Literacy

Scholastic Let's Find Out Readers

Grant Applicant
TK/Kindergarten at TES- DePew, Krengel, Reid, Garcia, Duner
Grant Date
2018
School Site
Amount Funded
$690.00
Description (10 points)

Weekly newspapers covering Social Studies, Science and current events to enhance our literacy and knowledge of given topics.  The topics are all what is being taught in the Kindergarten Classrooms.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This is a great resource to get students excited about learning the topic of that week.  An additional resource for our Daily 5 reading, our ELD Speaking and Listening standards as this allows for great discussions!  There are also online resources to use each week like videos, games, songs etc.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success comes from great conversations, more facts and adding to our curriculum.  Success can also be measured by the excitement on the students' faces when it is Weekly Reader time!  They love the videos and little readers.

Implementation (10 points)

These are utilized weekly during ELD and for science and social studies.  Used for guided reading, then independent read-to-self, then home to discuss with their families.

Sustainability
One year of use for all!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for whole grade level; a copy for each child.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

We are projecting 1 TK and 4 Kindergarten classes next year at 24 students per class.  This amount would cover one subscription for each student.

Classroom Novel Sets for Donner Trail 4th and 5th Grade Yuba Students

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$631.00
Description (10 points)

This grant is for four classroom sets of novels to read and enjoy as a class to support our literacy and writing standards. This will purchase 30 copies of the books Striker, Bridge to Terabithia, Love that Dog, and Hate that Cat. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This books will be used to hold rich dicussions about literary elements, plot, characters, and setting. Students fall in love with the characters of these novels and don't want to put them down. Additionally, they will be used for an array of writting activites to support the reading and writing standards in fourth and fifth grade. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of the program will be measured by how the students interact and enjoy the novels. The students will use the stories to site evidence in their writing to support priority writing standards. 

Implementation (10 points)

I currently have a class set of the book Dear Mr. Henshaw. The students love this book, and have historically loved the books that continues the story, entitled Strider. I would like to purchase this book as a class set, as well as, The Bridge to Terabithia, and two novels to support poetry instruction called Love that Dog and Hate that Cat. These five noveled will serve as our guided reading books from September to December/March and will be used to help build classroom community and a love for learning, a growth mindset, and fostering strong friendship. 

Sustainability
This is one time purchase that will be used for years to come!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Due to our size as a school and the leveled nature of these books. These will only be used for the 4th and 5th grade students as instructional tools (up to 30).

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00

Creating Enthusiastic Middle School Readers

Grant Applicant
Katie Santos
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$481.00
Description (10 points)

“Students will read if we give them the books, the time, and the enthusiastic encouragement to do so. If we make them wait for the one unit a year in which they are allowed to choose their own books and become readers, they may never read at all.” ― Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

The middle school teachers at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School are very excited to implement new literature and reading strategies for their students, but they lack an adequate middle school libraries  that Alder Creek Middle School and North Tahoe Middle School enjoy. In The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller describes how she coaches every 6th grade student to become readers who average 40-50 books a year.  She gives her students the time and the freedom to read books of their choosing.  The real key to success is having a library full of diverse and engaging literature from all genres to share and intrigue students.

Ms. Santos has taken time to reflect on specific titles she would like to add to start the middle school library.  The middle school crews at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School are in need of fiction and non-fiction novels to dive deeply into their overarching theme--identity.  Throughout sixth, seventh, and eighth grade the middle school teachers focus heavily on several aspects of identity and self-discovery; personal identity, identity within a community, and identity on a global level.  “It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” says middle-grade author Jason Reynolds.  He knows. . . Teachers kept giving him what they considered classics, but those middle school books had nothing to do with who he was and what he saw each day.  So, he never touched them.”  To deepen this important and meaningful period of self discovery and reflection, Ms. Santos would like to add highly engaging and purposeful titles--that directly align with the middle school theme--to the very small middle school library.    

