This is the 3rd year the MLEF has funded the Saxon Phonics, an incremental approach to phonics instruction, reading, spelling, and writing. Saxon phonics is a complete research based curriculum with solid methodology that is known for quality of instruction, supporting materials and ease of use. Saxon Phonics prepares children to be successful, independent readers and spellers. Supported by research on effective reading instruction, Saxon Phonic's programs are appropriate for all children, including those with learning difficulties.
Handwriting Without Tears
This is the 3rd year the MLEF has funded the use of Handwriting Without Tears which is as popular with the students as it is the teachers. HWT provides developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory handwriting instruction for K–5 students with innovative, easy to use and tear-proof materials and strategies.
Write Score (Grades 3-5)
Write Score has helped us take a big jump in improving our writing in grades 3-5. Teachers are given fun, engaging, colorful lesson plans that they can use to help students understand, analyze, and practice the writing process. Students are given the chance to take practice assessments before on a computer, and receive detailed feedback in less than two weeks. The teachers can easily see individual student’s writing and feedback as well as identify areas of strength and weakness for his/her own class.
TenMarks Subscription for Grades 3-5.
Our teachers love this rigorous online practice tool for kids who need to hone certain skills.
Scholastic Reading Assessment Kits
These kits allow teachers in every grade to assess students individually and dig much deeper than a STAR report can to show exactly where the learning gaps are for struggling students. This precise information can then be used to structure lesson plans, classwork and tutorial sessions to efficiently advance a student's learning in the needed area.
Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative Annual Site License
With this site-license, teachers have access to hundreds of MARS Performance Tasks, videos and resources outlining how to build classroom climates for mathematical learning, formative re-engagement lessons, problems of the month, and primary performance assessments.
Sets of Recommended Novels for 4th and 5th Grade "Literacy Circles"
Small group literature circles are used to engage students in a deeper love of reading as they are asked not just to read and retell a book but discuss, analyze, write and apply the Common Core standards toward a book with their peers. With the proper texts, these discussions should foster a deeper understanding of characters and their challenges and of each other as kids may interpret these in different ways. A variety of books were purchased to accommodate students at various reading levels and serve as the basis for successful reading workshops in each ELA classroom.
Social and Emotional Learning Texts
School counselor Ms. Bailey asked for these texts to use as a resource in her social and emotional learning sessions with the students. Learning about a character's struggle through fictional texts is a wonderful way to teach kids lessons about sensitive and hard to talk about topics.
Kindergarten Writer's Workshop Mentor Texts
Mentor texts are used to introduce, provide examples and expand student's knowledge of each writing genre that is taught. The mentor texts model characteristics and attributes of successful writing that students aim to understand by the end of the year.
Flocabulary is an online resource that supports instruction in language arts (tier 2 vocabulary/grammar), but the program also has tools to support math, science, social studies, life skills (financial literacy and social/emotional learning), and current events.
Phonemic Awareness Curriculum
The fifteen teachers who attended Orton-Gillingham Training last summer learned about the importance of developing phonemic awareness and phonological awareness skills so students can sound out unknown words as they take on more advanced texts. These books will supplement Saxon Phonics curriculum as an effective tool for teaching phonemic awareness.
Ceramics Program Materials
As part of the MLEF's committment to making sure our financial resources are spread across the curriculum, we were thrilled to grant Ms. Sullivan the materials to start a ceramics program. The students will benefit greatly from learning this multi-sensory art form.
Reading A to Z (Raz-Plus)
Fortunately the Foundation is able to cover the cost of this popular resource for the 2019-20 school year since the district will no longer fund it. Raz-Plus is a comprehensive blended learning platform that includes the curricular support teachers need and the personalized resources necessary to improve students' reading skills. With more than 50,000 resources that include more than 3,000 leveled books and readers available in multiple formats, Raz-Plus makes it easier than ever before to strengthen the connection between what is being taught and what students are practicing.
The MLEF will pay for this subscription for the 2019-20 school year since the district will no longer fund it. BrainPOP is a digital learning platform that provides teachers with engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities. They are designed with relevance, depth, and humor to encourage kids on their unique learning paths.