Learning Sight words, Letters, and Sounds Using Song and Movement DVDs

Grant Applicant
Betsy DePew
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$3214.00
Description (10 points)

Using song and movement when teaching sight words and letters/sounds helps students learn faster and better.  HeidiSongs has wonderful videos and resources to help do this.  

Sight Words:  This collection of 40 animated songs follows the high frequency words included in the McMillan McGraw Hill Kindergarten Wonders Series, presented in the order dictated by the teacher's manual. Using the same, high quality songs and movies from the Sing & Spell Sight Word series, this custom word list has been rearranged to match the publisher's sight word list, helping to make supplemental learning so much easier! All our videos feature catchy songs, all written out onscreen, with fun movements choreographed to help with memorization! With this support, children easily memorize the spellings of the toughest high frequency words!

Letters/sounds:  These videos contain alphabet songs written to help Kindergarten children learn letters, the alphabet, letter sounds, letter formation, the ABC song, and much more! This video collection includes a unique song for every letter of the alphabet. Each and every learning song teaches the sound of the letter, and explains what the letter looks like.  The videos show how to write the letter onscreen, and children act out the shape of the letters with their bodies, which helps them remember what it looks like.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

We have been using song and movement for years to help our young students learn.  These dvds provide wonderful ways to do just that.   All students love this fun way to learn sight words and letters.  They ask to to watch them over and over!  It is often the song or dance that helps them commit them to memory.  The sight word songs also include a catchy way to remember the spelling of these tricky words.

Success of Program (10 points)

I have been using HeidiSongs for years to help students learn sight words and letters.  I know first hand how great these are and how well they work.  They not only help the student memorize sight words and letter sounds, they help students spell words and form letters.  I would like to have access to them for all of the kindergarten classes

Implementation (10 points)

It is so easy to use these dvds and supplemental materials.  We can show them on our new smart tvs easily!

Sustainability
These dvds and supplemental materials will last for years!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes!  We are asking for one set of dvds (sight words and letters/sounds) and accompanying supplemental materials per teacher.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

For a total of $196 we would get 2 dvds and one workbook of supplemental material each.

Total cost is $49 per class x 4 teachers.

 

Other funding sources

Sara and I talked about this grant.  With the new adoption, we will be getting new materials.  I piloted the newly adopted program, and it does not include these types of resources.  

Canciones y Cuentos Decodable Books Level A & Level B K/1

Grant Applicant
Edith Martinez
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$545.00
Description (10 points)

Canciones y Cuentos Decodable Books Level A/Level B contain stories in Spanish that delight students and invite them to learn the basics of reading through phonics. These sets include 1 copy each of 26 decodable books per set (52 total books). This grant was originally funded to our Kindergarten team as a replacement to old Cancionero sets. Since then, there has been a K/1 strand added.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

At the heart of the Canciones y Cuentos literacy program, are the songs and stories. The meaningful, engaging decodable texts present content- area topics or culturally significant stories in a highly graphic format that support meaning. Each text is also linked to the language songs of the program. Through the Canciones y Cuentos Level A/Level B texts, children will have an opportunity to engage in repeated readings of materials at their instructional level to decode words in context, develop fluency, and build comprehension. In addition,  these texts will provide students access to high frequency word instruction and practice. These decodable readers will be used in class on a daily basis to enrich students’ daily literacy life within the classroom.

Success of Program (10 points)

Achievement and success will be measured through continuous growth in individual reading levels as determined by TTUSD’s literacy assessment program Fountas & Pinnell. Moreover, daily informal observations will measure success as students build a love for reading including learning how to read to learn.

Implementation (10 points)

The implementation of this program would be through Daily, the literacy structure for TTUSD. First, each student will read in a small group setting with their classroom teacher during Daily 5; Read with Someone. This will provide students with their first exposure to the text.  Second, each student will take the texts to their classroom book boxes to read during Daily 5; Read to Self. Third, through the eBook version of the text, students will have the opportunity to interact with the text to address Daily 5’s; Word Work and/or Daily 5’s; Listen to Reading through the audio capability. Finally, all K/1 students will be assessed continuously using our district adopted assessment Fountas and Pinnell to monitor and improve foundational reading skills.

