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I would like to develop a poetry center in my classroom where students will be exposed to poems and nursery rhymes through text, images and listening. Nearing the end of the academic year, students will also learn how to write their own poems. Poetry is a genre that is part of the Kindergarten Common Core Curriculum.

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Student Poetry Center

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Kristie Gerber 
Students Impacted:
17 
Grade:
Date:
December 28, 2013

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $550.00

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Goal

I would like to develop a poetry center in my classroom where students will be exposed to poems and nursery rhymes through text, images and listening. Nearing the end of the academic year, students will also learn how to write their own poems. Poetry is a genre that is part of the Kindergarten Common Core Curriculum.  

 

What will be done with my students

Work at the poetry Center will involve many engaging activities that will support the project goal of increasing sight word knowledge. A Poetry Center Task Chart will provide students tasks to complete. Tasks in this center will change and increase in skill level as the year progresses. Each student will have their own checklist to help them observe their progress as they work through the task chart. A Poetry Center cart will be stocked with copies of poems and student journals as well as students tools such as pointers, highlighter tape, dry erase boards and markers. The newly introduced poem will be posted, along with printed sentence strips for students to replicate the poem. As the year progresses, work in the poetry center will change and challenge as new skills are learned. The student poetry journal will be as active, accessible resource in which students will work. Students will be taught how to work in their journal as well as how to use it as a resource. As a new poem is introduced during Monday Morning Meeting, that poem will then be moved into the Center for journaling and other activities. The new poem will be posted throughout the week for reference, Center and large group work. 

 

Benefits to my students

This project will connect the activities that take place in the poetry center to the outside world through the infusion of sight words in the poems selected which are applicable to Kindergarten curriculum. This exposure will support reading development which in turn will produce stronger readers with increased exposure to different text formats. Students will explore poems as well as create their own poems as the academic year comes to a close. This connects to the outside world by allowing students to become Authors and Illustrators. 

 

Describe the Students

The Kindergarten students I teach at Eisenhower Elementary School present themselves with multiple barriers to learning. Not only are their families economically disavantaged, more that 50% of the students are in a single parent home. Statistics show that only 40% of the incoming Kindergarten students will graduate from 5th grade at Eisehnower Elementary. We have a very transient population making it difficult for these students to build community and connections with teachers and fellow students.

Currently there are six ESOL students in this class. There are seven students who know less than 30 of the 52 letters in the alphabet and seven students know less than 8 letter sounds.
 

 

Budget Narrative

Items listed below will be used weekly in the poetry center. Student will keep their own journal as well as interact with poems in pocket chart and on flip chart paper. The main funding item is the Traveling Poetry Center unit. This piece of equipment will allow for weekly poems to be displayed as well as house all supplies necessary for students to interact with the poems. Other supplies requested will be used to develop the activities and interactions the students will have with the curriculum material. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Traveling Poetry Center $250.00
2 Pocket Chart $30.00
3 Lamination $150.00
4 Copies $60.00
5 Chart Paper and Sentence Strips $60.00
  Total: $550.00

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