Grant Spotlight – Miller Elementary 4th Grade Current Events in the Classroom
Current Events in the Classroom
GRANT AUTHOR, SCHOOL, IMPACT & FUNDING
Heather Barshich, Miller, 90 4th grade students, $500
Round 28 for Fall, 2015; implemented in Spring, 2016
The fourth grade teachers at Miller requested funds to purchase materials to supplement English and Language Arts curriculum through educational, nonfiction magazines. Scholastic News is a nonfiction magazine designed to enhance language arts skills through current events. These magazines engage student learning through maps and charts, photographs, and fascinating captions with close reading questions and text marking activities.
As a fourth-grade team, we use the Scholastic News as a part of our reading curriculum. Students and teachers can discuss current events, as well as practice reading strategies. Scholastic News provides online activities and additional materials, such as graphic organizers and paired texts with questions for extra reading practice. The students are excited when the new magazine arrives and enjoy the articles.
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Using “Crazy Traits” kits, purchased via a Merrillville Education Foundation grant, students developed a model for how probability influences genetic variation. They discovered how genetically diverse the population can be even with just 14 traits.
Every month, we are creating activities and projects to promote kindness, respect, empathy, and unity throughout the MIS building. We celebrate every month with the “Act of Kindness MVP” award.
Approximately 100 families attended and participated in a variety of STEM activities. The purpose of the program was to introduce our parents to the engineering process and the new Makerspace Room at MIS.