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The goal of this project is to have our Kindergarten students receive additional exposure to print in order to meet English/Language Arts standards by the end of this school year. Kindergarten students are emergent readers who require many opportunities working with print in order to build a foundation in reading and writing. The �Let�s Find Out� kindergarten magazine introduces seasonal Science and Social Studies topics with predictable nonfiction texts that reinforce our curriculum and help meet standards.

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Let's Find Out - More Literacy Work!

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
 
Kay Durrance D'Azzo 
Students Impacted:
44 
Grade:
Date:
July 14, 2014

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $162.00

Elliott Stern - $162.75

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 19

Each student received a subscription to the Let's Find Out magazine.  Each week a new magazine was available at Literacy Centers.  Students worked with this magazine and were then able to take their copy home to share  with families.  This encouraged a school-to-home connection that helped parents utilize a tool to support thier student's learning.  Thank you!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to have our Kindergarten students receive additional exposure to print in order to meet English/Language Arts standards by the end of this school year. Kindergarten students are emergent readers who require many opportunities working with print in order to build a foundation in reading and writing. The �Let�s Find Out� kindergarten magazine introduces seasonal Science and Social Studies topics with predictable nonfiction texts that reinforce our curriculum and help meet standards.
 

 

What will be done with my students

The funding from this project will provide each student with a subscription to the Kindergarten magazine �Let�s Find Out�. This magazine covers theme based Science and Social Studies topics using predictable informational texts. Both classrooms will create a "Let's Find Out" Center for students to visit. During Literacy Centers students rotate through a variety of literacy-based activities. These activities provide hands-on practice in skills introduced during large group instruction. Skills may include: answer questions about key details, main idea, make connections, increase print concepts, compose an opinion piece based on text, learn Science and Social studies concepts. The subscription also offers supplemental digital editions, videos and other online resources that will supplement our curriculum. Let's Find Out will be infused through the school year and integrated into our daily schedule as follows. Each week the new magazine will be introduced with student expectations modeled by the teacher. This will help familiarize students with the magazine topic along with work expectations for the �Let�s Find Out� Literacy Center that week. This center will be part of the student work rotation for student to visit weekly. The Center will contain student copies of the magazine, markers, pencils and various needed tools that they will use to work with their own copy. As students complete their work, they will take their copy home for sharing with families for further practice. The rotations will continue through the week for all students to have an opportunity to work with their copy before taken home.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Kindergarten students are emergent readers and writers. They enter Kindergarten with a variety of literary experience. Some students read with a minimal understanding of what the words mean. Some students are just beginning to learn letter names and sounds. This project will provide each student with their own copy of a magazine that they can work with at their own skill level both at school and then at home with families. Each student will benefit by having more exposure to print. This will help increase reading comprehension, print concept skills, writing, and language skills, along with proficiency in Science and Social Studies topics. The use of this classroom magazine will help our students in making progress in meet English/Language Arts standards while working with Science and Social Studies.
 

 

Describe the Students

Our 2014-2015 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. 36.7% of our school received free or reduced lunch based on income in the 2013-2014 school year. 

 

Budget Narrative

This grant is for 2 classrooms. The lamination will be used for the poster-size copy for instruction and student use at the Center. Any extra copies will also be laminated and put in the Center for students to use. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 45 Weekly Reader subscriptions $222.75
2 Lamination $100.00
  Total: $322.75

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