Grant Applicant
Caroline Piper
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$890.00
Description (10 points)

There are many captivating picture books that build on student’s learning of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California Social Studies Standards. Students learn NGSS material through experiments, reading articles, writing, and discussion. However, they rarely get time to read further about what they are learning in science in a leisurely way. This is similar for social studies. They each have a social studies text and workbook which serves as the base for learning California history. In addition, they have discussion, picture analysis, and projects. However, there are so many great children’s picture books that can illuminate our state history. Our school library has some of these texts, however there are mostly single copies. The fourth grade team would benefit from small group sets of these books to make them available to students during specific units. For example, when students study landforms in science in the fall, we can each have landform picture books in our classroom for students to read in guided reading groups, with a partner, or independently. Similarly, in the spring when students are studying the Gold Rush, we can have books such as, “If You Were a Kid During the Gold Rush” available for students to build on their knowledge of this important historical moment. Use of standards aligned picture books in the classroom will build and enhance student's reading comprehension and understanding of important fourth grade standards.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All fourth grade students would benefit from this program. Students will benefit regardless of their reading level for two reasons: one, the books are at different levels so even if they are a more beginning reader, there will be a book for them. Two, students will have background knowledge from which to build on in order to comprehend these books because they will be purposefully provided during the course of the unit. These picture books will in turn help them to comprehend the often difficult Science and Social Studies texts that the whole class reads together.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of this program will be measured in a number of ways. On the most basic level, if students are reading and enjoying these texts, as well as making connections to the Science and Social Studies standards. Fourth grade teachers will also be able to assess whether these picture books build content understanding by analyzing assessments given on the same material.  

Implementation (10 points)

There is no setup required to implement this program, aside from ordering the books and placing them on the class sets books shelf in the library. Ms. Hines, the librarian, already as a system in place for teachers to check out class sets of books. Therefore, an addition such as these books can be used immediately.

Sustainability
Yes, this grant will be sustainable. These books will only be used in the classroom and will not be taken home by students, so there isn’t a risk of them being lost or damaged.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, all fourth grade teachers will have access to these books. 

Taxes
$103.77
Shipping
$10.00
Budget Notes

NGSS Science books from Book Source Tax: 56.53 (estimated tax: used an online sales tax calculator) 

Social Studies books from Amazon Tax: $47.24 

Shipping Cost is estimated for Book Source, free for Amazon with Prime membership. 

 

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$198.00
Description (10 points)

This program's objective is to give our students a chance to experience 8 different activities that closely simulate activities common in the life of a pioneer of the mid-1800s. The students make candles and rope, cook bread on a stick, do tin smithing, make corn husk dolls, create a  charcoal drawing, play cards and marbles, do leatherwork, and pan for gold. They also sew a gold pouch in the weeks preceding our living history day.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Students will participate in 1850 crafts and activities in an outdoor setting. Former students state the living history field trip was a highlight of 4th grade.

Success of Program (10 points)

Each student is expected to complete a journal throughout their day. Each station will be described and critiqued prior to leaving that station. During the following week the students will write about the different activities and experiences.

Implementation (10 points)

We use the Tahoe Donner Campground as our setting for this experience. Students will rotate through the 10 different stations, creating objects at each station. 4th grade teachers and many parent volunteers will run the stations and lead the groups of students through their day.

Sustainability
A portion of the grant will replace lost or damaged utensils and storage containers. The remainder of the grant is for consumables.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We plan this event as a group. We revise and update the activities every year.  We will determine which expository texts we will use as supplemental material.

Notes

I am completing this application before Living History 2019, so I am unsure which items we will need to replace. The items listed above are from Spring 2018, and I assume that the quantities will be similar. 

Taxes
$40.00
Shipping
$12.00
Other funding sources

Each teacher brings to the project some classroom funds which are spent on the meal (beans, salad, drink) which the students have for lunch. (These funds are raised through our Walk-a-thon and Pumpkin Patch annual events) I did speak to my principal to use some site funds for other supplies.

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2017
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$369.00
Description (10 points)

Truckee Elementary 4th grade is requesting book sets to support science reading.  The books are aligned with theNext Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

We would like to purchase 6 sets of books that are recommended by the STEMscopes program to provide background knowledge and resources for research and investigations.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 4th grade students will benefit from non-fiction reading. The books will also be available to students of other grades. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students love to learn about science. The new books will support student learning and foster excitement about non-fiction reading. We hope students will choose to read non-fiction books on their own. 

