Grant Applicant
Jamie Schwartz
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$585.00
Description (10 points)

Each year the 4th grade at Kings Beach Elementary participates in Living History Day. This event is the culmination of our year long social studies curriculum based on California history, pioneers, and the Gold Rush. The students participate in 7 hands on stations in which they create items like the pioneers in early California, all while dressed in period costume! We need supplies for our Living History Day.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 7 stations are hands-on learning that are linked directly to the year's socials studies learning concepts. This allows students the opportunity to anchor the concepts to a tangible activity, increasing concept retention as well as the ability to apply attained concepts to new learning situations. Another huge benefit is simple: good old fashion FUN while learning. Living History is consistently a favorite learning day of our students.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success is determined by observed demonstrated skills during the day as well as writing in student journals, anecdotal observation based evidence, and smiles. Personal narratives will be evaluated using our common rubric.

Implementation (10 points)

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers will dress in period costume (pioneer). Students will rotate through 7 different stations based on activities that children living in early California would have participated in: candle making, tinsmithing, rope making, leather stamping, square dancing, corn-husk doll making, and ukulele music station. Students will complete their journal prompt at each station. Students will use their journal notes and experiences to write a personal narrative.

Sustainability
Living History is a program that has been in our school and district for 20+ years. This grant is a consumable grant for supplies needed for the event.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for the entire 4th grade, encompassing our PLC. Our PLC writing focus for the third trimester is narrative writing. Living History Day will happen during the third trimester and we will use this writing piece as a common assessment in our 4th grade PLC.

Taxes
$35.00
Shipping
$60.00
Other funding sources

No other site funds are available for this project. 

Grant Applicant
Jamie Schwartz
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$500.00
Description (10 points)

Each year the 4th grade at Kings Beach Elementary participates in Living History Day. This event is the culmination of our year long social studies curriculum based on California history, pioneers, and the Gold Rush. The students participate in 7 hands on station in which they create items like the pioneers in early California, all while dressed in period costume!We need supplies for our Living History Day. Our student numbers have also grown and we need to accommodate our larger classes.

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Students will apply their in classroom learning to hands-on constructive learning at 6 different stations. Students will compare what resources were available to the early settlers in California and today. Students will write a personal narrative based on their experiences at Living History Day.

All 7 stations are hands-on learning that are linked directly to the year's socials studies learning concepts. This allows students the opportunity to anchor the concepts to a tangible activity, increasing concept retention as well as the ability to apply attained concepts to new learning situations. Another huge benefit is simple: good old fashion FUN while learning. Living History is consistently a favorite learning day of our students.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success is determined by observed demonstrated skills during the day as well as writing in student journals, anecdotal observation based evidence, and smiles. Personal narratives will be evaluated using our common rubric.

Implementation (10 points)

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers will dress in period costume (pioneer). Students will rotate through 7 different stations based on activities that children living in early California would have participated in: candle making, tinsmiting, rope making, leather stamping, square dancing, corn-husk doll making, and ukulele music station. Students will complete their journal prompt at each station. Students will use their journal notes and experiences to write a personal narrative.

Sustainability
This grant is for the consumable supplies we need to run Living History. We do need to secure funding for our consumable goods each year.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for the entire 4th grade, encompassing our PLC. Our PLC writing focus for the third trimester is narrative writing. Living History Day will happen during the third trimester and we will use this writing piece as a common assessment in our 4th grade PLC.

Taxes
$50.00
Shipping
$50.00
Other funding sources

4th grade uses its PACE (PTO) funding budget for other activities. Therefore PACE funding is not available for Living History.

Grant Applicant
Julie Otis
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$1361.00
Description (10 points)

Last year, Kings Beach Elementary was awarded a grant for Palabras a Su Paso, a Spanish spelling program for students in grades K-4. This grant was very well received and currently we lack a similar English component for grades 2-4. Thus, Words their Way would help Kings Beach Elementary strategize a new approach to teaching, learning, and acquiring English phonics in a vertically aligned, organized method. Words their Way is a highly-effective method of teaching spelling skills, using explicit direct instruction, reproducibles, and word sorts. This program has been around for over 25 years, and the most current copyrights are 2016 and later. When students increase their understanding of how to spell words, meanings of affixes, and word derivations, they are better equipped to read and write while constructing meaning. By improving their spelling, students are able to increase their reading comprehension, acquire more vocabulary, and improve their fluency. With the onset of 21st century, traditional spelling practice and assessments may evolve. Since students will be using spell check and technology to produce their writing, teachers need to shift the paradigm from weekly class lists to individualized spelling inventories. Words their Way would complement Palabras a su Paso, allowing teachers to differentiate instruction in English and Spanish.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Words their Way will serve students at Kings Beach Elementary in grades 2-4. Furthermore, this program can be utilized with all students for many years to come. This program is very beneficial since it focuses on the “Word Study” method of teaching spelling instead of memorizing weekly, unconnected word lists. With a word study method, teachers can enable students to discover where their strengths and weaknesses lie, in order to improve where they need it most. “A word study program is a cohesive approach that addresses word recognition, vocabulary, and phonics as well as spelling (Zutell, 1992).” Furthermore, this system can be used for all students - whether they are receiving reading intervention or enrichment. Instead of focusing on word lists, students are focusing on phonics and patterns. Lastly, this method of teaching allows students to become curious about spelling, looking for patterns in the texts around them.

