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Holly Hill School was rated a C school by the state. About 91% of our students are on free or reduced lunch. This grant will allow students to strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills. On the FSA, 35% of our students scored proficient in reading. Vocabulary was one of our weak areas on the FSA. This proposal will enhance our students reading ability. The National Geographic Magazines are high interest magazines with a word wise vocabulary box and lots of pictures. Students enjoy reading the articles in them. Another reason this is important is because third grade students take the FSA reading test for the first time in the spring. Their FSA score impacts whether they are promoted or retained at the end of the year. Reading these magazines along with other types of literature will build self-confidence and strengthen our students’ reading skills.
Students at Holly Hill School K-8 will be involved in creating a YouTube Storytime channel. Students and adults will read from various nonfiction text from National Geographic Explorer Magazine, fiction text, poetry, and readers theater. At times, dignitaries in our local community will be invited as a special guest reader to read along with selected students. Eighth graders who are in a remedial reading class will be targeted as readers along with my 3rd grade students. Eighth graders will also assist with editing videos (if needed) and uploading the recorded stories to our YouTube Channel. The eighth graders will also work with my 3rd grade students to help build their reading fluency and vocabulary. Additional students in grades K-7 will also have opportunities to read and record stories as well.

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HHS Knights Sensational Storytime

School:
Holly Hill School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Kathleen Roam 
 
Jennifer Samar 
Students Impacted:
900 
Grade:
K-12 
Date:
September 8, 2019

50% Funded

 

 

Only $497.50 Needed

 

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Goal

Holly Hill School was rated a C school by the state. About 91% of our students are on free or reduced lunch. This grant will allow students to strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills. On the FSA, 35% of our students scored proficient in reading. Vocabulary was one of our weak areas on the FSA. This proposal will enhance our students reading ability. The National Geographic Magazines are high interest magazines with a word wise vocabulary box and lots of pictures. Students enjoy reading the articles in them. Another reason this is important is because third grade students take the FSA reading test for the first time in the spring. Their FSA score impacts whether they are promoted or retained at the end of the year. Reading these magazines along with other types of literature will build self-confidence and strengthen our students’ reading skills.
Students at Holly Hill School K-8 will be involved in creating a YouTube Storytime channel. Students and adults will read from various nonfiction text from National Geographic Explorer Magazine, fiction text, poetry, and readers theater. At times, dignitaries in our local community will be invited as a special guest reader to read along with selected students. Eighth graders who are in a remedial reading class will be targeted as readers along with my 3rd grade students. Eighth graders will also assist with editing videos (if needed) and uploading the recorded stories to our YouTube Channel. The eighth graders will also work with my 3rd grade students to help build their reading fluency and vocabulary. Additional students in grades K-7 will also have opportunities to read and record stories as well.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will choose text from various genres such as nonfiction text from National Geographic Magazine, fiction stories, poetry, etc. and read it several times building their fluency and vocabulary. When students are reading confidently, they will be video-taped. One student or adult will be the “word wizard” and will emphasize important vocabulary words in the text. This may be done through pictures, pantomime, or even creating a power point slide. Eighth grade students will assist with editing video and uploading the story to our YouTube channel. Parents and the community will be invited to listen to the stories at home.

The following standards will be targeted in this grant.
LAFS.8.RI.2.4 AND LAFS.8.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
LAFS.8.RL.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
LAFS.3.RF.4.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
LAFS.3.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
LAFS.3.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. a. Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. b. Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat). c. Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion). d. Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The main benefit to our students would be to build confidence in struggling readers. Students will also improve their reading (ARPE) accuracy, rate, phrasing, and expression as they reread the text several times before recording. (ACCURACY: Pronouncing all of the words correctly. RATE: Don’t read too quickly or too slowly. PHRASING: Avoid “choppy” reading and pay attention to punctuation. And EXPRESSION: Let your voice show your character’s personality and emotions.) Another benefit to students will be improving their vocabulary by teaching the audience a new word(s) through the “word wizard” character. Eighth grade students will also improve their technology skills when assisting with videotaping and uploading the stories.  

 

Budget Narrative

One year of National Geographic Magazine Subscriptions for each grade level K-8 (All 120 3rd grade students would receive individual subscriptions.)  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 210 N.G. Subscriptions at $4.75 each $997.50
  Total: $997.50

50% Funded

 

 

Only $497.50 Needed

 

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