• ALLen Reads

    ALLenReads encourages the entire Allen community to read the same book or set of books. The grant provides copies of the selected books to all campus in Allen ISD, and the students have access to community events related to the books, such as author and illustrator speakers, writing presentations, and musical performances.

    Curtis - Brenda Hawkins

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  • Bean Bags

    Bean bag seating is becoming a "must-have" for classroom environments. The bright colors create a fun experience for students, enhance concentration levels, increase motivation to read more, and create an alternative, comfortable environment for the student readers.

    Bolin - Roya Azimi

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  • Blazers Book Club Refresh

    The Blazers' Book Club is a group of second grade students who meet together to discuss engaging, student-selected texts. Each students is provided with their own copy of the book that is being read so that they are able to read at home. By discussing these texts with their peers, students will be more engaged in reading and they will be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking.

    Bolin - Emily Barrett

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  • Bolin Blazer and Story Falcons Summer Book Club

    The Bolin Blazer and Story Falcons Summer Book Club will help students with economic and academic needs avoid the summer reading slide and expose them to quality literature and connections. Students will be given an opportunity to select 10 books on their own reading level and interest level from a descriptive catalog, as well as a 10 month sucbscription to National Geographic Kids magazine.

    Bolin - Christie Barrick

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  • Books for Literature Circles and Book Clubs

    Preston 6th graders will meet in groups to discuss engaging, student-selected text. Each student will be provided with their own copy of the book so they can read, annotate, and discuss their ideas and feelings about the novel. By discussing these texts with their peers, students will be more engaged in reading and they will be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking.

    Preston - Renee Nelson

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  • Building The Bridges of Biliteracy: Spanish Reading in a Dual Language Classroom

    Biliteracy opens the doors for education, career and cultural paths. Students in the dual language classroom will become more fluent in their home language and with these additional resources, will have opportunities to read authentic literature in Spanish.

    Boyd - Laura Soto

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  • Creating a Community of Readers

    Leveled readers will provide Preston Elementary students the opportunity to grow in ability and confidence while reading to learn. By meeting each student where they are, teachers will be able to help guide them through the reading process and teach them appropriate strategies to use along the way.

    Preston - Christyn Carriere

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  • Exploring News We Can Use

    Time for Kids magazines will improve nonfiction reading comprehension by providing weekly on-level articles that are current, engaging, and visually stimulating. Student excitement and engagement towards reading should improved as well as student vocabulary, global awareness, and informational writing skills.

    Green - Christine Love

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  • Exploring the World Through Nonfiction Texts

    First graders love nonfiction books and learning about new things, so having a wide range of new nonfiction books they can read and comprehend will only increase their curiosity about the world around them. All students will benefit from using these books during independent reading and writing time throughout the year.

    Olson - Courtney Tinch

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  • Eyes on Nonfiction

    "Eyes on Nonfiction" will provide new nonfiction books for Evans Elementary classroom libraries. By balancing libraries with fiction and nonfiction texts, teachers will be able to provide multiple choices to enrich students' reading and writing experiences.

    Evans - Marilyn Hamilton

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  • Fantasy Book Clubs

    The Fantasy Book Clubs consist of several groups of students who meet together to discuss engaging fantasy texts. Each student will be provided with their own copy of the book so that they are able to read at home. By discussing these texts with their peers, students will be more engaged in reading and they will be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking.

    Vaughan - Melissa Dreher

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  • Finding Your Hero's Journey: Starting in Curtis Middle School

    Curtis & Ford Middle School 7th graders begin their own Hero's Journey. Lone Star List author PJ Hoover visits Curtis & Ford to share her writing process as she takes students through her life story and encourages them to begin their own Hero's Journey.

    Curtis - Brenda Hawkins

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  • Finding Your Hero's Journey: Starting in Ford Middle School

    Finding Your Hero's Journey: Starting in Ford Middle School allows students to connect with an adult author who lives in Texas and has similar interests to a lot of middle school students, such as gaming and martial arts. She encourages them to never give up on writing and empowers the students to find their own hero's journey and to follow their dreams no matter what their age.