Sustainability
The grant will be sustainable in future years. Each book is individually bound; each teacher will clearly label every individual book as EEF funded classroom materials only.
There will be no additional funding requested for Cancionero Level A & Level B decodable texts for this classroom.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

As a kindergarten team, we work together to meet the diverse needs of our students. We have differentiated grouping to provide intervention as well as extensions to our students. However, due to the immense impact and support  these readers will provide our students we are requesting this classroom set solely for our K/1 teacher. Our site has purchased the updated teacher manuals, Big Book of Songs, and the Song CD.

Taxes
$35.37
Shipping
$10.47
Other funding sources

There are no other funding sources for this request. 

ReadNaturally Live

Grant Applicant
Helen Moore & Rachael Sheedy
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$748.00
Description (10 points)

ReadNaturally is a researched based, web-based, individualized reading program that targets struggling readers.  The program is designed to increase students phonics skills, vocabulary development, reading fluency and reading comprehension skills.  The stories are non-fictional, increasing student engagement and motivation. Teachers are able to monitor students success on each story through formal and informal assessments.   

https://www.readnaturally.com/product/read-naturally-live

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This programs allows individual practice in a small group setting.  It is highly motivational, not only for the high interest stories, but because the students can instantly track their progress in the areas of a student’s strengths, deficits, functional levels and growth.  Reading fluency is a challenge for many of our students, which makes it difficult for them to read their core curriculum materials in a timely manner. ReadNaturally works very specifically with reading fluency and systematically provides practice to help students increase their fluency and build comprehension.  The program benefits students by increasing their motivation to read and helps them develop the necessary basic reading skills to become better readers and decrease the achievement gap.

Success of Program (10 points)

Research has shown students reading skills increase when using this program for reading intervention.  The website provides many positive reviews of how the program has increased reading achievement.

Implementation (10 points)

ReadNaturally Live would be used during designated Resource blocks (Tier 3) and students' Reading Intervention block (Tier 2) as an intensive intervention reading program to promote and encourage reading growth. At the present time, we are pulling together various materials and programs to use in our classes. ReadNaturally would provide a systematic, research-based program to increase reading fluency, as well as decoding skills, comprehension, and vocabulary in a highly motivating way.

Sustainability
The licensing for this program will last one school-year and will not incur any additional costs during that time.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The number of licenses requested would be able to span four grade levels; 2nd through 5th-grade resource students as well as some of our students in the general education reading intervention program. Over the past year at Glenshire Elementary, only two out of the six fourth grade students in Tier 2 Reading Intervention are demonstrating growth sufficient to potentially meet grade-level expectations using the TTUSD adopted Fountas & Pinnell Intervention program at this time. We would like the opportunity to have an alternative intervention program, such as ReadNaturally LIVE, to support these Tier 2 and our Tier 3 students.

Taxes
$58.00
Shipping
$0.00

Spanish read aloud books to support bilingual Writers Workshop at KBE

Grant Applicant
Laurel Raymore
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$2000.00
Description (10 points)

The first grade teachers at Kings Beach Elementary school are requesting read aloud books in Spanish to support our Writer’s Workshop program. We use the Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop as our writing curriculum. In first grade at KBE all of our instruction is done in Spanish. The curriculum does not include books in Spanish that we would use to engage and support students in their writing. These books are called “mentor texts” and we have compiled a list to support student learning in specific areas such as writing dialogue, endings, beginnings, descriptive writing, writing a personal narrative, and writing poetry. These mentor texts are quality, engaging books that inspire students and model excellent writing.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Anchor texts allow students and teachers to refer back to important lessons and examples over and over again. The books in our text set provide concrete examples for each of the writing strategies on which we work. Students can see what is expected of them through whole-class read alouds, as well as individual references to the texts during individual reading time. As the books on our list have largely been suggested by Lucy Calkins, the author of the curriculum, and/or vetted by ourselves, they link strongly to the lessons we teach.

