• "A Novel Idea" Book Club

    Throughout the school year, 6th grade students will be participating in book clubs, where they will select a book based on their interest and grouped accordingly. Students will lead and run their club, and will work collaboratively with their peers to discuss books, strengthen reading skills, and deepen their understanding of the text.

    Boyd - Rebecca Cothron

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  • "Series"ous About Reading

    New series books will foster a level of engagement with students as they can self-select the books they're most interested in and participate in book talks, class discussions, and writing to further engage in the reading process.

    Preston - Tracy Turner, Heather Haley, Christy Wright, Robyn Herbert, Kelli Maurer, (Lindsey) Lori Kearney, Ashley Bechtold, Rebecca White, Elizabeth Shaw, Megan McCain, Akiya Garrity

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  • A Novel Idea: Using Graphic Novels to Support Readers in Middle School

    Graphic novels grow readers in secondary classrooms by providing illustrations and graphics that help increase comprehension, especially for reluctant readers. This allows readers to engage in texts and show success in their learning; therefore, increasing self-confidence and enthusiasm for reading and writing.

    Ereckson - Laura Crawford, Hallie Winters, Ann Reynolds, Sarah Bell, Joseph Drake, Stacey Schuble

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  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    Preston 6th graders will meet in groups to discuss engaging, student-selected graphic novels. 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 graphic novels. 

    Preston - Renee Nelson

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    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 Kay Hawkins

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  • Bean Bag Refills

    The purpose of this grant is to purchase refill bags and bring bean bag seats back to life. Students enjoy the flexibility, taking turns to sit on the bean bags and accomplish daily learning goals such as reading, and they have become a "must-have" for a welcoming classroom environment

    Bolin - Roya Azimi

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  • Biography Section Refresh

    A refresh to the Vaughan Library biography collection will provide students much needed access to a diverse collection of stories about people with whom they may be familiar as well as books about important leaders, thinkers, artists, innovators, and others who have made significant contributions.

    Vaughan - Alison Smithwick

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  • Blackhawk Vocabulary Building!

    Boyd Elementary students are learning new vocabulary and building their own academic word banks while engaging in fun music that appeals to their interests. Flocabulary engages students through informative music videos, learning games, interactive quizzes, vocabulary and writing activities. 

    Boyd - Rebecca Cothron, Melinda McClelland, Latrice Sherrell, Lizabeth Solcher, Lizette Larios

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  • Book Club series

    During the book series club unit, 2nd grade readers will be placed in groups by reading level and reading interests. They will be taught reading club behaviors and be meeting daily to discuss what they are reading and learning in their new books.

    Norton - Shelley Murphy, Charlene Kemme

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  • Building a Culturally Diverse Reading Life

    A novel study based on the award winning book, Rickshaw Girl, will spark a passion for reading and learning, while meeting the needs of Kerr's diverse population.

    Kerr - Allison Malcolm

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  • Building Literacy Skills Using Graphic Novels

    Through graphic novel book clubs, reluctant or struggling readers in grades 4-6, will gain confidence and improve literacy skills. In addition to building reading comprehension, the selected titles celebrate diversity and promote positive messages.

    Cheatham - Megan Gibbon, Amy Gamble

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  • Crack The Code

    Breakout EDU boxes will help with collaboration, problem solving skills, and to build and explore social and emotional skills. They also provide additional engaging ways for students to get hands on experience with all content such as STEAM topics, solving complex problems, and working collaboratively.

    Admin - Melissa Kelly

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  • Decoding in First

    In an effort to close literacy gaps at an early age these resources will provide focused reading intervention opportunities for tier 3 students. These resources will support reading practices such as segmenting and blending words, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and basic comprehension skills. These literacy skills help to build a foundation for life-long learning.

    Reed - Angela Kelamis, Ganges Karundethu

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  • Diving into Reading with Literature Circles

    This grant will provide a variety of engaging novel sets for our sixth grade students. Students will choose novels that are of interest to them, and will be put into Literature Circle groups based on the novels they have chosen. While reading the novels they will also participate in book discussions with peers and teacher.

    Lindsey - Jennifer Smith, Patricia Johnson

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  • Energizing Read Aloud Conversations

    Fostering a strong sense of community is brought to life when teachers provide students with engaging read alouds in elementary. Students are able to spark collaborative conversations with their peers that deepen their comprehension skills when using quality picture books during a read aloud.

    Anderson - Maloree Tennison

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  • Fine Motor Fun

    Students will gain increased fine motor skills through hands-on activites that reinforce math, reading and writing skills in a fun an exciting way.

    Marion - Bethany McIntyre, Jennifer Wright, Amanda Cleveland, Sydney Sheff

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  • FMS Book Club

    Reading is the best way to directly impact student performance in classes and standardized tests. One way to do this is to offer students time to read and choice in what they read via book clubs that afford students the perfect vehicle to improve their performance in the areas of reading and writing across disciplines, as well as on standardized test scores.

    Ford - Sheila Bracken

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  • For The Love of Reading

    For The Love of Reading grant promotes the love and enjoyment of reading while connecting the Lindsey Library to home. This grant builds excitement for reading and writing in kindergarten.

    Lindsey - Heather Janek

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  • From Nonfiction to Poetry and Memoir -- an extension of ALLen Reads!

    As part of the ALLen Reads Community Reading Project, author Kathi Appelt will visit all three middle schools in Allen. Her nonfiction book, Down Cut Shin Creek: The Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, is the book selection for grades 5th through 8th for ALLen Reads. Award-winning author, poet, and teacher, Kathi Appelt will share her path to writing.

    Curtis - Brenda Kay Hawkins, Morgan LeFevre (Ford MS), Laura Mason (Ereckson MS)

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  • Future Falcon Storytime

    Future Falcons Storytime is a monthly program for incoming Story kindergarteners. Children will participate in a read aloud, games, songs, and hands-on activities. Parents and Caregivers will also be given a take home kit to support their child’s learning at home.

    Story - Kimberly Richardson

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  • Hot Dots and Accessories

    Kindergarteners will engage with Hot Dots learning resources to conquer English Language pre-reading and pre-writing skills such as beginning sounds, vowel sounds and interpreting words.

    Boyd - Patricia Dobson

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  • Large and in Charge

    Large print books can help students with a whole array of difficulties feel more comfortable reading, as they are often less daunting or overwhelming. This collection of books will include over 40 large print novels that cover various reading levels for all students.

    Evans - Jessie Rohlmeier

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  • Leaders are Readers!

    The "Leaders are Readers!" library books will focus specifically on the Be the ONE character trait of the month. Each month our AHS PALs will prepare lessons that utilize a book with a specific character trait and other age appropriate activities, skits and games that further support the social emotional learning of K-6th grade students.

    AHS - Jennifer Clements, Corey Wallace, John Olchak, JD Walker

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  • Let's Talk About It! Oral Language Kits

    Let's Talk About It! provides a sequential, structured approach for oral language development. Small-group instruction uses engaging photos and text cards to support language development.

    Green - Kendel Srader

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  • Lone Star News Crew Preparing to Soar

    The Lone Star News Crew produces and delivers important school news to the students and staff daily with the assistance of our administrators. They model leadership, celebrations and teamwork as they help get the school day started.

    Lindsey - Heather Janek, Jenn Smith

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