Ideas from Past Grants
Ideas from Other Foundations
Ordinary Americans, Extraordinary Achievements: In this grant, students in grades 3-5 studied Americans who have helped to better our society. The project began when students read the book Kids Discover Suffragists then read biographies of Susan B. Anthony. From there, students saw the performance “Susan B. Anthony The Invincible” and then created a voting opportunity within the school to learn how every vote counts. Finally, each student was asked to research their own choice of a Great American, write a report and provide a visual presentation about their chosen hero.
Razzle Dazzle Rainbow Fish: In this innovative project, kindergartners read Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish then worked together to create a giant paper maché fish and read nonfiction literature to extend their knowledge of fish and their environment. Literacy, art and science!
Books Alive! To enhance the Guided Reading curriculum at one school, teachers set up a book room where sets of 6 books were paired up with puppets/animals representing the major characters in the story. Reading groups were then able to not only read the books together but also to “bring them alive”. By introducing puppetry, teachers were able to increase kids’ creativity, reading fluency, expressiveness and confidence.
Project Tween Reads: One district’s 6th grade English/Language Arts department adapted its reading program to model a “Book Club” setting, in which students read contemporary, high-quality books and discussed them in “literature circles” (guided reading groups).
Book It! One school established an on-site Publishing Center which enabled students to bind their own works. At the end of the school year, they convened an Author’s Tea, where students could share their publications.
The Golden Rule: This illustrated children’s book by Ilene Cooper formed the basis for a lesson in ethics. It’s a story about a boy and his grandfather discussing social and emotional issues for both adults and children. The concept of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” was used as a jumping off point for related lessons about social responsiblity, diversity and empathy. After extended classroom discussions, students had the opportunity to create their own books that illustrated how the golden rule has found a place in their own everyday lives.
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