To further demonstrate need, the middle school at SELS received two new teachers in seventh and eighth grade.  This is the first year Ms. Santos has taught seventh grade, and Mr. Worster previously taught middle school math and science.  They have very little literature to work with and students have repeatedly asked for more books to share.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Every middle school student at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School will benefit from a middle school library.  When given the freedom to choose their own books, even the most resistant students become readers! The sixth-grade teacher, Reenie McMains, implemented The Book Whisperer approach to reading in her sixth-grade classroom halfway through this school year.  She has seen a complete change in her students’ attitudes toward reading--and the quality of their work.  She has one student who proclaimed to HATE reading and refused to read who has now read 18 books since the holiday break!  In addition, there has been a major shift in the quality of work and conversations students are having about literature.  Instead of merely summarizing their reading, students have organically started to interpret themes, discuss character development, and analyze author motivation without prompting!  

After experiencing her students’ enthusiasm for reading soar, Reenie shared The Book Whisperer with Katie Santos.  Ms. Santos began using this reading method in her seventh-grade room recently and has seen some students who would barely read one book last semester already read six and seven books this semester!  And, students are asking for more books to share!  They are becoming eager and enthusiastic readers.

The most compelling evidence comes from student feedback. “I like getting recommendations from my friends. I usually like the same kinds of books as Lily and Sophie. I’m more likely to take suggestions from them than an adult.”- Sylvie

I usually hate reading, but I couldn’t put this book down. I have read three books so far!” -Holden

Success of Program (10 points)

For a teacher who loves to read, it hurts Ms. Santo’s heart that her students don’t share the same passion. The basis of this program is to instill a love for reading in the students in a way that will extend beyond the classroom. She has already seen success in the enthusiasm the students have to dive into new books. They can’t wait for the time of the day when they get to escape back into their story. Their grade is given based off of them recording the books they read and getting them signed off by a teacher She keeps an eye on where the student is in the book and how quickly they can get through it. The students also write advertisements for their books to share with their classmates. If they really enjoyed a book, it shows up in their writing and encourages others to read the book. The student are also required to write letters to their teacher in which they receive responses. In this way, Ms. Santos can check for understanding as well as foster a community of enthusiastic readers. The real measure of success is seeing reluctant readers become avid readers.

Implementation (10 points)

Using techniques described in The Book Whisperer, students will be asked to challenge themselves to read 40 books a year.   Students are allowed time and space to read at their own paces. Students are allowed to choose their own books, but will be asked to read at least one book from each of the following genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Traditional Literature, Poetry, Informational and Biography/ Autobiography/ Memoir.

During their reading, students will write journal entries and letters to their teachers weekly.  Teachers take time to personally respond to each student. Remember, students are reading literature from all genres that focus on the important middle school idea of developing identity.  Having this important 1:1 connection with their teacher during this period is paramount. This personal connection has proved so much more effective and inspiring than book clubs.

In addition, students are expected to produce one major project each month--regardless of where they are in their current reading.  These projects may include creating commercials, book reviews, or art pieces. It is important to note that this is not a book club.  Students will not be reading the same book together and holding discussions. Instead, they will be asked to “sell” their book to one another and share their enthusiasm for literature with their peers and teacher.

The success so far has been inspiring.  Even students who were previously unmotivated and underachieving readers are happily reading and producing high quality, insightful work.  

Sustainability
Yes, this program is fully sustainable. The library will continue to grow and be added to yearly through various donations and funding, but we just need a large donation of books to get this program off the ground. Katie Santos has already used her SELS Bear Walk funds to purchase shelving for the library. Teachers and students are extremely enthusiastic about the possibility of a middle school library. Should teachers move sites, the library will remain with Sierra Expeditionary Learning School.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Absolutely--this library will be accessed and used by all students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade crews.  Students are begging for more books to share. We anticipate needing to have 70-75 novels checked out at any given time.  In addition, these books will serve students in our middle school for years to come and will be added to throughout the coming years.

Taxes
$33.58
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

Every one of these books offers a path to identity and will help provide middle schoolers with the tools they need to grow into who they really want to be.  These are titles recommended by authors and teen readers dealing with issues such as racism, gender, sexuality, migration, and adolescence. 

 

Please note that we asked Word After Word bookstore in Truckee if they could match prices.  They cannot get closer than 5-10% over Amazon prices. In addition, Grassroots Bookstore in Reno is a big supporter and can help with titles--in addition to providing students with a free used book of their choice to add to the library.  

