Early Elementary Andrea Eash: Math Within Reach Second grade students will use a variety of math games and hands on activities to reinforce prior learning and see real world application of their second grade math concepts. Andrea Eash: Inspiring Awesome Authors A variety of books will be used to enhance the Writing Workshop program, which helps students learn the craft of writing. Jason DeLille: New Integrated Arts Music Teacher Kindergartners in Mr. DeLille’s Integrated Arts class will enjoy learning music accompanied by the guitar. Julie VanderEnde: Individualized Instruction This award will allow Ms. VanderEnde to utilize the tried and true lesson plans and ideas of experienced teachers from all around the country. Corilee Kessler: STEAM BINS for Students! Three classrooms in 2nd grade will use STEAM materials with task and challenge cards in engaging activities that combine problem solving with imagination and creativity. Corilee Kessler: Math Facts Fluency Fun Second graders will use these math games to develop fluency in addition and subtraction facts. Additionally, for students already fluent in addition and subtraction facts, a multiplication facts game will also be available. Lauren Carpp: Kindergarten Daily Five Games that can be used to expand students’ phonemic awareness skills. Lauren Carpp: Kindergarten Math Magnetic Ten Frames that help kindergartners solve addition and subtraction story problems by using a visual tool. Lauren Carpp: Kindergarten STEAM Centers Students will use the Wikki Stix to build structures and be creative, completing challenges. They will plan, problem solve, and build on their own or in small groups. Nicole Spaulding: Math/STEAM Work Stations A variety of materials that students will use to explore and expand their thinking and learning in the area of math. Missy Miller: Kindergarten STEAM throughout the year Kindergartners will use a variety of items in STEAM related activities that will strengthen their understanding of math, science, and engineering concepts. Carey Fouts and Nancy Murphy: STEAM projects in Kindergarten A combination of manipulatives and STEAM kits will be used to foster creative thinking skills, problem solving sills, teamwork, cooperation, and perseverance. Linda Larkin: Full STEAM Ahead for Classroom Innovation Stations Students in first grade will learn to think like engineers using a variety of building materials. They will problem solve, test ideas, and learn that FAIL is just their First Attempt At Learning. Tara Fletcher: Early Elementary Music Class iPods Students in the Early Elementary General Music Class will be able to take more ownership in their learning as they will be able to listen to music in small groups, as well as create music using apps like Garage Band. Miranda Frisbie: Math, STEAM, and Writing, Oh My! Kindergartners will be able to use a variety of tools and items to enhance their math, STEAM, and writing learning. Shannon Goschke: S’cool Moves S’cool Moves addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of learning, using strategies from occupational, physical, and developmental optometry therapies to improve academic performance. Meghann Gullo: Making Connections to Inspire Young Authors! Second graders will be able to connect with a guest speakers and students from around the world, using a classroom Web Cam. Also, they will plan to Skype with Sarah Pennypacker, author of the popular Clementine series of books. Nick Travis: Upgrading the Little Wildcat News Upgrades like a larger green screen and better lighting will enhance this program that is a staple in the daily routine of the Early Elementary. Nick Travis: EES Makerspace Upgrades An addition of a Strawbees die cut machine and material that can be used to make an inexpensive, sustainable building material that can be used by students in exploratory play as well as challenge based learning scenarios. Later Elementary Jenn Omo: Build a Story Third graders in Mrs. Omo’s class will create a scene with Legos and use it as a writing prompt, showing them that knowledge is not something they absorb, but something they create. Stephanie Comrie: Think Tank Problem Solving Students will use the activity cards individually or in small groups to challenge themselves in math and problem solving, allowing them to practice skills learned and allowing for challenges for students who are excelling in math. Stephanie Comrie: Web Cam Mrs. Comrie’s students will be able to take virtual field trips and visit with students around the world, traveling to places virtually that they normally wouldn’t be able to access. Matt Karsten: Strawbees for the Later Elementary This grant will be used to purchase enough plastic to be used with the Strawbees Die Cut Machine the Later El already owns to create a classroom set for each teacher of these plastic connectors that can be used in a variety of STEAM activities by all students. Matt Karsten: Make Do Kits for the Later El! To be used by all students in the Later Elementary, 8 classroom kits will be assembled with Maker Do items to be checked out by teachers, providing the materials for students to use math, engineering, and imaginative skills to create projects. Cheryl VanEngen: WebCam for Global Connection Projects Students in Mrs. VanEngen’s class will be able to connect easily and frequently with schools, organizations, businesses, and locations across the globe, enabling them to make the connections that make learners out of students. Cheryl VanEngen: Sit Spot Fabrics: Waterproof Fabric for Outdoor Observation Essentially a waterproof picnic blanket for one, “sit spots” will be utilized by students when observing nature outside. Toni Brown: Lego Creative Students in Mrs. Brown’s third grade