Bush Elementary School fourth graders and Lincoln Elementary School third graders received a special gift from the Greater Jamestown A.M. Rotary – books! At Bush School, Rotary donated 60 copies of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingles Wilder to complement their studies of early America in ELA. Lincoln Elementary School received All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and How Big Is Your Water Footprint by Paul Mason to supplement their ELA studies of the role of fresh water in the world. The students will be able to keep their copy of the book to take home. The grant also includes a party at the conclusion of the reading where Rotary members visit the classroom.
“This grant was a great way to supplement the common core modules and fourth graders rarely receive an opportunity to read chapter books,” said Bush Elementary School teacher Amy Venzia. “This is a rich story that gets them excited and engaged in both reading and history. The fact they get to take the book home and share with their family is a bonus. They can reread the book to their siblings and talk about all the activities and new foods they got to try while reading it. This is not only teaching them to become better readers but creating memories around reading and learning.”
Bush students are reading portions of the books during guided and independent reading time. Bush students are also creating lap books that incorporate skills like sequencing, compare and contrasting, comprehension, connecting, and making inferences. Different reading levels are getting different levels of support and scaffolding. Students are also working in special activities from the book like making butter and trying venison. Lincoln students will be using the books as research to create a public service announcement to educate others about clean water for everyone and water conservation, and keeping a reader response journal with both investigative note catching and personal response.
Every year, the outgoing president of Greater Jamestown A.M Rotary is provided money for a project of their choosing focusing on literacy. Outgoing president Scott Sawyer believed they could promote literacy by providing funding to teachers in Jamestown, Southwestern, Bemus Point and Chautauqua Lake schools.
“I believe it is important to support teachers and their diminishing classroom budget and to put a little fun in student activities with a celebration,” said Mr. Sawyer. “Learning is a social act and