Walton Education Foundation

The grant helps create better readers who connect to the world around them. It uses a hands-on approach with motivational tools such as instruments, "Freddie the Frog," and fun interactive games.
Students in third grade will become readers who understand point of view in stories and from other people. They will develop empathy. Second, students will be better musicians because they will develop teamwork and communication skills. Third, students will have so much fun they won't even realize they are learning while developing a lifelong love of music.
The need for this grant is in third grade. Overall, students in third grade are struggling with understanding "point of view" in text. According to the STAR literacy test, only 64% of 3rd Grade students are performing at or above grade level on LAFS.3.FL.2.6 which is; Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters. Another area of weakness is in the standard LAFS.3.RL.1.2. This standard asks students to: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Only 74% of 3rd grade students are performing at or above grade level on this standard. Another standard they struggle with is LAFS.3.RL.2.5 which is; Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Finally, only 65% of third graders performed at or above grade level on LAFS.3.RF.4.4 which is; Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
The grant is hands-on learning with motivational tools such as instruments, "Freddie the Frog" and his silly friend Eli, the Interactive Whiteboard, and games where students can express creativity while connecting to peers.

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Drummin' up Literacy

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School:
Van R Butler Elementary 
Subject:
Literacy 
Teacher:
Rebecca Austin 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
Date:
October 27, 2016

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Weyerhaeuser - $284.69

 

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 1022

Thanks to the generosity of Weyerhauser, "Drummin' up Literacy" turned from a vision to a reality. 

 

The grant activities took place over the course of 5 months. Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th Grade were exposed to quality literature, music theory, instrumental music, composing, and teamwork through drum circles. It was all encompassing. 

 

Results of grant:The results of grant were to be measured by STAR literacy scores, a teacher given survey, and observation of student enjoyment and growth. The music teacher gave an initial survey in December of 2016. The survey questioned third graders about their "point of view" and the importance of accepting others and listening to others' point of view. The initial results showed an average ability to relate to another's point of view. Subjects like "teamwork" were scored as less important than questions relating to "self fulfillment." In May of 2017, the exact survey was given again. The results showed a considerable gain (50%) in students' perception of teamwork and acceptance of others. I am not surprised as we spend a large amount of time explaining the importance of teamwork and cooperation, especially in our music setting. Not only did we have fun, we worked on sharing our creative thinking, active listening, and communication. At the time of grant result submission, the STAR literacy scores for third grade were unavailable. In terms of data that couldn't be measured, the music teacher saw less behavior notes being sent home, less arguments amongst peers, and an overrall attitude of happiness when exploring music in this way. In other words, the smiles were abundant. 

 

Thank you to Weyerhauser for providing such wonderful educational materials that will be enjoyed by students for years to come. 

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Second graders working on songs from "Give me a Gr

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Combining literature with instrumental music

 

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Students across grade levels sharing ideas

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Getting excited about drum circles!

 

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Proud of all they have learned on recorder from "B

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Busy creating and composing!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The grant helps create better readers who connect to the world around them. It uses a hands-on approach with motivational tools such as instruments, "Freddie the Frog," and fun interactive games.
Students in third grade will become readers who understand point of view in stories and from other people. They will develop empathy. Second, students will be better musicians because they will develop teamwork and communication skills. Third, students will have so much fun they won't even realize they are learning while developing a lifelong love of music.
The need for this grant is in third grade. Overall, students in third grade are struggling with understanding "point of view" in text. According to the STAR literacy test, only 64% of 3rd Grade students are performing at or above grade level on LAFS.3.FL.2.6 which is; Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters. Another area of weakness is in the standard LAFS.3.RL.1.2. This standard asks students to: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. Only 74% of 3rd grade students are performing at or above grade level on this standard. Another standard they struggle with is LAFS.3.RL.2.5 which is; Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections. Finally, only 65% of third graders performed at or above grade level on LAFS.3.RF.4.4 which is; Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
The grant is hands-on learning with motivational tools such as instruments, "Freddie the Frog" and his silly friend Eli, the Interactive Whiteboard, and games where students can express creativity while connecting to peers.  