class will use Legos during math, language arts, and STEAM lessons, learning to think in three dimensions, developing problem solving skills, and enhancing communication and critical thinking. Rebekah Hoffman: Organizers to Enhance Reading and Writing Skills Students will use this reusable graphic flip chart organizer to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate the books they read and their own written work. Kathy Sills: Connecting Mattawan Kids to the World Mrs. Sills’ fourth grade class will utilize a web cam to take virtual field trips and visit with classrooms around the world, enhancing their learning environment from their classroom in Mattawan. Patricia O’Strander: Mosaic STEAM Math-based manipulatives can be used to create mosaics that include geometric shapes. Students will work individually or in pairs, providing opportunities for creativity and problem solving. Marsha Postma: Sing and Play the Music All of Ms. Postma’s music students will enjoy the possibility of some new additions to the classroom musical instruments, as well as some much needed maintenance on some old favorites. Middle School Brian Newman and Kim Largen: Science Supplies for Success! Eight grade science students will be able to participate in small group activities with the addition of chemistry tools and chemicals, as well as some hands on physics items. Phu Trieu: Interactive Student Engagement Using the Peardeck technology, students in Mr. Trieu’s social studies class will be instantly able to share their thoughts and reactions during presentations, giving all students a voice in class and allowing the teacher to see in real time what the students understand. Susie Schierbeek: iPods for Listening to Audio Books and Recordings This grant will provide iPods to be shared with students who have the accommodation of listening to audio books and audio textbooks but do not have a listening device of their own for use during the school day. Articles or short stories not available in audio format can also be recorded by the teacher. Kim Helgeson: Buddy Books High interest books in appropriate reading levels will be used by Ms. Helgeson’s students as a continuation of the “Books with Buddy” program. These books, along with Buddy the dog, help reluctant readers feel more confident in their abilities. John Ablao and Karin Fender: Salmon in the Classroom Supplies will be used in the 6th grade science classrooms to raise salmon in the classroom through a program from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Once raised, the salmon will be released into the Paw Paw River in the spring. Anne Weston and Laurie Hogan-McLean: Hometown Heroes Documentary Projects Using tripods and lapel microphones purchased with this grant, 8th grade Language Arts students will interview a Mattawan (or Southwest Michigan) resident whom they believe is an everyday hero. Students will create a short documentary, and after the videos are seen, the students will vote to select “Mattawan Middle School Hometown Hero Award” recipients. Eric Hayner: Bee Inspired Beekeeping Club Supplies will be purchased with this grant to provide Mr. Hayner’s students the things they need to start a Beekeeping Club. Students will care for the bees and the hive, under direct adult supervision. Once the colonies become established, sales from the honey and beeswax products will be managed by the Middle School’s THRIVE program, giving those students life-long skills. High School Chris Bower: Yabla online Spanish and French Immersion Program Students in French and Spanish language classes at the high school use this online program to hear their target language spoken by native speakers by listening to radio, television programs and interviews, documentaries and music, providing an immersion experience. Jamie Harvey: This is YOUR Story Teaming with a class of second graders at the Early Elementary, each of Mrs. Harvey’s ninth grade English students will write stories for a second grader. The students will follow the story from idea to draft to editing to finished product, sharing with the younger students and sharing success and pride. Katie Schram: Supplies for Science Courses Lab supplies and hands-on activities will be provided to students in Mrs. Schram’s science classes with this grant. Jennifer Bussies: Learning WWI through Graphic Novels Mrs. Bussies’ ninth grade US History students will use historical graphic novels to enhance their learning, allowing them multiple mediums in their history instruction. Steve Bradstreet: Disc Golf Fitness and Sports students will utilize disc golf discs when they are introduced to the sport on the new disc golf course constructed west of the high school. Lori Fulton: The Things They Carry Veterans Project Mrs. Fulton’s twelfth grade English students will use this grant in the culmination of a project that includes reading about the Vietnam War, interviewing veterans, visiting Fort Custer National Cemetery, and enjoying a lunch with visiting veterans. They will then document their work, and as a class create a book with the biographies of the veterans they have researched. Kelsi Hiester and Karyn Hall: Thrive Classroom A variety of household items will be purchased to be used to teach life skills in the Thrive Classroom at the high school, helping these students become as independent as possible and ready for their future upon leaving the program. Kyle Boswell: Voices of the Oppressed Classroom Library English students in Mrs. Boswell’s classes will benefit from the addition of a classroom library with books relating to oppression, prejudice, and racist rhetoric, including works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
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