Success of Program (10 points)

Students should demonstrate greater proficiency in various writing elements and styles through their access to these mentor texts. This will be measured through their writing. We cover 3 major writing units per year, focusing on narrative, informative writing, and opinion. Writing is taught every day. Students produce 2-10 pieces of writing per unit (depending on the student and their personal process), so there are plenty of opportunities to evaluate students, and to then direct them back to examples of what they should be emulating in the mentor texts.

Implementation (10 points)

We will introduce some of the first mentor texts for the “Small Moments” narrative writing unit in the first or second week of school. We teach 3-4 new writing techniques per week, and each of the mentor texts highlights a different technique, so these books will be used weekly, depending on their alignment to the curriculum. Lucy Caulkins explicitly says which title is best for each writing element, so we have a clear road map on the implementation process.

Sustainability
These books should last many years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, we will share mentor texts with the first grade team. 

Taxes
$121.00
Shipping
$214.00
Budget Notes

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/XNU7VAN6IZ6Y?ref_=wl_share

This Amazon wish list includes an itemized list of books and prices. We are requesting two of each item to add to the libraries of two first grade classrooms, so the total price of the wishlist will be doubled. We have estimated the tax and shipping. Book prices sometimes change or fluctuate. We have provided a URL for the wish list as well as copied and pasted the list into this section. 

Ist grade books grant

TitleCommentsPriceQuantityHas

¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobus! (Pigeon Series) (Spanish Edition)
by Mo Willems (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.4010

Frida (Spanish Edition)
by Jonah Winter, Ana Juan (Hardcover) |-10

De como tia Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse (The Tia Lola Stories) (Spanish Edition)
by Julia Alvarez (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

El Color de mis Palabras (Spanish Edition)
by Lynn Joseph PH., Alberto Jimenez Rioja (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

El El soñador (The Dreamer): (Spanish language edition of The Dreamer) (Spanish Edition)
by Pam Munoz Ryan, Pam Muñoz Ryan (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.4210

Me llamo María Isabel
by Alma Flor Ada, K. Dyble Thompson (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$4.7710

Todo es canción: Antología poética (Spanish Edition)
by Alma Flor Ada, María Jesús Álvarez (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$14.2210

Poesia eres tu (Spanish Edition)
by F. Isabel Campoy, Marcela Calderón (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$16.6910

Confeti: Poemas Para Ninos   [SPA-CONFETI] [Spanish Edition] [Paperback]
Offered by jason_kurt.$25.9410

Animal Poems of the Iguazu/Animalario del Iguazu (English and Spanish Edition)
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Hardcover) |-10

Poems to Dream Together/ Poemas Para So (English and Spanish Edition)
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Paula Barragan (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.9510

Angels Ride Bikes: And Other Fall Poems / Los Angeles Andan en Bicicleta: Y Otros Poemas de Otoño (The Magical Cycle of the Seasons Series)
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.9510

Iguanas in the Snow: And Other Winter Poems / Iguanas en la Nieve: Y Otros Poemas de Invierno (The Magical Cycle of the Seasons Series)
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Paperback) | Offered by PBShop US.$11.7310

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems / Jitomates Risuenos y otros poemas de primavera
by Francisco X. Alarcon, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Hardcover) |-10

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina
by Monica Brown, Sara Palacios (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$14.0410

La Colcha de Recuerdos = The Keeping Quilt (Spanish Edition) by Patricia Polacco (1999-01-01)
-10

El pollo de los domingos / Chicken Sunday (Spanish Edition)
by Patricia Polacco, Lectorum Publications (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$8.9910

My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (Pura Belpre Honor Book Author (Awards)) (English and Spanish Edition)
by Amada Irma Perez, Maya Christina Gonzalez (Hardcover) |-10

Calling the Doves/El Canto De Las Palomas (English and Spanish Edition)
by Juan Felipe Herrera, Elly Simmons (Hardcover) |-10

In My Family/En mi familia
by Carmen Lomas Garza (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$8.8110

Family Pictures, 15th Anniversary Edition / Cuadros de Familia, Edición Quinceañera
by Carmen Lomas Garza, Sandra Cisneros (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.9510