    Ford - Morgan Lefevre

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  • Hands-On Sentence Creation!

    Hands-On Sentence Creations gives teachers the opportunity to model the structures of the English language in a multi-sensory format. Dysgraphic students are able to create increasingly complex thoughts and sentences using a sentence frame, eventually transitioning into writing them down. They will collaborate with other students throughout the district to create projects and learn from each other.

    District - Kara Janasak

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  • In the Know!

    Students will utilize Scholastic News to make connections to the real world through the understanding of current events. These magazines afford students the access to online features that help students to read at their level and even provide opportunities for review, connecting to other subjects, and reading aloud.

    Vaughan - Melissa Dreher

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  • Interactive Intervention

    Interactive Intervention peaks student interest with highly engaging, nonfiction texts and activities that allow students more movement and excitement.

    Story - Christie Barrick

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  • Learning Through Non-fiction Books

    With the funds from this grant, each Olson kindergarten teacher would receive 35 non-fiction books that includes 5 books from 7 different reading levels. Kindergarten students will have access to these readers for both classroom use and at home reading. As the students grow as readers and advance in their reading level they will be able to enjoy new topics.

    Olson - Sam Shuttleworth

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  • Leveled Library Book Kits

    The Leveled Library book grant will promote a love of reading through independent reading and small group instruction giving all students a chance to feel successful. Teachers will use leveled library books to help students engage in the reading process as well as giving them strategies to use while reading independently.

    Preston - Andrea Jackson

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  • Lunch Bunch Book Clubs

    Students will participate in lunch bunch book club to discuss engaging books. This will provide students an opportunity and encouragement to read in their free time for fun which will increase their fluency, stamina and reading engagement. Students will also be motivated to read so they can discuss the book with their peers.

    Lindsey - Heather Janek

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  • Moving While Learning

    The goal of this grant is to provide stability balls to the sixth grade classrooms and share the resource with P.E. classes. Stability balls give students an alternative choice of seating while working in the classroom. While students are in class, they will be more engaged in their learning by being able to move while working, and it helps build students physical fitness by strengthening their core muscles, increasing blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body.

    Lindsey - Jennifer Smith

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  • News We Can Use!

    Time for Kids provides nonfiction articles and news that is developmentally appropriate for second grade. The articles are authentic and rigorous and connect classroom learning to the world. Teachers will use the booklets in the classroom for whole group reading lessons, guided reading groups, social studies and science lessons.

    Preston - Amy McCullough

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  • Nonfiction Reading Fun

    Kids will grow in their comprehension of non-fiction text as they learn about a wide range of real-world concepts and current news from Scholastic News magazines. They'll go beyond the classroom as they discover fascinating events around the world while also navigating how to master key reading concepts.

    Cheatham - Jessica Fandrick

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  • Picture Books Close the Gap

    Picture books and graphic novels can be a powerful teaching tool for all ages! These books will be used weekly in sixth grade classrooms to help build comprehension and writing skills, such as using figurative language, finding themes in literature and developing inferencing skills.

    Anderson - Jennifer Valliere

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  • Putting It in the Hands of Students

    Getting students to step out of the story and into nonfiction reading is very important. High-interest nonfiction books will be located in Olson classrooms and will be used by students and teachers. These books will be used in conjunction with a new reading curriculum to help bridge the nonfiction comprehension gaps that some students may have due to limited access of high-interest nonfiction texts. 

    Olson - Maloree Tennison

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  • Renewing Readers - Literacy Library Update

    Renewing Readers - Literacy Library Update will provide new books for Anderson's guided reading library. Teachers will be able to choose books that are on current topics and of high-interest to students. Students will be more engaged in reading, thus improving their reading comprehension, reading fluency, advancing their reading level and improving test scores.

    Anderson - Lisa Hayden

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