Our school implements an instructional model called the Daily 5, which encourages students towards reading achievement. During this time, students choose a reading activity to engage with while the teacher works with other students one-on-one or in a small group to provide more personalized instruction.
My need is to have multiple copies of the same book when working with a small group of students for them to be able to access instruction without sharing copies of the text. The need compounds as different small groups are reading books at different levels, and multiple sets of books are needed at each level for students to work with before they have progressed to another reading level.
As students come to second grade with a broad range of backgrounds, they also come to school with different academic advantages and disadvantages. Second graders need access to books at their reading level, including and especially if their reading level is well below grade level expectations. Second graders are expected to read at guided reading levels F - N over the course of the year. This program accounts for the "summer slide" phenomenon in which students' reading level decreases from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next due to the summer months spent out of school. This request is applying for sets of books at reading levels D, E, and F. These students would benefit by having their own copies of the texts we are reading at their individual reading levels. I have found that my students greatly enjoy independently rereading the books we have read together in small group, and this program would ensure that they have several different titles to work with at their level.
Success of Program (10 points)
I would define success with this program as having students interacting daily with texts at a level that supports their reading accuracy and comprehension. If my students are using the books with me in small group and also choosing to reread them independently, I would say students have benefitted from access to level-appropriate, high-quality texts they enjoy. This program would enhance my classroom because I would have appropriate books of better-quality and higher-interest to introduce to my students.
Implementation (10 points)
I would use these leveled book sets during small group reading time. While most of my students are working independently with other reading activities, I would introduce a new book title to leveled small groups each week, and each student would have their own copy to use and keep in their book box to reread at their leisure.
This grant is sustainable for readers at levels D - F. If this program is granted and successful, I would love to request books sets for other reading levels in the future.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?