More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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The Ring of Knowledge
My students need 100 Loose-Leaf Rings for our 3x5 cards, 125 pounds of air dry clay to recreate ancient art, and 4 Pint Squeeze Bottles of varnish.
It takes a village! Providing for our students today definitely needs team work. I teach 6th grade at a Title 1 school. Our population consists of mid to low income, single parent, extended and foster families. We are also seeing a great number of transient families as well. We have a great number of ELL's as well as a thriving free lunch program. Our district often goes the extra measure to make sure our students are provided the same opportunities as other schools. But let's do a reality check: because of the budget cuts, there will be casualties in school programs; because of the NCLB agenda, emphasis will be placed on certain subjects while others will be deemed as incidentals.
We have departmentalized our 5th and 6th grades, and I have the privilege of teaching social studies and science. I have been integrating all the other subjects when we do SS/SC, most especially the arts. We study ancient history, and this already lends itself to many art experiences. One of the resources we are asking for is clay. We talk about early man's ingenuity, and this medium is perfect for creating their own pinch pots or coil pots, designing early houses, miniaturized version of weapons, transportation and the list can just go on.
The other item we are requesting are the 3" metal rings. This is for our "Ring of Knowledge". I must say I cannot take credit for this idea. I "borrowed" it from an RN lady I sat with on a plane going to Indiana this summer. Along with this ring will be 3x5 index cards with a hole punch on one of its corner. The cards will contain vocabulary words from our chapters plus other academic words that we will encounter this year. Students will also draw out mini-thinking maps on these cards as a review for each chapter. It is a handy and practical tool of learning!
It is all about empowerment; that not all learning will be from textbooks. You will make it possible for my students to have the avenue to express their creativity and have resources that they produced themselves. Thank you for giving this request your consideration.
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