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The goal of this grant is to infuse and integrate Science and Language Arts Curriculum through the use of National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and science journaling.

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The Young Explorer

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Kristie Gerber 
Students Impacted:
17 
Grade:
Date:
July 18, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Susan Johnson - $230.00

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Goal

The goal of this grant is to infuse and integrate Science and Language Arts Curriculum through the use of National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine and science journaling.  

 

What will be done with my students

Aligned with the Florida State Common Core, students will use articles in the National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine to explore science curriculum topics. In addition, they will further develop Language Arts curriculum through reading, writing and hands on activities.

This grant will provide individual copies of the National Geographic Young Explore Magazine for each student to use and keep. They will be able to use the magazine to read articles and also mark/highlight the magazine as appropriate to assist in article decomposition. In addition to the magazine, the subscription also entitles each studentís to use the interactive I-Pad application. This application will become a center activity where students will interactive with the curriculum via the Smart Board.

Students will be provided with three Science Journals over the course of the academic year. One journal will be given for each major subject area: Earth, Physical and Life Science. These journals will be used daily to record observations, create pictorial representations as well as write reflection pieces to the science curriculum.

Standards Addressed Through this Grant
LAFS.K.W.1.2
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

SC.K.L.14.3
Observe plants and animals, describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

SC.K.N.1.1
Collaborate with a partner to collect information. SC.K.N.1.Collaborate

SC.K.N.1.3
Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial records, of investigations conducted.

SC.K.N.1.4
Observe and create visual representations of an object which includes its major features.
 

 

Benefits to my students

here are three benefits to the students that this grant will provide.
1) Students will be provided with multiple common core aligned fiction texts that they will use in the classroom and then have the opportunity to take home. The opportunity to interact with the text with pencil/highlighter will be beneficial to the learning process.
2) Students will be able to take their magazine copies home during the course of the year. Most of our students do not have the fiscal resources to purchase a subscription to a magazine like this. This grant will allow for students to have fiction text at their level in their home.
3) Students will have a journal that they can reflect in as well as portray their learning for the subject matter. Journals will have a rubric attached so that students can evaluate their entries during conferencing with the teacher.
 

 

Describe the Students

Eisenhower Elementary School is located in a low socio-economic area of Clearwater Florida. The majority of the housing in this area is low-income apartment complexes. In this yearís school ratings, Eisenhower Elementary School received a C.

The Kindergarten students I teach at Eisenhower Elementary School present themselves with multiple barriers to learning. Not only are their families economically disadvantaged, 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 Eisenhower Elementary. We have a very transient population making it difficult for these students to build community and connections with teachers and fellow students.

In addition, Eisenhower typically has a very high ESOL student population. In Kindergarten, this poses additional struggles for students as they are often afraid to speak because they are embarrassed or do not want to say something wrong.

The amazing part of my experience with these Kindergarten students is that they are generally great kids who really want to learn. They display effort and heart in the learning process. This allows me to teach and help them develop daily into great students and amazing little people.
 

 

Budget Narrative

20 copies of the National Geographic Young Explorers Magazine with the interactive I-Pad application

Construction paper supplies to create 60 journals over the course of the academic year for students to use. One journal for each major subject area: Earth, Life and Physical Science
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 National Geographic Magazine $175.00
2 Manila Paper $45.00
3 Construction Paper - Daily Journal Covers $10.00
  Total: $230.00

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