Barrett Elementary Teacher Grant Requests

PASS Program Sensory Room           Requested by Charles, Kimberly

Kids in the PASS program may exhibit significant behaviors. Research indicates that students in the PASS program are especially likely to exhibit acting out behaviors, impatience, anger, aggression, impulsivity, and inappropriate emotional responses(Goodwin, 2013). "Children with poor self-regulation disrupt an entire classroom"(Perry). Self-regulation is an important skill for students of all ages. We want to create a space for calming and activities to teach kids self-regulation. Students need a place to go where they can calm down, de-escalate, or participate in activities that help them self-regulate.     Funding Needed:  $634.00

 

 

Gazebo Learning and Diggin' It           Requested by McQueen, Deborah

Digging" It at B.E.S. is a school wide Gardening experience for alkyds.  The kids are the main care takers of the garden from weeding, seeding, watering, tending and sampling their produce.   Students observe the Plant Life Cycle TEK with hands on learning and observe where produce actually comes from.  Students become aware of the needs of plants as to space, amount of water, growth time to seeing the finished consumable product and finally reproducing again.  Within the garden, students get a chance to see animal and insect dependency up close in their natural habitat, as well as insect life cycles from eggs, larva, caterpillar to butterflies.  The students get to see pollination as the bees zoom through the flower gardens and birds nesting in our birdhouse.  I would love to use these funds for a kid size gazebo or benches to be built around the school garden for the kids to sit and enjoy nature as they learn.  The benches or gazebo will also be used for outdoor learning time for all classroom teachers to enhance any curriculum.    

Funding Needed:  $920.00

 

 

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!            Requested by Owens, Mellisa

Using OSMO Word, students will develop the foundational skills surrounding letter recognition and decoding. As they gain proficiency and confidence, students become challenged to spell more challenging words. With the Monster program, students are challenged to listen and create specific drawings for the story, while also cementing new vocabulary and comprehension through interactive activities.  We know students learn best with hands-on activities while having fun. Play based learning is invaluable for new learners such as first graders. These sets reinforce learning through hands-n activities across the areas of reading and creativity.  The objectives for these activities include:  * Integrating technology into the classroom . *Building creativity and a drive for learning . * Develop fluent readers .      Funding Needed:  $910.80

 

 

STUDENT CHOICE: 5TH GRADE CLASSROOM LIBRARY           Requested by Parker, Edith

WITH THIS GRANT, I WILL PURCHASE BOOKS FOR MY CLASSROOM LIBRARY FOR THE 5TH GRADE BARRETT ELEMENTARY STUDENTS.  STUDENT CULTURAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS VARY A GREAT DEAL, AND THE NEED FOR EASY ACCESS TO RELATABLE LITERATURE IS GREAT. THE ASSOCIATION FOR SUPERVISION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (ASCD.ORG, 2019) RECENTLY CONDUCTED RESEARCH THAT REVEALED THAT THROUGH STUDENT CHOICE, I CAN HELP MY STUDENTS DIFFERENTIATE THEIR READING SO THAT LEARNING IS APPROPRIATELY CHALLENGING.  I CAN COMBAT STUDENT APATHY, HELPING THEM CONNECT WITH THEIR OWN SPECIFIC INTERESTS AND STRENGTHS AND GIVING THEM MORE AUTONOMY, POWER, AND CONTROL OVER THEIR READING, WHICH, IN TURN, BOOST THEIR INTRINSIC MOTIVATION. I HAVE PROVEN IN  A PAST SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT EASILY ACCESSIBLE AND MORE RELATABLE LITERATURE WILL MOTIVATE STUDENTS TO READ, THEREFORE, INCREASE READING AND READING COMPREHENSION.       Funding Needed:  $1000

 

Got Ya Covered           Requested by Remy, Carolyn

We want to create a multi-purpose permanent outdoor covered space not only for our special needs wheelchair-bound students but as an opportunity for an outdoor classroom. The students that must remain in their wheelchairs during recess have no area that protects them from the hot Houston area sunshine. They would like the opportunity to be  with their peers enjoying the outside in the least restrictive environment, yet remain sheltered from the heat and harmful UV rays. Teachers can also utilize the space for an outside classroom. There are many opportunities for science, reading, and math activities that can be experienced in the great outdoors.     Funding Needed:  $4800.00

 

 

Camera Coog video and photography production            Requested by Salas, Jorge

Technology is the future of society. Please help us provide a top-notch educational experience for students who are interested in learning skills in the field of photography and video production. Through the use of an iMac, adobe software, studio lighting, along with a DSLR camera, students will write, record and produce a daily school news broadcasting. Additionally, we will be teaching our students hands on how to take, edit, and publish photographs ranging from everyday school activities to expert level compositions for school and district wide programs. Teaching students at such an early age to learn the post production process hones in on students creative imaginations, creates community, enhances learning and collaboration amongst all grade levels. We feel that giving students this opportunity will open up so many doors for them in the future well beyond high school. We can�t wait to show you what our students will create!    Funding Needed:  $3000

 

 

Empowering Kids Through Movement           Requested by Todd, Johanna

Ultimately, the goal of flexible seating is to better engage students and empower them with choices by providing diverse seating options. Flexible seating facilitates student-centered, collaborative learning, fosters a positive classroom community, and even promotes healthy, kinesthetic learning.      Funding Needed:  $2749.59

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