Other funding sources

This year, Reenie McMains and Katie Santos used money raised by the SELS Bear Walk to allow each student to choose one book to purchase at Grassroots Bookshop in Reno to kick off the program.  The money raised by Bear Walk at the middle school level is far less than the funds raised at the elementary level and somewhat exhausted teacher funds for the year. In addition, Measure A funds are unavailable.  And, the Parent-Teacher Crew is not able to provide funding for books at this time.

Given that SELS received two new middle school teachers this year, any amount granted for literature and books would be extremely appreciated and well used.  Not only are the teachers asking for more books, their students are asking for more books, as well.

Visual and Tactile Realia: Spanish Alphabet Tubs

Grant Applicant
Edith Martinez
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$1947.00
Description (10 points)

A is for árbol and avión…B is for barco and bicicleta! These Spanish alphabet teaching tubs have 154 appealing miniature artifacts. The tubs have been grouped into 30 tubs—one for each letter sound in the Spanish alphabet, including “ch,” “ll,” “ñ” and “rr.” Children can use these tubs along with their teacher to master letter sounds. One students have mastered the alphabet sounds, they can use the miniatures for sorting activities, memory games and many more phonics activities. The set includes a Spanish alphabet chart, 30 tubs and lids, sticker labels, 154 miniatures, 59 letters and a bilingual guide. The teaching tubs storage rack will provide a space to maintain the tubs organized and accessible to students.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

**NEURONS that fire together, wire together***

The Spanish Alphabet Tubs will be used to provide visual and tactile realia to our students on a daily basis. Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible objects in the classroom to help our students connect with Spanish. It involves visual and tactile experiences for students to expand concepts and vocabulary. In the classroom we will use realia to strengthen students' associations between words for everyday objects and the objects themselves. In our K, 1st grade and RTI classes, students will be able to interact with authentic materials enabling them to interact with the real language and its use. This vocabulary can then be transferred to reading, word work, writing and math. Examples are; to illustrate and teach young learners vocabulary for animals, clothing, fruit, community members, tools, vegetables and much more. Realia is used to provide experiences on which to build and provide students with opportunities to use all the senses in learning. Realia allows the students to see, feel and hear the object being explored. Current brain research tells us that when children listen and read they utilize the left cortex where visual processing occurs. Therefore, children need gestures and visuals to make language clearer.  We also know, stress makes the brain more dependent on visuals not only to hear and process, but also to establish a perception . In general, humans are designed to associated information with symbols. By providing our students with realia on a daily basis, we will be be providing them an opportunity not only to improve learning but also a way to analyze information. The population we serve at KBE is diverse, all learners will benefit from having accessible hands on realia directly associated to increasing their Spanish vocabulary.

Success of Program (10 points)

The goal is to provide rich language exposure for children. This is measured through informal read-aloud discussions, individual conversations and teacher led literary topics. In addition, the success of the program will be measured by students ability to successfully and independently complete assigned phonic tasks. These will be tracked via every teachers conferring notebook.

Implementation (10 points)

All materials will be labeled as EEF funding and KBE property. The realia tubs will be used during whole class lessons to support new concepts and/or vocabulary. In addition, realia will be explicitly used during writing and guided reading by the classroom/RTI teacher. The Spanish Alphabet tubs will also be used in phonics centers such as word work and read to self. This will provide students with an opportunity to use new vocabulary explicitly taught.

Sustainability
Yes, the storage rack will provide a space to keep all materials organized and accessible for future students. The objects provided in the tubs are well made and sturdy. If necessary, they are easy to wipe down and/or wash. We will not need additional funding from EEF in future years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

No, the target is for all students and teachers to have access to realia to support in reading, writing and word work daily. In order to do so, all teachers need their individual set.

Notes

Next year our K-1 team is adding a new 1st grade teacher. The grant also includes our RTI teacher.

Taxes
$115.41
Shipping
$238.79
Other funding sources

There are no other funding resources. Although PACE and Measure A provide each classroom teacher with a total of $500, K, 1st and RTI  teachers have spent their allotted amounts on classroom materials and supplies.