Implementation (10 points)

STEMscopes is used by all Truckee Elementary teachers and our science teacher. The books sets are recommended by StemScopes and will be utilized in small groups or in solo reading. 

Sustainability
The science book sets will remain in our school library and will be used for many years to support science literacy and student interests.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

All 4th grade teachers and our science teacher will utilize these books. All other grades will have access to these materials to meet individual learning needs.

Taxes
$25.00
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

There are site funds available for books, and our site has allocated some to purchase literature books. There may be some left for reading sets. 

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2017
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$778.00
Description (10 points)

We are requesting the Education Packages of Rubik's Cubes. The packages contain Cubes for all students, the sequential lessons for solving, and extensions in STEM and art. 

From the "You can do the Cube" website: "Since its creation in 1974, the Rubik's Cube has continued to fascinate, bewilder and challenge millions of people. While many have tried to solve the cube, few succeeded. Those fortunate enough to solve the cube say this magical puzzle has increased their self-esteem, made them feel smarter and more willing to take risks, helped them overcome their fear of failure and even made them more outgoing. " 

We hope that our students will master the Cube. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

By learning to complete the Rubik's Cube, students will improve their problem solving and spatial skills.  Their confidence levels will also improve

We are requesting Rubik's cubes for all students and the educator lessons for 3 teachers (Flynn, Haky-Smith, and Paras) 

Success of Program (10 points)

Jamie Maitia learned of the You Can do the Cube program at a GATE conference. Her 16-17 students participated in the program and loved it! She reports that every student in her class was successful. The 17-18 4th grade teachers would like all 4th graders to participate in the program this year.  

 

Implementation (10 points)

We will begin the Cube lessons in January and complete 2-3 lessons a week. We will incorporate resources that differentiate and incorporate different learning styles.  The lessons use math vocabulary and make connections to related math concepts.  We will also use the provided songs and chants to help students remember the algorithms.  

Sustainability
This grant is fully sustainable.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared with all 4th grade teachers at Truckee Elementary School. 

Shipping
$28.00
Budget Notes

Educator packs of 96 Rubik's cubes   $749.97

Shipping                                                $27.82 

                                                Total    $777.79

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2017
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$533.00
Description (10 points)

This program's objective is to give our students a chance to experience 8 different activities that closely simulate activities common in the life of a pioneer of the mid 1800s. The students make candles and rope, cook bread on a stick, do tin smithing, make corn husk dolls, do charcoal drawing, play cards and marbles, do leatherwork, and pan for gold. They also sew a gold pouch in the weeks preceding living history. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Students will participate in 1850 crafts and activities in an outdoor setting. Former students state the living history field trip was a highlight of 4th grade.

Success of Program (10 points)

Each student is expected to complete a journal throughout their day. Each station will be described and critiqued prior to leaving that station. During the following week the students will write about the different activities and experiences.

Implementation (10 points)

We use the Tahoe Donner Campground as our setting for this experience. Students will rotate through the 10 different stations, creating objects at each station. 4th grade teachers and many parent volunteers will run the stations and lead the groups of students through their day.

Sustainability
A portion of the grant will replace lost or damaged metal cups and spoons. The remainder of the grant is for consumables.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We plan this event as a group. We revise and update the activities every year.  We will determine which expository texts we will use as supplemental material.

Itemized Budget
Item
soap bars for carving
Amount
$36.00
Item
Tumbled rocks and iron pyrite
Amount
$40.00
Item
Cleaning supplies and wipes
Amount
$32.00
Item
Drawing charcoal
Amount
$18.00
Item
Gold spray paint 2 can
Amount
$24.00
Item
leather bookmarks
Amount
$84.00
Item
wax 30 pounds
Amount
$66.00
Item
candle wicks
Amount
$7.00
Taxes
$36.00
Shipping
$12.00
Budget Notes

Our items will be ordered from Michael's and Amazon.

Other funding sources

Each teacher brings to the project some classroom funds which are spent on the meal (beans,salad,drink) which the students have for lunch. (These funds are raised through our Walk-a-thon and Pumpkin Patch annual events) I did speak to my principal to use some site funds for other supplies. 

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