I'm was new to my school district this past year so I didn't know what to expect when I decided to give it a shot and apply for the grant through our local education foundation. I spent the weekend writing up a grant application that I thought was perfect and a sure winner! I wanted around for quite some time before the winners were announced. In fact, I had forgotten that the winners would be announced soon at all when they showed up at my classroom to snap this picture of me with my grant award!
I wrote a grant for a class subscription to newsELA. Have you used newsELA before? If you teach 3rd grade or above, I would recommend checking it out. My class tested it out this year on a 30 day free trial and they loved it. What's even better is that I loved it too!
The site allows students to practice reading current, appropriately leveled texts on news topics that are interesting to them. They then take quizzes and write in response to their reading on the site. It's great practice for state assessments and it engages them in current events around the world. The students loved being able to track their quiz scores and progress and I loved having all of the data available regarding their progress and challenges.
I can't wait to use newELA next year for the ENTIRE year.