Grant Applicant
Jessica Keller
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$1930.00
Description (10 points)

With the transition and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards following the Preferred Integrated Science Framework recommended by the State of California, seventh grade science is going to be teaching concepts that were previously taught in sixth grade.  After collaborating with the sixth grade teachers, organizing the science supplies, and taking inventory there are a number of resources we would like to purchase for seventh grade science.  These activities include rock and mineral reference charts for students to consult as they identify unlabeled rock and mineral specimens. A variety of different rock and mineral specimens that students can identify using a streak test, glass plate, hand lens, magnet, nail, penny and the Moh's Hardness Scale (included in the kit below).  An Investigating the Rock Cycle reference chart that shows specific rock specimens and samples at different stages in the rock cycle.  

As we teach the Rock Cycle we're also going to be covering the geoscience processes that have changed and shaped the Earth's Surface.  The Earth Science Skill Builder Kits include a blended instructional model that allows for hands-on review, reinforcement of concepts, the scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts.  The kits include a student learning guide, illustrated explanations, a lab investigation, and potential assessment questions.  The kits also include four different teacher flip charts that are laminated, double sided, and have "write-on/wipe-off" activities.  Additionally to help solidify student learning the kits come equipped with educational student games.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Using these instructional tools will provide students with the necessary background to develop a model describing the cycling of Earth's materials.  In addition the materials will assist as students construct an explanation that provides evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface.  The resources will provide students with opportunities to analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils, and natural resources.

The benefits of materials requested will provide students with multiple learning modalities for studying the rock cycle, identifying rocks and minerals, and analyzing geoscience processes.  Through having a variety of hands-on activities and experiences students will learn to think like geologists.  Students will have opportunities to enhance their understanding through digital lessons, educational games, and engaging colorful reading material.  

MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.

MS-ESS2-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

MS-ESS2-3 Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes and seafloor structures to provide evidence of past plate motions.

MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are a result of past and current geoscience processes.

MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects

MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of the program will be measured through students' movement on the standards proficiency scales.  We are looking at bundling the six Earth's Systems and Earth & Human Activity Standards together with these resources.  Students' will demonstrate mastery of their learning at the end of the unit through completing a performance assessment of their choosing.  The number of students who have demonstrated mastery by the end of the unit will be used to determine the success of the program. After students have learned the material the colored reference charts can be used as reminders of student learning.  The games can be played repeatedly for review, and the reading materials can also be used as references and referred back to on multiple occasions. 

Implementation (10 points)

We plan to conduct a number of hands-on investigations related to the rock cycle, and earth's geoscience processes. As students work to identify rock and mineral specimens the colored reference charts can be at their tables and referred to immediately.  Students can work in stations and have a specific task at each station.  At one station students can complete several of the "write-on/ wipe-off" activities on the flip charts. At another station students can read the illustrated explanations, write several jots in their science notebooks, and draw a picture/diagram describing the processes they are studying.  Students can work on a digitalized version of the lesson at another station, and at they can complete a hands-on review at the following station. The following day students can play the curriculum mastery games to review and reinforce their learning.  After students feel they have mastered the material they can try the provided assessment questions to check their understanding and learning.  

Sustainability
The majority of the items requested are reusable and should last for many years. Only a few supplies within the kits would need to be replenished, but our science funding through Measure A can be used to replenish the few consumables.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The items will be shared with the seventh grade team.  The materials will also be available for other staff members or grade levels that would like to use them. 

Taxes
$150.00
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

Alder Creek Middle School has a science budget which is used to purchase consumable items, lab equipment etc.  We have used our science budget this year for other lab materials, supplies and to service equipment. 

Grant Applicant
Teresa Eppolito
Grant Date
2017
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$1344.00
Description (10 points)

The main objective of Flocabulary is to engage students and to increase achievement across the curriculum. Flocabulary's "Week in Rap" presents academic content in a highly-engaging, contemporary format. Videos let the topic speak for itself, providing students with both visual and aural exposure.  Lessons are available in math, science, life skills, language arts, and social studies.  Vocabulary lessons have been added this year, too.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Flocabulary is a highly engaging academic tool that creates videos, interactive activities and assessments for students in all subject areas. Flocabulary's multi-sensory approach of using music, rhythm and rhyme is supported by academic research. Music facilitates memorization and recall of academic content, while the use of hip-hop and other culturally-relevant media increases student engagement. This supports all our students from English learners to struggling readers to advanced learners.