Adelita
by Tomie dePaola (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Strega Nona (Spanish) (Spanish Edition)
by Tomie dePaola (Hardcover) | Offered by Books Mela.$18.5410

La Clase de Dibujo
by Tomie dePaola, Juan Gonzalez Alvaro (Hardcover) | Offered by Books Mela.$26.5310

Cuando-Yo-Tenia-Tu-Edad (Spanish Edition)
by Rachna Gilmore, Renne Benoit (Hardcover) |-10

En un Árbol Están los Cinco Monitos / Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree (A Five Little Monkeys Story) (Spanish and English Edition)
by Eileen Christelow, Victoria Ortiz (Board book) | Offered by Wildcat Media.$4.2810

Sal¡ de paseo
by Sue Williams, Julie Vivas (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.9910

Cinco monitos brincando en la cama/Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story) (Spanish and English Edition)
by Eileen Christelow, Victoria Ortiz (Board book) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.1910

Tikki Tikki Tembo (Spanish Edition)
by Arlene Mosel (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.9910

El Muneco de Jengibre (Spanish Edition)
by Jim Aylesworth, Barbara McClintock (Paperback) | Offered by Seville Bayside.$19.6710

Los tres pequeños jabalíes / The Three Little Javelinas [Hardcover] [2004] (Author) Susan Lowell, Jim Harris
Offered by My BOOKS Store, Inc..$14.8610

El otoño / The Fall (Que sabes de...) (Spanish Edition)
by Nuria Roca (Hardcover) |-10

Feliz Cumpleanos, Luna / Happy Birthday Moon (Spanish Edition)
by Frank Asch (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$16.4510

David Se Mete En Lios/David Gets in Trouble (Coleccion Rascacielos) (Spanish Edition)
by David Shannon, Teresa Mlawer (Hardcover) |-10

Froggy al Bate
-10

La maestra del Pantana Negro
by Mike Thaler, Jared D. Lee (Paperback) |-10

La Bibliotecaria Del Pantano Negro
by Mike Thaler, Jared D. Lee (Paperback) |-10

Hello Ocean/Hola mar (Charlesbridge Bilingual Books)
by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Mark Astrella (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.7910

Como comen los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs…) (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Como van a la escuela los dinosaurios? (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

¿Cómo aprenden los colores los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?): (Spanish language edition of How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?) (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Board book) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

¿Cómo dicen estoy enojado los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?): (Spanish language edition of How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD!) (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

¿Cómo son buenos amigos los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends?) (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Cómo hacer un pastel de lodo (How to Make a Mudpie) Learn to Read, Fun & Fantasy en Español (Learn to Read, Read to Learn: Fun & Fantasy) (Spanish Edition)
by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Paperback) |-10

Como crece una semilla: How a Seed Grows (Spanish edition) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
by Helene J. Jordan, Loretta Krupinski (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Verde, Violeta y Amarillo (Spanish Edition)
by Robert Munsch, Hélène Desputeaux (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$5.9510

Ana Cultiva Manzanas / Apple Farmer Annie: A Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English
by Monica Wellington, Eida del Risco (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$13.5910

A Trip to the Library / De Visita En La Biblioteca (Powerkids Readers: My Community / Mi Comunidad) (English and Spanish Edition)
by Josie Keogh, Eduardo Alaman (Library Binding) | Offered by Amazon.com.$22.6010

Construir Una Carretera (Roadwork) (Construction Crew) (Spanish Edition)
by Sally Sutton, Brian Lovelock (Board book) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.6610

Clic Clac Muu Vacas Escritoras (English and Spanish Edition)
by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.9910

Guillermo Jorge y Manuel Jose (Spanish Edition)
by Men Fox, Ekaré (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$16.9910

La escoba de la viuda (Spanish Edition)
by Allsburg Chris van (Hardcover) | Offered by Stars and Stripes Bookstore.$19.9610

El Higo Mas Dulce (Especiales de a la Orilla del Viento) (Spanish Edition)
by Chris Van Allsburg, Francisco Segovia (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$15.9910

Jumanji (Especiales de a la Orilla del Viento) (Spanish Edition)
by Allsburg Chris van (Hardcover) |-10

