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This project will introduce our kindergarten students to the basic concepts associated with financial literacy and help all students achieve success with mathematics standards and benchmarks.

Through this program we will teach students about money and math while deepening student learning through movement & mindfulness.

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ACH Kinder Kids Get Moving With Money

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School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Rachelle Blanco 
 
Marcella Taylor, Lili Shields, Lynda Chamie, Laura Bassett, TBD 
Students Impacted:
110 
Grade:
Date:
August 29, 2019

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Achieva Credit Union - $594.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 110

The project ACH - Kinder Kids Get Moving with Money has helped my students in many ways. When this project was funded, we were able to purchase GoNoodle subscriptions for all the kindergarten classes at Sawgrass Lake Elementary. GoNoodle is a fantastic program that was used to support learning about money and gave students the opportunity to practice math content while using multiple modalities. This project was amazing because so many students were able to participate in learning that otherwise may have just watched. Students were able to use their whole body for learning with music, gestures, and visuals. Students really became aware of the different math skills we practiced by using GoNoodle. Students also practiced mindfulness and used GoNoodle to incorporate brain breaks into their learning. This project supported learning of all students including our exceptional student population and low performers. All 110 kindergarteners at our school benefitted from this project and gained learning experiences thanks to our donors. Students were eager to learn and became more engaged in learning. Thank you for supporting our students and their learning!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

This project will introduce our kindergarten students to the basic concepts associated with financial literacy and help all students achieve success with mathematics standards and benchmarks.

Through this program we will teach students about money and math while deepening student learning through movement & mindfulness. 

 

What will be done with my students

This project will allow us to teach our students the basics of how to count money, identify coins and make "smart money choices" by adding an online program 'Go Noodle Plus' to the math curriculum that the county provides.

Go Noodle Plus is an online program that integrates academic concepts and lessons with music and movement activities, games, and exercises in an extremely FUN and engaging way.

Through this program our students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive learning games and "mega math marathons". Teachers will be using the program to introduce and review academic concepts, to add movement and excitement to classroom lessons and to engage reluctant learners.

This program is so much fun and SO engaging for students! For example, our students will have the opportunity to "Getcha Money Right" with guided dancing activities. They will get to "Double Your Money" with 'brain gym' gross motor skills and will integrate math and money concepts in "Mega Math Marathons".

We are so excited that our students will get to move, sing, dance and learn to love math in a new way through this project!
 

 

Benefits to my students

This project will benefit our students in so many exciting ways! This program will allow teachers to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles while making students active learners in FUN, engaging activities.

This program will teach our students the basics of counting money, different types of money and addition and subtraction concepts using money.

While engaging in academic tasks students will also be working on:
- Body coordination, growth mindset, and mindfulness activities that are designed to enhance focus, confidence and self control.
-Sensory and motor skills designed to enhance body awareness, balance and coordination
-Memory, stretching, brain-based learning exercises

Perhaps the greatest benefit of this program is how much students love this program. Students will be incredibly motivated and engaged in these activities which promotes true comprehension and excitement about learning.
 

 

Describe the Students

My classroom is filled with energetic, curious five year old students who are excited about learning. The kindergarten grade students in my classroom come from very diverse backgrounds. To meet the many different needs of my students I am co-teaching with another kindergarten teacher this year. We have combined our classes and currently have 43 students in our class.

38 of our 43 students attended some type of pre-k program. However, for the other 5 students this is their first school experience. 100% of our school receive free/reduced lunch services and a large majority come from economically disadvantaged families. 4 of our students are enrolled in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program, 4 of our students are enrolled in an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. Our class is made up of 67% boys and 33% girls. Due to this make up, we need to use more movement and brain breaks to satisfy the learning needs of our students.

15 of our 43 students were identified as not meeting beginning of kindergarten expectations and with 10 of these students being considered to have substantial deficiencies in readiness skills. 

 

Budget Narrative

The funds we receive from this project will buy 6 yearlong classroom licenses to Go Noodle Plus (at $99 each). This will provide a membership for each kindergarten teacher and all of the kindergarten students at our school.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 6 Go Noodle Plus Yearlong Classroom Memberships $594.00
  Total: $594.00

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