic Language WICOR strategies, and levels of questioning. We have also put a lot of work into restorative practices. Through these book clubs our students will be able to use the skills they have learned so far to work in cooperative groups while using academic language.

Blanton's vision is 100% Student Success. With this program, we will be able to reach students of all levels and learning styles in all subjects. Students in need of enrichment will be able to use programs such as Khan Academy and coding. Students in need of extra support can receive accommodations such as text being read aloud and extended time through the features and accessibility of the tablet. 

 

Describe the Students

Blanton is home to 576 diverse students. Our population consists of 34 Asian students, 112 Black students, 152 Hispanic students, 30 Multi-Racial students, 247 White students, and 1 under the category of "other".

Our School Grade has maintained a C for the past three years. Based on FSA scores, we are targeting the goals listed below, and this Kindle Book Club program would help up achieve these goals.

-50% of ESE students in grade 3, 4, and 5 will score at or above a Level 3 in Spring 2019.
-30% of ELL students in grade 3, 4, and 5 will score at or above a Level 3 in Spring 2019.

One of our strategies for achievement for our L35 students include providing additional culturally relevant books, resources, and technology to supplement core instruction.  

 

Budget Narrative

The Kindle Fire Tablets will allow students access to culturally relevant topics through a variety of leveled eBooks. Some topics that will be addressed in these books include fictional characters and historical figures from various cultures, genders, and eras that overcome obstacles--a trait we would like to instill in our students. The Kindles will also serve a purpose in the math and science subject areas by allowing access to programs such as ST Math and Brain Pop.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Kindle Fire 7" (30) $1,500.00
2 Spigen Silicone Cases (30) $240.00
3 Destiny eBooks, Kindle eBooks, Mackin Via eBooks $760.00
  Total: $2,500.00

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