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The goal is to get our students more engaged in reading by presenting them with an intriguing book that involves two middle schoolers who help the FBI solve crimes by using T.O.A.S.T. These students observe many small details that help them obtain useful evidence. We would like our students to learn how to apply T.O.A.ST. to the real world around them by becoming better observers and writers, which could help increase their academic standing.

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"FRAMED" using T.O.A.S.T!!!

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School:
Silver Sands Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Pam Crowell 
 
Cindy Circelli 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
Date:
September 5, 2019

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FUTURES - $350.00

Anonymous - $235.00

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Goal

The goal is to get our students more engaged in reading by presenting them with an intriguing book that involves two middle schoolers who help the FBI solve crimes by using T.O.A.S.T. These students observe many small details that help them obtain useful evidence. We would like our students to learn how to apply T.O.A.ST. to the real world around them by becoming better observers and writers, which could help increase their academic standing. 

 

What will be done with my students

Cindy and I would like to collaborate since we have many of the same advanced students. We would each receive 30 books to rotate among our students over several months. The students could read at home and at school while Cindy and I would introduce T.O.A.S.T. (Theory Of All Small Things) and what it means and how it would work in science and ELA as it would relate to our various activities. In ELA, Cindy said that she could use T.O.A.S.T. during the Argumentative Unit with her students as they observe and find compelling evidence obtained by using the T.O.A.S.T. strategies. These strategies can also help the students when they read informational texts and when they need to find a character's motivation for why they did something. In Science, I would love to see my students WANT to keep reading a book that has so much action in it and keeps you on the edge of your seat! Florian and Margaret use their observations to help Agent Rivers solve cases that have stumped other agents! Our class has a CSI theme to it throughout the year so this would be a great opportunity for them to want to see what happens next in a fun and informative read! In our science class, we would look more closely at the details in their work to make sure that we have found all the evidence that would be needed for a lab write-up or for any of our hands-on, minds-on activities! As a 'bonus', we were hoping to get in touch with the author James Ponti. He lives in Maitland and he has traveled to various other schools. In the spring, our school has an Authors Day and we'd love to see if he would come and make a short presentation about his book "Framed', which is part of a trilogy! This would really become a 'real world' experience for our students! 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits include:
*using the T.O.A.S.T. strategy all year long!
*helping students be better 'detectives' at finding the small things that are constantly being missed!
*hopefully reducing the number of students that say "I hate to read!"
*giving a larger number of students a common topic of conversation!
*helping students to improve their own classwork and test scores!
*meeting standard SC.6.N.2.1 as the students distinguish science from other activities involving thought!
*meeting standard SC.6.N.1.1 as the students define a problem...use appropriate reference materials to support...systematic observations...collect and organize data (observations)...analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
*meeting standard LAFS.6.RL.1.1 as the students cite textual evidence to support the analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
*meeting standard LAFS.6.RI.3.8 as the students trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
*having a long-term goal of hearing that more of my science students attend the Criminology Academy at Atlantic High School!
 

 

Budget Narrative

These 60 novels would be used by both teachers, with 30 books given to each teacher for classroom use. The signage would help motive and be a reminder for our students that the T.O.A.S.T. strategies should be constantly in use! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 60 FRAMED books by James Ponti ($8.75 each/Amazon) $525.00
2 2 'Framed' Signs by Shindigz ($30 each) $60.00
  Total: $585.00

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