Scholastic News 2: 2018-2019 School Year

Grant Applicant
Cindy Burau, Rita Ramirez, Allison Everist: 2nd grade team at Tahoe Lake Elementary
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Description (10 points)

Scholastic News 2 is a subscription to a high-interest current event periodical which is written at an appropriate reading level for second graders.  Each issue comes with teaching tools that support our ELA, science, and social studies curriculum. Additionally there are numerous technological components of a subscription which support our technology standards and provide opportunities for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. This periodical has an added benefit of supporting the current work 3rd grade is doing with Reading Informational Text via Scholastic News 3.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Tahoe Truckee Reads has brought educators and the community an awareness of the fact that “research indicates reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.” This goal cannot be achieved in third grade without rigorous targeted reading instruction at previous grade levels.  In second grade students continue to fine tune and hone their reading strategies so when they reach third grade and the expectations for reading begin to shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn", students are ready to read and respond to a wide variety of text.  This current event magazine will support instruction in the standards for Reading Informational Text—from interpreting visual information to analyzing text structure (i.e.-headlines, subheadings, photos, captions, sidebars, boldfaced vocabulary words). It also provides digital teaching tools and online access to complement technology standards.  Differentiation resources such as read-aloud audio and multiple reading levels are available to make the text accessible to all learners.

Success of Program (10 points)

Using these magazines to augment our instruction of nonfiction texts will provide authentic current events for our second graders to meet key standards in Reading Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.  Ongoing formative assessments include, but are not limited to:

  • focus on essential nonfiction reading skills, including asking and answering text-based questions, citing text evidence, and close reading

  • determining the main idea and key details of a text

  • using context clues to determine word meaning

  • analyzing the author’s purpose to persuade, entertain, or inform

  • higher-order thinking questions and writing prompts

  • performance tasks focus on comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic

Implementation (10 points)

The subscription will serve all students in our second grade with 32 issues delivered throughout the school year. Each issue includes teaching guides, videos, posters, differentiation features, online access, and assessment quizzes modeled on the rigor expected in future grade levels.  Paired texts are often offered to complement an issue’s cover story. Questions are provided that require students to compare and contrast the key points in the texts. Entire issues, including follow-up activities can be posted to Google Classroom as a cross-curricular benefit.

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

The subscription purchased by this grant will be shared with the entire second grade as consumables.  Students will be able to take issues home for further reading and sharing when classroom related tasks are completed.  Additionally it will build a foundation for teaching and learning with the same subscription in third grade.

As a consumable (periodical subscription) this grant is not sustainable. Additional funding to continue the subscription in the future would be welcome.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$330 - 60 copies per issue delivered @ $5.50 per student for the school year
Budget Notes

Teacher                                 # of copies                                      Total Price

Rita Ramirez                                20                                               $110.00

Allison Everist                              20                                               $110.00

Cindy Burau                                 20                                               $110.00

10% S&H                                                                                          $ 33.00

Other funding sources

There have been no other district or site funds identified as available for this subscription. 

  • According to the quote, there is no tax listed on the invoice.  The total projected cost with shipping is $363.00.
  • The first issues will ship in July/Aug. so we can start in September.