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The iReady Diagnostic will be used to measure growth in the domain vocabulary. It is our goal for the percentage of students achieving 1 or more grade levels below decrease in the domain vocabulary.
Teachers will meet up weekly for six weeks to discuss best practices in the classroom, and share strategies and experiences.
Objective
At the end of the meetup, educators will be empowered to return to their
classrooms to use the Newsela resources and strategies that can best support their
classroom's needs and help their students become more engaged readers.

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School:
Sweetwater Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Leslie Casey 
Students Impacted:
450 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
September 4, 2019

50% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

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Goal

The iReady Diagnostic will be used to measure growth in the domain vocabulary. It is our goal for the percentage of students achieving 1 or more grade levels below decrease in the domain vocabulary.
Teachers will meet up weekly for six weeks to discuss best practices in the classroom, and share strategies and experiences.
Objective
At the end of the meetup, educators will be empowered to return to their
classrooms to use the Newsela resources and strategies that can best support their
classroom's needs and help their students become more engaged readers. 

 

What will be done with my students

Newsela offers differentiated non-fiction texts. Newsela not only has 10,000 articles in their library, but continues to publish multiple articles
daily so content is fresh and exciting for students. These articles have 3-5 Power Words embedded at each reading level. Clicking a Power Word reveals a definition of the word as it’s used in the article. In the activities panel, students can complete Power Words activities.

Power Words are selected from Newsela’s Academic Word List (AWL) of Tier II academic vocabulary words, organized by grade level. Students who master these words will be well prepared to read complex texts across a variety of subjects. This list will be added to their daily binder for their reference and practice. Teachers will monitor for mastery.
I am attaching an example of a 2nd grade lesson using Newsela.
Leslie's copy of 'Weather Watch: Keeping An Eye On The Sky'
Created by Leslie Casey-
Essential Question: How can severe weather impact people's lives?
Supporting questions:

What is severe weather?
What are causes and effects of different forms of severe weather?
Student/ Teacher Instructions:
Day 1: Watch and discuss BrainPop Videos on tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes to introduce the topic severe weather. Read the Newsela article: Kids Help Others After Hurricane Harvey together as a class. As students read, model how to highlight (in yellow) the important information from the text that helps to answer the essential question, highlight (in red) an words/text that is confusing, and highlight/annotate (in purple) the most surprising fact in the article and write a comment about why this stands out to them.
Days 2-4: Students choose 3 articles to read (one each day) from the text set. As they read, they should highlight (in yellow) the important information that helps them to answer the essential question: "How can severe weather impact people's lives? Students should highlight (in red) any words/text they do not understand so that it can be further discussed in class. In each article, students should highlight/annotate (in purple) the most surprising fact in the article and write a comment about why this stands out to them. Then, use the highlighted text/evidence from each article to answer the essential question in the Write Prompt.
Days 5 and 6: Students choose one type of severe weather they want to report on and join together with a small group (no more than 4 students) to create a weather report about the weather. Students should use the information from the articles to support their weather report and include: an explanation of this type of weather, the causes/effects of this type of weather, and how it impacts people's lives.
Days 7-9: Use the iPads and portable Green Screens to film their weather report. Students will take videos of the weather reports in front of the Green Screen using the camera on the iPad. Then, students will use the DoInk Green Screen App to put together their weather report, insert backgrounds, and create a video.
Day 10: Present video/weather report to the class.
Extension Resources:

BrainPop Severe Weather Videos:
Thunderstorms
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Intended Grade Level(s): 2nd-4th grades

Content Areas: Science and Language Arts
Skills Practiced:
NGSS:
Weather and Climate
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
3-ESS3-1. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.*
CCSS:
RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Estimated Time: 30 to 40 minutes per day for a total of 10 days

Teachers will assign text sets to all students. The text will vary from Lexile Levels 310 up. This will provide multiple means of engagement – tapping into
learners’ interests by offering choices of content and tools; motivating learners by offering adjustable levels of challenge. 

 

Benefits to my students

Sweetwater Elementary is a non-Title 1 school serving 666 students with 47% free and reduced lunch, 19% minority students, 11% students with disabilities, and 2% English language learners. We are an “A” school. During our August Early Release Professional Development, we analyzed our FLDOE ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) 2018-2019 School Grade report. Collectively, we reviewed grade-level achievement data, goals in reading, math, writing, science and behavior and support services for students that are struggling then developed a school-wide plan to increase student achievement in the subgroups: Black/African American and Students with Disabilities. We are also aware of our increasing English Language Learner population. Individuals who struggle with strategic and organizational abilities (executive function disorders), those who have language barriers, and so forth approach learning tasks very differently. This project provides the opportunity for all students to access, participate in, and progress in the general-education curriculum by reducing barriers to instruction. This project will immediately serve grade 2-5 students within an inclusive learning environment. Our students with disabilities will have access to academic language using adjustable levels of challenge. Learning academic language takes explicit teaching, time, and practice. Students will be given instruction and feedback on using academic language across school subjects. They will also be given plenty of time to talk and write about what they are learning within each of these subjects. 

 

Budget Narrative

This partnership will provide our grade 2-5 students with a license to use Newsela for a ten month period. This cost is based on a pilot agreement and is 1/3 of the cost that our school would budget for the following school year should we decide to use it. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Newsela Pro pilot license $1,000.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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Only $500.00 Needed

 

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