Success of Program (10 points)

Words their Way is a research-based approach to teaching phonics that was first published in 1993. The English component would enable our Two-Way Immersion school the opportunity to implement a word study program that is already being used in English around the district. Words their Way, and now Palabras a Su Paso, are extremely successful at helping students acquire needed literacy skills. Since students move through the stages of spelling, from emergent to derivational, they are able to access the skills they need to further their reading and writing development. Similarly, it will help teachers vertically align the curriculum, deciding when certain grades should teach which phonics patterns. Finally, Words their Way comes with assessments to determine how students are progressing through their spelling patterns and knowledge. This way teachers can keep track of what patterns students need to learn and which ones need to be retaught in small group or whole-class settings.

Implementation (10 points)

The Spanish component, Palabras a su Paso, is already implemented in grades K - 4. Words their Way, the English component, would be implemented in grades 2-4. To begin, teachers would determine when certain spelling patterns would be taught during whole-class direct instruction. For example, second grade would teach short and long vowels and blends (bl, fl, cr, th, sh) while third graders would be expected to learn some root words and affixes. By vertically aligning phonics within our school, we will be better able to give instruction, as well as intervention and enrichment. Each teacher in second through fourth grades, as well as the Reading Intervention, ELD, and Resource teachers, would receive a teacher’s manual to refer to throughout the year. With the new hire of a paraprofessional aide that does paperwork at our site, we will have continued access to someone who would be able to ensure that each classroom has a set of word sorts to use. Alternatively, teachers can ask students to complete their sort on a paper copy. Students will become familiar with the booklets and word sorts as they graduate from each grade level, making the program easier and easier to use. Lastly, their transition to learning English spelling patterns will be that much easier since they understand how to sort using Palabras a su Paso.

Sustainability
This program is extremely sustainable. Teachers would be able to use this program for many years to come. Every teacher in grades 2-4, plus support personnel, will have the materials to implement and sustain the program.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, this program is intended to be shared amongst grade levels as well as with support personnel. Every second grade through fourth grade classroom teacher would have a teacher's manual, as well as the ELD, Resource and Reading Specialist teachers. The teachers would be able to share the supplemental resources and reproducibles as well.

Taxes
$85.00
Shipping
$116.00
Other funding sources

Currently, there is no money in the budget to purchase this curriculum for our school site. On the district level, they are focused on piloting new English Language Arts curricula, thus they are not spending money on new adoptions at the moment. 

Grant Applicant
Jamie Schwartz
Grant Date
2016
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$370.00
Description (10 points)

Each year the 4th grade at Kings Beach Elementary participates in Living History Day. This event is the culmination of our year long social studies curriculum based on California history, pioneers, and the Gold Rush. The students participate in 7 hands on station in which they create items like the pioneers in early California, all while dressed in period costume!We need supplies for our Living History Day. Our student numbers have also grown and we need to accommodate our larger classes.

Students will apply their in classroom learning to hands-on constructive learning at 6 different stations. Students will compare what resources were available to the early settlers in California and today. Students will write a personal narrative based on their experiences at Living History Day.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 7 stations are hands-on learning that are linked directly to the year's socials studies learning concepts. This allows students the opportunity to anchor the concepts to a tangible activity, increasing concept retention as well as the ability to apply attained concepts to new learning situations. Another huge benefit is simple: good old fashion FUN while learning. Living History is consistently a favorite learning day of our students.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success is determined by observed demonstrated skills during the day as well as writing in student journals, anecdotal observation based evidence, and smiles. Personal narratives will be evaluated using our common rubric.

Implementation (10 points)

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers will dress in period costume (pioneer). Students will rotate through 7 different stations based on activities that children living in early California would have participated in: candle making, tinsmiting, rope making, leather stamping, square dancing, corn-husk doll making, and ukulele music station. Students will complete their journal prompt at each station. Students will use their journal notes and experiences to write a personal narrative.

Sustainability
Living History is a program that has been in our school and district for 20+ years. This grant is mostly a consumable grant for supplies needed for the event. However, a portion of the grant is dedicated to our longterm durable goods needed to continue to run the event. As mentioned in the budget, several years ago we received a grant to "green" this event that allowed us to purchase durable reusable pie tins, spoons, napkins, and camp mugs for our "wagon-train" lunch. Because of this grant, we have been able to run Living History as an almost zero waste event (and want to get completely there!). Since our numbers have increased, we need to purchase more of these items.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for the entire 4th grade, encompassing our PLC. Our PLC writing focus for the third trimester is narrative writing. Living History Day will happen during the third trimester and we will use this writing piece as a common assessment in our 4th grade PLC.

Notes

Each year the 4th grade at Kings Beach Elementary participates in Living History Day. This event is the culmination of our year long social studies curriculum based on California history, pioneers, and the Gold Rush. The students participate in 6 hands on station in which they create items like the pioneers in early California, all while dressed in period costume!We need supplies for our Living History Day. Our student numbers have also grown and we need to accommodate our larger classes.

Itemized Budget
Item
candle wax
Amount
$30.00
Item
candle wick
Amount
$20.00
Item
fabric
Amount
$50.00
Item
corn husks
Amount
$30.00
Item
craft tin
Amount
$75.00
Item
leather
Amount
$100.00
Item
n/a (will not let me remove)
Amount
$0.00
Taxes
$60.00
Shipping
$60.00
Budget Notes

As our student numbers go up, we continue to have a largest event cost. Additionally, part of a grant several years ago was to "green" our event. We were able to purchase durable, reusable pie tins, spoons, napkins and mugs for our camp lunch and almost run a waste-free event. Since our numbers have grown since we received that grant, we need to purchase more of these items. 

Other funding sources

PTO funds are not available for this because we have to use our allotted field trip money for our Coloma field trip. We plan on asking a per child donation to help cover costs not directly covered by this grant.

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