 

What will be done with my students

The grant activities will take place over 5 months (but could be used as curriculum for an entire school year). Here is a general outline of the grant activities:
Students will read through the story, "Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night." Students will retell the story by pointing to different notes on the musical treble clef (LAFS.3.RL.2.5). While retelling, they are learning note names on the treble clef. Students will discuss the moral of the story (LAFS.3.RL.1.2). They will sing songs (while reading text), play musical staff games, and use digital flash cards to retell the story and reinforce note names on the treble clef.
Students will read through "Freddie the Frog and the Mysterious Wahoo." This story is about Freddie the Frog and Eli who travel to a mysterious island where musical rhythms are the universal language and the creatures don't speak English. The characters must learn to respect the island culture and communicate through rhythms. Students will discuss the point of view from Freddie as well as the island creatures (LAFS.3.RL.2.6). Students will also create their own 4-beat rhythms in order to communicate with the islanders. Children will play games where they learn about tempo and solve mystery songs on the Interactive Whiteboard. All the while, they are retelling the story again and again, while learning important rhythmic concepts (LAFS.3.RL.1.2).
After the stories are explored, students will begin drum circles utilizing the book/dvd, "Together in Rhythm." Students will have fun while learning important skills such as creative thinking, active listening, self direction, and communication. These skills are important for readers, writers, and thinkers. The drum circle will also reinforce the idea of "point of view" because students will play games that involve showing their emotions as well as listening to the feelings/expressions of others (LAFS.3.RL.2.6). "Give me a Groove" is a book of 18 songs for students to further explore this drum circle curriculum.
After working on basic drum circle skills, we will add on other instruments such as recorder and various percussion such as xylophones, metallophones, and triangles. Students will discuss worldwide communities and cultures by exploring songs French, Czech, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Spanish, Caribbean and African songs. We will explore the culture of each area and the background behind the song. Many of the songs have words and will reinforce the skill of reading from left to right with fluency (LAFS.3.RF.4.4). While exploring music from other cultures, we will also have a unit on "The Blues" using the book, "Big Mouth Blues." Students will have a strong rhythmic foundation and so they will add to that with improvisation. In addition, blues is founded on the point of view of an entire culture. Students will discuss the reasons why people sang "The Blues." They will learn about the point of view and the roots of this genre of music (LAFS.3.RL.2.6).
Interwoven with all of these activities will be fun musical games. "Recorder Rumble" is a fun game where students read notes from left to right (LAFS.3.RF.4.4) and also have "lightning rounds" where they play notes they have never seen before. This keeps things light and fun. We will also use the program, "Interact with Music Assessment." This allows the teacher to monitor musical progress throughout the units. Students compare using words like high-low, long-short, loud-soft, fast-slow, and same-different. Comparing and contrasting is a skill that is transferred directly to literacy. Students are developing this skill in music but it can be directly transferred to their reading skills.
The music teacher will be responsible for carrying out this activity. The music teacher will meet with students during their regularly scheduled music time in the music room. Music teacher will provide drums, percussion instruments, and recorders.




 

 

Benefits to my students

This project will be evaluated by using STAR literacy scores for the listed standards above. Scores from August of 2016 will be compared directly with scores from May of 2017. Exact percentages of growth for each standard will be given.

The music teacher will give an initial survey and compare it with a survey taken in May of 2017. The survey will question third grade students about their "point of view" and the importance of accepting others and listening to others' point of view. The music teacher will create a scoring rubric on the survey to see if students become more empathetic or open to the point of view of others.

The grant will impact 214 third grade students. It will also impact 750 other students because materials will also be used for students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.

The grant will impact about 1000 students this year. The materials and curriculum will be enjoyed by students for years to come as the music and stories are timeless.
 

 

Budget Narrative

All materials will be used school wide. Each child in the school will benefit from the materials listed above.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Freddie the Frog and the Mysterious Wahoo -Digital Resources Edition $29.99
2 Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night -Digital Resources $29.99
3 Together in Rhythm by Kalani -Book/DVD $25.99
4 Give Me a Groove by Mark Shelton-Book $19.95
5 Sing and Play the Global Way by Mari Schay -Book/CD-ROM Reproducible $24.95
6 Interact with Music Asssessment by Manju Durairaj -Digital Resource Level 1 $29.99
7 Interact with Music Assessment by Manju Durairaj -Digital Resources Level 2 $29.99
8 Recorder Rumble by Jeanette Morgan -CD-ROM $24.95
9 Big Mouth Blues by J. Tinter -Recorder Book and CD $24.95
10 From Bags to Riches by Paul Corbiere -Recorder Book and CD-ROM Reproducible $24.95
11 Estimated Shipping Cost $18.99
  Total: $284.69

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