Q Balls for Academic Discourse

Grant Applicant
Abby Osborn
Grant Date
2018
School Site
Amount Funded
$558.00
Description (10 points)

Over the 2017-18 school year, the TTUSD EL coordinators have participated as Pioneers of Academic Discourse. We have committed to videoing students on a monthly basis as they are in the middle of conversation to document their growth as confident speakers. Our obstacle with nearly all the videos has been that we are unable to hear the conversations in the videos. The Qball microphone will provide students with an engaging means to amplify their conversations and our class discussions. It will also provide other teachers with the opportunity to plan engaging academic discourse and have all students' ideas be heard. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The QBall will allow all students to be heard more clearly and effectively. It will help all students as they master our Common Core Speaking and Listening standards. In particular, it will benefit our English Learners who will have the opportunity to practice academic discourse both in ELD and in their classrooms. As the district continues its mission of increasing rigorous academic discourse within the classroom, speaking up in class will become more and more important and inevitable. Students who typically shy away from discussions will have the opportunity to have their voices heard in a fun and interactive way. When reviewing videos of their conversations, EL students will be able to clearly hear their successes and opportunities for growth.

Success of Program (10 points)

The successful use of the QBalls would be all teachers using them as needed for class discussion and academic discourse, in addition to the ELD class use during video recording of conversations.

Implementation (10 points)

The QBalls would be available for check out as soon as they arrive! I would be available to model a lesson in classrooms using the QBall during minimum days.

Sustainability
The QBalls would be a one time purchase.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The 3 QBalls will be available for check out to all teachers and grade levels.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$21.00
Budget Notes

No tax was quoted on the website during checkout. 

Other funding sources

No other funding sources available at this time. 

Readers are Leaders! Leveled books for Special Education Classroom

Grant Applicant
Alexandria Kalita
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$891.00
Description (10 points)

Describe the program or project:

As a first-year special education teacher, I have quickly realized that my students are constantly challenged to find a book they can read independently. As a result, most of my students have developed a dislike for reading, and they rarely finish the books that they start.

Additionally, most of my students are reading below grade level which makes it difficult to supply a library with books of interest to everyone. I am hoping that through this grant, I am able to provide my students with a plethora of interesting books that motivate each of them to read daily!

Reading with my special education students used to result in frustration and dejection; however, after a year of being encouraged to read daily, they are finding what a relaxing and enjoyable activity reading can be.

At Truckee Elementary, Accelerated Reader is implemented daily, in every classroom. The goal of Accelerated Reader is to transform our students into lifelong readers and to guide them into starting a book, finishing a book, and taking a comprehension quiz -which is tracked based on their goals. These important goals have been reached by following certain objectives on a daily basis in the classroom through assistance from both teachers and peers.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Number of Students: This grant could potentially affect all special education students at Truckee Elementary. Each year the Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd-grade group of special education resource students, is roughly between 20 and 26 students. This grant will fund a library of books to last for many years to come.

Program Objectives: Accelerated Reader is a cloud based daily progress-monitoring tool, appropriate for students regardless of ability, which enables teachers to guide students to appropriate books and hold them accountable for their independent reading access. Through data generated by quizzes presented in a friendly, inviting format, Accelerated Reader helps teachers closely monitor several types of reading practice -including reading aloud, paired reading, and independent reading.

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Measure of Success or Achievement:  Accelerated Reader improves student motivation by offering them autonomy and independence as they practice reading.  Students self-select books rather than having books assigned. Accelerated Reader offers more than 192,000 quizzes, including over 89,000 nonfiction titles which provide a ready resource for meeting new standards for more nonfiction reading. For early readers, nearly 6,000 titles have three-question Reading Practice Quizzes in English designed to help measure comprehension of short early-reader title. Additionally, most titles have an accompanying Recorded Voice Quiz. Limited English Proficient students face the challenge of learning in English as they learn English. More than 10,000 Reading Practice Quizzes in Spanish are available for best-selling Spanish titles. Recorded Voice Quizzes in Spanish enable English learners who are beginning readers to take quizzes on their own. Additionally, there are more than 600 titles with three-question Reading Practice Quizzes in Spanish.

