Supplemental Subscriptions to enhance Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Grant Applicant
Diane Welch
School Site
Sierra Expeditionary Learning School
Grant Category
Literacy
Grant Date
2020
Description (10 points)

Magazine and focused literacy subscriptions help support and enhance early literacy skills in an elementary classroom. Adding a variety of high interest reading material to a classroom library allows students the flexibility to choose additional reading material that fosters a love of reading. By subscribing to magazines, students have the option for additonal reading material for fun in the classroom.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

By supplying the classrooom library with additional high-interest reading material and focused literacy instruction, student reading skills will improve. Giving young readers a variety of text to read, they will strengthen their comprehension abilities and learn critical thinking strategies (making connections, inferring, visualization) to improve their literacy base. Magazines remain in the classroom for multiple years for continued reading support and can be used later for art projects when the magazines are out of date or worn out. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students will show improvement in their reading fluency and comprehension by practicing their literacy skills on a regular basis. This program also allows for students to read with buddies that may be at a different reading level, but have the same interest. This approach eliminates the level's stigma associated with many reading groups and gives early readers a chance to share a common text in the classroom.

Implementation (10 points)

Subscriptions will be ordered prior to the beginning of the school year so magazines and focused literacy subscriptions will be available for students starting in the fall semester. Having a monthly subscription creates excitement and anticipation of upcoming issues to read and share with friends.

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

This is a classroom only subscription but any student visiting the classroom (cross-grade buddies, team crew) are welcome to read the magazines while in the classroom with our own students. The magazines may be shared during subsequent years with other classes that need magazines for art projects.

Sustainability
The subscriptions are one-year in length and need to be renewed each year even though the magazines will remain in the classroom for multiple years.
Amount Funded
$447.00
Individual Budget Items(s)
$34 - Ask
$30 - Sports Illustrated for Kids
$30 - Zoobooks
$25 - National Geographic for Kids
$24 - Boy's Life
$30 - Highlights
$20 - Girl's World
$20 - Young Rider
$212 - Storyworks Jr. (Scholastic)
Shipping
$22.00
Other funding sources

In the past, I have used funds raised by the classroom during walk-a-thons. I would love to use those funds for other classroom enhancements for learning. 

Notes

Storyworks Jr is a monthly subscriptions from Scholastic.com Each child will receive their own magazine with focused literacy skills that will be completed as a class, in small groups, and with buddies. Each subscription is $8.49 per student/year.

All other subscriptions are for one magazine that will be shared by all students in the class.