Success of Program (10 points)

ACMS has a school-wide goal to increase our English/Language Arts CAASP scores by 5% in each grade level. In the 2016-17 school year overall ELA scores in 6th grade increased 4%, in 7th grade ELA scores increased 17%, and in 8th grade ELA scores increased 4%.  The 2015-16 school year also showed growth in ELA scores.  ACMS increase in scores are higher than North Tahoe in all three grade levels.  Many strategies were utilized by teachers to increase scores, including Flocabulary. Student engagement in classrooms that use Flocabulary is high. Students look forward to Flocabulary Fridays in my Literacy class!

Implementation (10 points)

The methods for implementation are by teacher discretion. Flocabulary songs, videos and exercises are designed to fit into the curriculum in a variety of ways. Some teachers will be using the program during Literacy (Reading) class, some during Language Arts and Social Studies, and Resource teachers have requested it for their classes.

Sustainability
A one-year subscription to Flocabulary is $96 per teacher. A site license for all teachers and students to have accounts is $2,000.  Last year ten teachers showed an interest in continuing a Flocabulary account and Excellence in Education was kind enough to give ACMS a grant.  This year, twelve teachers have requested Flocabulary.  There are no school funds available to cover the $1,152 cost. Each year we would like to request funding for Flocabulary from Excellence in Ed based on continued interest of students and teachers unless other funding becomes available.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We are asking for Flocabulary for the fourteen teachers who requested it. These teachers can share lessons with others, but only teachers with a digital subscription will have access to the videos and resources.

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$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Grant Applicant
Teresa Eppolito
Grant Date
2016
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$960.00
Description (10 points)

The main objective of Flocabulary is to engage students and to increase achievement across the curriculum. Flocabulary's "Week in Rap" presents academic content in a highly-engaging, contemporary format. Videos let the topic speak for itself, providing students with both visual and aural exposure.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Flocabulary is a highly engaging academic tool that creates videos, interactive activities and assessments for students in all subject areas. Flocabulary's multisensory approach of using music, rhythm and rhyme is supported by academic research. Music facilitates memorization and recall of academic content, while the use of hip-hop and other culturally-relevant media increases student engagement. This supports all our students from English learners to struggling readers to advanced learners.

Success of Program (10 points)

ACMS has a school-wide goal to increase our English/Language Arts CAASP scores by 5% in each grade level. In the 2015-16 school year overall ELA scores in 6th grade increased 21%, in 7th grade ELA scores increased 2%, and in 8th grade ELA scores increased 10%. Many strategies were utilized by teachers to increase scores, including Flocabulary. Student engagement in classrooms that use Flocabulary is high. Students look forward to Flocabulary Fridays in my Literacy class!

Implementation (10 points)

The methods for implementation are by teacher discretion. Flocabulary songs, videos and exercises are designed to fit into the curriculum in a variety of ways. Some teachers will be using the program during Literacy (Reading) class, some during Language Arts and Social Studies, and Resource teachers have requested it for their classes.

Sustainability
A one-year subscription to Flocabulary is $96 per teacher. A site license for all teachers and students to have accounts is $2,000. Last year Excellence in Education was kind enough to grant a full site license to ACMS. This year ten teachers showed an interest in continuing a Flocabulary account. There are no school funds available to cover the $960 cost. Each year we would like to request funding for Flocabulary from Excellence in Ed based on continued interest of students and teachers unless other funding becomes available.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We are asking for Flocabulary for the ten teachers who requested it. These teachers can share lessons with others, but only teachers with a digital subscription will have access to the videos and resources.

Itemized Budget
Item
One-year digital subscription to Flocabulary and The Week in Rap for 10 teachers
Amount
$960.00
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$0.00
Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
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