El árbol generoso
by Shel Silverstein, Carla Pardo Valle (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$13.3510

Que Nervios! El Primer Dia de Escuela
by Julie Danneberg (Hardcover) |-10

Veloz Como El Grillo (Language - Spanish) (Spanish Edition)
by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.6210

Nancy la Elegante: Fancy Nancy (Spanish edition)
by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$15.4410

Nancy la Elegante y la perrita popoff: Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (Spanish edition)
by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.9810

Fancy Nancy La Elegante y el ballet de las Sirenas
by Robin Preiss Glasser, Jane O' Connor (Paperback) |-10

Oye, Hormiguita (Spanish Edition)
by Phillip Hoose, Hannah Hoose (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.9910

Margaret and Margarita / Margarita y Margaret
by Lynn Reiser (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$16.0610

Mi Dia De Suerte/ My Lucky Day (Buenas Noches) (Good Night) (Spanish Edition)
by Keiko Kasza (Paperback) | Offered by Books Mela.$27.6510

¡No, David! (No, David!) (David Books) (Spanish Edition)
by David Shannon (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

David va a la escuela (David Goes to School) (David Books) (Spanish Edition)
by David Shannon (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Pato va en bici (Spanish Edition)
by David Shannon, Elodie Bourgeois (Hardcover) | Offered by Booksmart14.$17.4610

Se venden gorras: Caps for Sale (Spanish edition) (Reading Rainbow Book)
by Esphyr Slobdkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Hardcover) |-10

El Ratoncito, LA Fresa Roja Y Madura: Y El Gran Oso Hambriento (Spanish Editions)
by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.9910

La semillita (The Tiny Seed) (The World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition)
by Eric Carle, Alexis Romay (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.9910

La mariquita malhumorada
by Eric Carle (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$16.1910

La araña muy ocupada (Spanish Edition)
by Eric Carle (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$17.6910

Gracias el Pavo de Thanksgiving (Mariposa / Butterfly) (Spanish Edition)
by Joy Cowley, Joe Cepeda (Paperback) | Offered by Shop-3C.$15.4810

Charlotte's Web (Spanish edition): La telarana de Carlota
by E. B. White, Garth Williams (Hardcover) |-10

¿Cómo dan las buenas noches los dinosaurios? (Spanish Edition)
by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Paperback) |-10

La oruga muy hambrienta (Spanish Edition)
by Eric Carle (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$17.6810

Días con Sapo y Sepo / Days with Frog and Toad (Spanish Edition) (Sapo Y Sepo/ Frog and Toad)
by Arnold Lobel, By the Author (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$9.4410

Un sillón para mi mamá (A Chair for My Mother)
by Vera B Williams (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$6.9910

Prudencia se preocupa (Spanish Edition)
by Kevin Henkes, Lectorum Publications (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.4010

Owen (Spanish Edition)
by Kevin Henkes, Lectorum Publications (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.4010

Lily y Su Bolso de Plaastico Morado (Spanish Edition)
by Kevin Henkes, Lectorum Publications (Paperback) | Offered by Amazon.com.$7.4010

Silla de Pedro, La (Spanish Edition)
by Ezra Jack Keats (Hardcover) |-10

La primera luna llena de Gatita: Kitten's First Full Moon (Spanish edition)
by Kevin Henkes (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$17.9910

La Asombrosa Graciela (Spanish Edition)
by Mary Hoffman (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$17.8510

Julius, el Rey de la Casa [Hardcover] [1998] (Author) Kevin Henkes, Teresa Mlawer
-10

Alexander Y El Dia Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso, Horroroso (Spanish Edition)
by Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Hardcover) | Offered by Amazon.com.$15.0810

Other funding sources

Classroom funds in 2019-2020, parent donations. However, we often use these funds on consumable items such as art supplies.