Implementation (10 points)

Methods of Implementation:  Students at Truckee Elementary have daily Accelerated Reader  time, which requires 15-30 minutes of reading. I also encourage my students to read at home with their parents, or independently every night. I believe that encouraging students to try out new books, and maybe find a love of reading, will benefit them as they move to higher grades. Adding new books to our classroom will increase their excitement of reading, rather than having them dread it, which many do now. It may even encourage families to develop a new sense of reading as they see their children bringing home new books to read.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Could this grant tie into your PLC:  Yes. This program will provide Special Education teachers with another tool to use for students that struggle with reading and are not responding to other methods. As struggling readers begin to improve their skills, they are more likely to access the core curriculum which also ties into our participation in our Special Ed PLC’s and our site grade level PLC. In addition, this grant will provide our program with a sufficient library of up to date, interesting books to enhance self motivation in all students.

Taxes
$68.93
Shipping
$68.40
Budget Notes

Cost of levelled books with scholastic account:

Item Cost

Accelerated Reader II Grade K (AR Levels 0.4-1.6)

$175.00

Accelerated Reader II Grade 1 (AR Levels 1.0-2.1)

$175.00

Accelerated Reader® II Grade 1 (AR Levels 1.2–2.5)

$199.00

Accelerated Reader® II Grade 2 (AR Levels 2.1–3.5)

$205.00

Shipping

$68.40

 

TOTAL

$ 759.99

Tax 8.375%:

$ 68.93

Grand Total:

$891.33

Newbery Reader Challenge

Grant Applicant
Sarah Biebl (Reading Specialist)
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$588.00
Description (10 points)

Sierra Expeditionary 4th and 5th grade classrooms are the perfect setting for the introduction and exploration of the exquisite stories that reside within classic literature novels.  The Newbery Award winning texts are meant to inspire and create a world of wonder for students so that they may see, touch, hear, and feel the lives of the characters that exist within each text.  The Newbery Reader Challenge is a national program encouraging young readers to set reading goals with Newbery literature. Often times, these small “contests” provide additional motivation, and with the use of award winning books, hope to increase students’ abilities and interests in reading.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 4th and 5th grade students will benefit from participating in the Newbery Reader Challenge.   The students can develop a love and passion for reading as they are introduced and inundated with quality literature such as the Newbery Award books.  Literature has a demonstrated effectiveness in the development of youngsters or “tweens” academic, cognitive, and social-emotional growth. Their reading abilities in comprehension can reach maximum potential as they are exposed to higher level or Tier 2 vocabulary words as recognized in the Common Core State Standards. Complexities within the stories challenge the students’ critical thinking, analytical, and reasoning skills at a higher level and thus may influence how students reason and think within the world at large. Additionally, reading quality literature exposes the students to diverse characters and experiences that the average learner may never encounter. The opportunity to experience various backgrounds, struggles, and perspectives lies within each page, providing the students will have numerous chances to grapple with a wide range of emotions the characters experience within a safe setting; therefore, may be able to expand their own emotional growth. This exposure and experience will prepare the learners for real world situations and will give them confidence as they grow into young adults. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Launching the Newbery Reading Challenge within the classroom will enhance the reading curriculum and CAFE/Daily 5 program at the 4th and 5th grade levels. Students will strengthen their reading skills of comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary and take them to new heights as they delve into the wonders of the Newbery Award winning texts.

Success of the Newbery Reading Challenge will be identified in a variety of ways.  Informal assessments, such as participation in content rich conversations, expanding vocabulary, and discussions of events and experiences as measured by the teacher will demonstrate student success. Further, the rubric created for the book reviews will formally measure their comprehension, evaluation, and reflection of the numerous texts read by each student.  In addition, the scores in the comprehension and fluency areas of the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) will provide a formative measure of their success.

