The objective of this grant is to meet the current literacy needs of Kings Beach Elementary, focusing primarily on classroom guided reading instruction as well as accompanying take home materials. Guided reading is the cornerstone for teaching literacy, as it systematically guides students to acquire necessary reading comprehension, phonics, fluency, and vocabulary. Students must be explicitly taught to read in a small group setting at their reading instructional level. When a teacher lacks a certain number of books at a guided reading level, it poses a detrimental educational dilemma. Furthermore, students should be able to keep their guided reading materials in a book box to continue reading or reread independently at a later time. This is similar to the way that students should continue this leveled reading practice at home. Thus, teachers desire the opportunity to supply students and families with leveled literacy materials which can be sent home to further their reading acquisition.
In the 2019-2020 school year, half of this original grant proposal was fulfilled. KBE was given $8000 to purchase in-school, guided reading materials. However, teachers are lacking various literacy materials to enhance instruction at our school and at home. This updated grant proposal aims to assist teachers who are new to their position or our site (4th and 5th grades) as well as provide leveled readers to send home with families to help deepen a student’s understanding (and love of) reading in their home learning environment.