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.
Earlier in the 2019-2020 school year, I asked teachers to fill in a document, summarizing their current literacy needs. It was brought to my attention that many teachers were lacking guided reading materials, especially in lower instructional levels, which are critical to helping students not only access the curriculum, but also to enhance it with interesting, diverse, colorful and pertinent reading materials. Furthermore, many of our teachers are lacking leveled readers to send home with families to help deepen a student’s understanding (and love of) reading in their home learning environment.
Please see a copy of the KBE Literacy Needs Survey Attached at the end of this application.