Implementation (10 points)

Students will be introduced to a variety of Newbery Award winning texts in a “pilot” program this year starting April 18 and lasting through the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Next year the program will be implemented in full with the additional books (hopefully) provided from this grant. The students’ learning target will be to respond to and analyze literature by exploring titles written by award-winning authors, diagramming and reflecting the storylines, and writing a book review to be used as a final assessment of their learning. Students will accrue points for each book read and, prior to reading, will choose a level to aim for based on a difficulty scale of literature authors provided by the teacher.  As they are reading, the students will use a note catcher to capture the essence of their analytical and reasoning skills throughout the books.  They will then synthesize the information they have gathered and complete a book review to be assessed by the teacher. Their score will be reflected in number form as detailed in a comprehensive rubric provided by the teacher. 

Sustainability
The Newbery Reader Challenge texts can be used over the years as these are classic novels that will continue to inspire and foster a love for literature. In the upcoming years, some titles may need to be added or refreshed, but in general, the funding will allow for recurrent and ongoing use and learning for years to come.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant, when funded, will be shared with the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  In addition, the Reading Specialists, who support reading and writing within each classroom, will join in the implementation of the Newbery Reader Challenge. 

Taxes
$46.00
Shipping
$0.00

Newsela PRO for 3rd and 4th grades

Grant Applicant
Abby Osborn
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$750.00
Description (10 points)

Newsela is a free online news site and app that provides students with high interest, differentiated, leveled versions of actual news articles and follow-up questions in a quiz form. Newsela PRO allows teachers to track individual student progress, as well as additional support in the form of annotations and written assignments. Newsela PRO will allow me, our tech teacher, and the third and fourth grade teachers to track our students' individual progress and hold them more accountable for the information they read.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

I have been using Newsela in my ELD classroom for the last two years and have found it to be a priceless resource for high interest reading material. I have found it to be particularly effective with my English Learner students because it provides all students with access to the same content, but tailored to their individual reading levels. We are able to discuss current events with high rigor and expectations. This benefit also extends to our other below grade level readers. The articles can be used as supporting evidence in academic discourse and debates. The quizzes can be valuable formative assessments before revisiting articles for close reading. Students are also able to choose articles based on their own interests.  The PRO version allows teachers to hone in on individual students’ needs and see each article a student has chosen to read, the amount of time they took to read it, and how they did on specific quiz questions. These features are not included in the free version. Additionally, I have found Newsela to be a more effective reading tool for our older students as they begin to transition out of our other reading program, Reading A to Z.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of the program would be teachers using Newsela PRO to inform their teaching by reviewing individual students’ scores and reading choices. Teachers would also use the PRO format to customize their assignments and focus on particular strategies or ideas while students read the articles at their own reading level. Students would be engaged and excited to read current events and “real” articles while building confidence to participate in academic discourse.

Implementation (10 points)

The program would be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year for all 3rd and 4th grade students. Although all 3rd and 4th grade teachers have used Newsela at some point, I would be happy to conduct an orientation for the PRO version to help teachers set up their classes. The site also provides several webinars.

Sustainability
The grant is for one year-long subscription.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes! It will be available to all 3rd and 4th grade teachers as well as our tech teacher and ELD coordinator.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

No other funding sources are available at this time. 

Literacy for Primary and Developing Readers

Grant Applicant
Jamie Maitia
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$1711.00
Description (10 points)

Raz Kids:  A leveled reading program with comprehension questions and assessments.    There are nonfiction and fiction benchmark assessment passages for each reading level.  The online running record feature includes a recorded retelling capability and interactive quizzes.  This is a self-paced, motivational reading program with hundreds of leveled books. Students can: •  Listen to books for modeled fluency•  Read books with pronunciation and vocabulary support•  Record their reading.

 

We would like to purchase a RazKids license for each of our K, 1, and 2 classrooms, our ELD classroom, our Tech Lab, one third grade classroom, one fourth grade classroom, and one fifth grade classroom (each to be maximized a resource during our blended ELD deployment).  (16 total licenses for one year)

 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

To improve reading comprehension, decoding and fluency.  To foster a love of reading.  To gain knowledge while reading non-fiction and ignite imaginations while reading fiction.  While Raz Kids is most commonly used in our K-2 classrooms, students at upper elementary levels who are reading below grade level also benefit from the program.  Raz Kids is a resource that supports our Daily 5 Read to Self and Listen to Reading activities that allow students individualized reading practice in a structured language arts environment.