LIPS: Phonemic Awareness Curriculum

Grant Applicant
Kelsee Kennedy
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$549.00
Description (10 points)

The LIPS phonemic awareness program is a multisensory approach to teaching reading.  Many learners including those with dyslexia struggle to develop the ability to isolate and manipulate the phonemes of the English language.  This program will benefit these learners through explicit, hands-on, research-based instruction.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This program will benefit learners with special needs who have specific deficits in the area of phonemic awareness.  This program will allow our special education teachers and speech pathologist to better meet the needs of exceptional learners at out school site. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this program will be clearly measured through data based on students' progress through the curriculum.  Currently our school site has a need for curriculum in this area and this purchase will provide benefit to multiple TLE learners. 

Implementation (10 points)

The program will be implemented in weekly 1:1 or small group intervention sessions, as recommended by the curriculum and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). 

Sustainability
This program will be sustainable as written.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant can and will be shared across the SDC, resource and speech programs at our site, depending on student needs. 

Taxes
$33.93
Shipping
$46.80

Reading Gone Wild with Strategy Buddies!

Grant Applicant
Molly Holiday
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$911.00
Description (10 points)

Our young students highly benefit from having concrete items that represent abstract ideas. In the Kinder and First grade classes at KBE, we use a set of reading strategies that are linked to animals; like Sliding Serpent - who teaches us to slide our finger below the words as we read, Brilliant Owl - who always asks questions as she reads, and Jumping Grasshopper - jumps over unknown words and then jumps back to the beginning to reread. This grant will provide 11 different small plush animals for each of our 7 K/1 classrooms. These 77 "Strategy Buddies" will represent the strategies and deepen students' connection to and understanding of them.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All of our Kindergarten and First grade students, for many years to come, will benefit from this grant as they work their way to becoming fluent and energetic readers. There is a large body of research showing that young children learn best when they can touch, manipulate or act out stories with objects that attach to new vocabulary and concepts. These plush animals will serve as an anchor for the reading strategies. Students can hold them as they read and use them to relate the strategies to real life. They will help very active minds stay focused on reading, and encourage reluctant readers to keep trying. In, Integrating Language arts and Content Areas: Effective Research-Based Strategies, Lapp, Fisher and Flood state that when students use real objects to connect with new learning, the vocabulary and ideas become part of their schema because they have touched and discussed the concrete objects. These items will especially benefit struggling readers and at risk students, who tend to lag behind their peers in reading skills.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this program will be in the increased, sustained effort in understanding and practicing the reading strategies. When students can name and remember the strategies because they have connected with the animals, and then use the strategies as they read, we will be successful. Students who have a good understanding of these 11 strategies will be on the way to being powerful readers. Students should move more quickly from emergent to fluent reading by reading with the Buddies.

Implementation (10 points)

Since we are already using these reading strategies, the animals can be used immediately upon receipt. They will be used daily to impact the power of using the strategies in read-alouds, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading. Students will be more engaged and excited about reading with their Wild Reading Buddies! They do not need any additional materials or upkeep. They will “live” in a basket that can be stored near the reading area in each classroom so that students will have access to them as they read.

 

Sustainability
These animals should last for many years. It's conceivable that there may be some loss or theft of an animal or two over time, but if we teach the students of their value to the larger group and have good procedures for their use, care and maintenance, then they may last indefinitely. The teachers could use future classroom funds to replace any as needed.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Since the students read in each class daily during much of the school day, we cannot share a set of animals between classes. The use of the animals by all classes will ensure equity across the classes and grade levels, and help students as they move from Kinder to First grade. They will be seeing familiar faces in all classes.

Taxes
$63.52
Shipping
$77.00
Budget Notes

The items are available now on Amazon, but may not be at the time the grant is due, so I have rounded the prices to the average price of $10/each. Some may be available for less or some can be bought in bulk. This is the maximum amount that we would spend, but the total may be a little bit less.

Other funding sources

None available.

Social Studies Book Sets

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$510.00
Description (10 points)

Truckee Elementary 4th grade is requesting  nonfiction book sets to support social studies reading after the Gold Rush. Our library has book sets about California history, however the historical novels end with California Ranchos. Books are needed that tell the story after 1900. The titles align with the State Standards and  one addresses the UN's Global Goal 4 - Quality Education and Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities. 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 4th grade students will benefit from our expanded collection. The books will also be available to students of other grades. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students love to read about California history. The new books will support student learning and foster excitement about non-fiction reading. I hope students will choose to read non-fiction books on their own. The books are about the internment of Japanese-Californians during World War 2, famous Californians (Disney and Muir) and the civil rights movement.