Success of Program (10 points)

The program shows students progressing through the levels.  Teachers and parents can monitor progress, send messages, assign activities and assessments and check for understanding.

Success "looks like" students progressing in the program and celebrating progress!

Implementation (10 points)

Students will be able to access this program daily in our classrooms with iPads or Chromebooks depending on the grade level, at home daily, and then weekly in our Tech Lab.

Sustainability
Recent shifts in funding for our intervention require us to reach out to Excellence in Education for support with the cost of licensing for RazKids for the upcoming school year. Moving forward, Truckee Elementary plans to use site funds to purchase future licenses as we reorganize intervention and technology resources and are able to reallocate funding.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes!  Raz Kids supports state adopted content standards for reading as well as speaking and listening.

We would like to purchase a RazKids license for each of our K, 1, and 2 classrooms, our ELD classroom, our Tech Lab, one third grade classroom, one fourth grade classroom, and one fifth grade classroom (each to be maximized a resource during our blended ELD deployment).  (16 total licenses for one year)

Literature Circle Novel Sets

Grant Applicant
Jill Zapata
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$600.00
Description (10 points)

Building on Sierra High School’s commitment to literacy, the Literature Circles are a culminating yearly event where students demonstrate their autonomous learning and developing literacy skills. As a final project in the English classes, students choose novels of their own, set a reading pace with their peer group, conducted weekly conversations around their novels, demonstrate their literacy skills in fishbowl assessments and participate in final presentations where they act as docents and present their novels to the public. The purpose of this grant is to supplement the novel sets that are needed to support this project. This Literature Circle project directly supports Sierra High School’s literacy plan by building on students’ skills as they manage their own interactions and learning with novels of their choice and prepare to present their knowledge to the school community and the public.

Sierra High School recognizes that this is a repeated grant request. However, this request is student driven as students repeatedly express interest every year in participating in the Literature Circles project. This project is beneficial in its cyclical nature too: the final presentations and many classroom conversations at the end of one school year roll over to inform students choices about novels they read the following year when they return to school. Ending the school year with our Literature Circle project directly informs our Leisure reading program the start of the following year. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All students enrolled in English during the school year of 2018-19 will benefit from the Literature Circle project and the grant’s support of the novel sets. Since English courses at Sierra High School are heterogenous, mixed grade level classes, the diverse population of the school site is represented. In addition, the need for credit recovery and acceleration from the student population assures that at least 90% of students’ enrolled in Sierra High are enrolled in an English course.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of the program is measured by the students interaction with their novels, their peers and their ability to be successful docents at the public presentations. Because students are responsible for setting how many pages they will read weekly in their groups, which roles they will prepare for weekly conversations and for developing a presentation the whole group will oversee during the final presentation, students become more independent readers and talkers

Implementation (10 points)

The Literature Circle project takes place during the last 9 weeks of the school year. Students select novels and peer groups to read with; they create a weekly calendar of how many pages they must read; they assign weekly roles for supporting their conversations around the novels ( for example: the discussion director, the connector, the illustrator); they prepare for a fishbowl assessment where they conduct a conversation in front of all of their peers; and they prepare a visual representation of their novel using trifold presentation board where they will act as a docent with the public during the final exhibit.

Sustainability
Sustainability is an ongoing struggle for small alternative schools. Sierra High School does not have traditional library support and the need for finding additional funding for novel set texts does not go away. The nature of the work done yearly -- the students' writings and annotations during their reading process, their desire to keep novels they have read deeply and their inclination to want to read new titles each year- often dictates the need for additional book sets purchased. Some students take English at Sierra High School for two or three years so the need to provide new novel sets yearly is high. The support of this grant helps build sets of novels that will be used this year and may continue to be used in future literature circles.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Our English course span all grade levels, so all students enrolled in English have access to these novel sets and the Literature Circle project

Taxes
$40.00
Shipping
$60.00
Budget Notes

We utilize the local bookstores in Truckee and Reno, on line distributors such as Amazon Books and Books A Million and low cost publishers such as Dover Thrift Editions as vendors to help keep our cost low.

Other funding sources

Some limited Title I sources for English Language books may be used as well as limited Measure A funds.