Implementation (10 points)

The book sets are available in the school library and are used by all Truckee Elementary teachers. 

Sustainability
The book sets will remain in our school library and will be used for many years to support social studies literacy and student interests.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

All 4th grade teachers and our ELD teacher will utilize these books. All other grades will have access to these materials to meet individual learning needs.

Taxes
$53.00
Other funding sources

Our library has funds to purchase books. The librarian regularly updates our collection with new titles, but their isn't enough for all requests. 

PeaceJam Juniors Curriculum

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$196.00
Description (10 points)

Purchase the PeaceJam Junior Curriculum for our school. It is accessed online with videos, lesson plans, and downloadable information. 

Truckee Elementary School received an award for our Blended ELD model. When I attended training last summer in Sacramento, I learned of ways to enhance our Blended ELD program and our school  by incorporating the United Nations' Global Goals. The PeaceJam program is one way to expand our global awareness and add to our character education program. The PeaceJam Foundation offers a curriculum for elementary schools. The curriculum includes information and activities so students may learn about Nobel Peace Prize winners. There are also service learning and project based learning components. 

From their website:

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace. This foundation supports young people working for change through peaceful acts, giving them a platform by which they can be heard.

 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Truckee is a small rural town and our students have limited exposure to other cultures and regions of the world. Students will increase their global awareness and their conflict resolution skills by utilizing the PeaceJam curriculum. The curriculum "introduces young learners to the world through engaging literacy-based lessons that explore the lands, lives, cultures, and lessons of 14 heroes of peace with a step-by-step guide for engaging young students in service." 

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students will have increased awareness of global issues, an understanding of social justice, increased compassion and empathy, an increased acceptance of diversity, and responsible decision making. The PeaceJam curriculum enhances our SecondStep program by broadening the scope from school to the world. 

Implementation (10 points)

The curriculum contains 15 chapters with biographies of 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners and Alfred Nobel. One chapter is for a service learning project. PeaceJam suggests that each grade study Alfred Nobel,  2 different Peace Prize winners, and a service learning project.  PeaceJam hopes to educate, inspire and create action. Each chapter contains suggested activities and literature across all subject areas, an assessment rubric, and links to more resources.

I hope to create a sequence for grades K-5 by utilizing the current state standards and determining which biography fits best. Teaching only 2 biographies in each grade will be doable. 

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared school-wide. 

Other funding sources

Truckee Elementary received a grant for our Blended ELD program and those funds are for teacher training and collaboration. At this time these grant funds are not available for curriculum.

Curriculum Aligned Books for Classroom Instruction

Grant Applicant
Erica Stukey Allstadt
Grant Date
2019
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$344.00
Description (10 points)

As a team, our school as chosen a variety of books that would best support our curriculum in each grade level and books that would allow students to have a variety of levels to choose from when selecting for themselves. Students will be able to move between classrooms with ease and still find success in reading because there are options of levels on the same topic. We decided on a variety of books from Jean Craighead George that support our science and literacy standards while maintaining student engagement. The book set The Case of the Missing Cutthroat directly connects to our Trout in the Classroom project participation and students can cross grade level read this series during "Reading Buddies." The author also writes books called One Day in the... which there are five different short chapter books and each connects to a habitat.  Students are engaged in a fictional text while still being able to pull factual information to apply in class.  This directly connects to our second and third grade NGSS standards. Other books include Greek mythology for our 2nd and 3rd grade literacy standards.  Finally, we've come to understand and connect with our students deeply.  We have learned what they love to read and constantly try to stay on top of finding engaging books that keep them interested and help them learn to love reading.  The Hank Zipzer series is a book set we have included because we are finding that it really connects to our students who struggle to read for a variety of reasons.  We would like the whole set so more students can begin to find an entry point in loving to read. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Providing students with variety in levels, genres, and authors is always a benefit in any classroom.  The best way to become a better reader is to read.  I've always believed that our job as teachers is to support the child in discovering what it is they love about learning, what types of books inspire them, and to engage them by connecting and learning more about the child.  From there we can make classroom choices that support literacy and life-long learning. These book choices specifically support the curriculum. We've spent much time trying to be sure that our selection directly aligns to themes and common core standards across while vertically aligning one grade to the next.  We will observe the benefits as students select, read, and take AR quizzes on these books. We will see benefits as STAR assessment scores rise.  We will see the benefit when a child takes home a book for the first time with a smile on their face after a long period of being a reluctant reader. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success was also described above. We should see formative and summative assessment scores rise as students become more engaged in the classroom curriculum because there is an appropriate entry point for learning available to all students. Students will also be able to make across disciplines connections as we create thematic learning opportunities. 

Implementation (10 points)

There will be immediate implementation. I'm looking forward to the Greek myth books for my first unit next year which will really draw in my new class of students. The three teachers will share the texts in the library that we have created in our spare space at school and we will also utilize the books in our curriculum that allows us to come together for our cross grade level units.

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase. These books will be integrated into learning in a variety of ways over many years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

I am writing the grant but we have discussed it is a team and have planned these books as a team so we can all utilize them together. This is a very specific selection of books that we have decided upon together while planning and analyzing students.

Taxes
$7.25
Budget Notes

I have attached a link to Truckee's Word After Word online cart of books. The only items that they don't have available but can order are the books What a Beast Guide to Mythology at $13.95, the Hank Zipzer Series of 8 books for a total of $50.99, and One Day in the... for $28.75.

Other funding sources

We have been trying to create more current book selections for our students. We have purchased some books already with our site funds but we don't have the current funding in our budget for these books. 

Science and Social Studies Standards Aligned Classroom Picture Books

Grant Applicant
Caroline Piper
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$890.00
Description (10 points)

There are many captivating picture books that build on student’s learning of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California Social Studies Standards. Students learn NGSS material through experiments, reading articles, writing, and discussion. However, they rarely get time to read further about what they are learning in science in a leisurely way. This is similar for social studies. They each have a social studies text and workbook which serves as the base for learning California history. In addition, they have discussion, picture analysis, and projects. However, there are so many great children’s picture books that can illuminate our state history. Our school library has some of these texts, however there are mostly single copies. The fourth grade team would benefit from small group sets of these books to make them available to students during specific units. For example, when students study landforms in science in the fall, we can each have landform picture books in our classroom for students to read in guided reading groups, with a partner, or independently. Similarly, in the spring when students are studying the Gold Rush, we can have books such as, “If You Were a Kid During the Gold Rush” available for students to build on their knowledge of this important historical moment. Use of standards aligned picture books in the classroom will build and enhance student's reading comprehension and understanding of important fourth grade standards.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All fourth grade students would benefit from this program. Students will benefit regardless of their reading level for two reasons: one, the books are at different levels so even if they are a more beginning reader, there will be a book for them. Two, students will have background knowledge from which to build on in order to comprehend these books because they will be purposefully provided during the course of the unit. These picture books will in turn help them to comprehend the often difficult Science and Social Studies texts that the whole class reads together.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of this program will be measured in a number of ways. On the most basic level, if students are reading and enjoying these texts, as well as making connections to the Science and Social Studies standards. Fourth grade teachers will also be able to assess whether these picture books build content understanding by analyzing assessments given on the same material.  

Implementation (10 points)

There is no setup required to implement this program, aside from ordering the books and placing them on the class sets books shelf in the library. Ms. Hines, the librarian, already as a system in place for teachers to check out class sets of books. Therefore, an addition such as these books can be used immediately.

Sustainability
Yes, this grant will be sustainable. These books will only be used in the classroom and will not be taken home by students, so there isn’t a risk of them being lost or damaged.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, all fourth grade teachers will have access to these books. 

Taxes
$103.77
Shipping
$10.00
Budget Notes

NGSS Science books from Book Source Tax: 56.53 (estimated tax: used an online sales tax calculator) 

Social Studies books from Amazon Tax: $47.24 

Shipping Cost is estimated for Book Source, free for Amazon with Prime membership. 

 

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