The Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award (NSCBA) is a collaboration between teachers and librarians aimed at inspiring all third, fourth and fifth grade students to read great literature that supports and develops their individual literacy skills. Students read, discuss and enjoy at least 3 of 10 librarian-approved titles and gather to vote for their favorite. NEF funds will go toward the purchase of books.
This grant will enhance science curricula at Algonquin Regional High School by addressing the four Big Ideas of AP Biology: Evolution, Free Energy, Information and Systems through new energy investigations. The sustainable equipment to be purchased will enable modeling of cooperative teaching and learning for both instructors and student groups. NEF will fund the purchase of calorimeters and Eppendorf Pipet Pumps from Thermo Fisher along with a heated water bath from Edvotek.
Culturally conscious biographies expose students to the struggles, triumphs, and distinct experiences of diverse cultural icons. The use of these biographies in guided reading groups strengthens students’ intercultural awareness, teaches multiple historical perspectives, and encourages critical thinking. This project will enable students to learn about historical representations of a wide range of cultures, gain an understanding of biography as a genre, and build their knowledge of the common characteristics shared by famous historical figures. NEF will be funding the purchase of 56 books.
The TI-84 graphing calculator is a technology tool that delivers to the student another facet in the understanding of mathematical concepts. For students to ‘model with mathematics,’ they need to be proficient in all types of problem solving, not just paper and pencil. With an additional classroom set of TI-84 graphing calculators, students can explore math concepts and get a visual representation, not just an equation.
The grant will be used to purchase 10 Chromebooks and a Chromebook cart, which will be housed in the Zeh School library and dedicated to students in all grade levels working on collaboratively taught group projects to teach students digital literacy skills. The projects will teach students not only how to use technology but more importantly how to understand and determine accurate information and how to successfully communicate their knowledge to others.
STEAM learning comes to Peaslee School via Mobile Makerspaces. Students will be able to tinker, build, create, design, invent, solve problems and learn in a self-guided environment using a combination of high-tech and low-tech tools. Funded items include Bee-Bots, Lego WeDo, Little Bits and Osmos.
Granted: Funding to purchase three iPads
Summary Description: Students at Melican Middle School will use iPads and augmented reality technology to create multimedia projects. The project files are embedded in a “trigger image” that allows the multimedia project to be viewed when the image is scanned with a mobile device. Using augmented reality technology provides an innovative and enhanced means for publishing and sharing student work and school news with the whole school community.
Granted: Funding to purchase three iPads plus protection plans.
Summary Description: By increasing the number of iPads available to Proctor School students, staff members will have flexibility in using them for whole class, small group, or individual lessons across all curriculum areas. iPads facilitate the use of Project Based learning activities where students work collaboratively to tackle complex problems that may have multiple solutions. Teachers will access all or part of the lab to facilitate the development of the 21st century skills which need to be addressed in the Common Core State Standards.
Granted: Four sets of 49 different picture books and mentor texts
Summary Description: Core reading of complex picture books is an ideal way to hone in on the Anchor Standards for reading outlined in the Massachusetts Framework for English Language Arts. The standards cover key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. By using complex picture books, teachers can dive deeper and examine theme, main idea, summary, evidence, text elements, vocabulary, structure, point of view, diverse kinds of texts, critiquing texts, and finally text-to-text connections. This project provides classroom teachers at Peaslee, Lincoln, Proctor and Zeh Schools in grades 3-5 with picture books to help teach these standards.
Granted: Funding for new books for a town wide reading contest.
Summary Description: The Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award (NSCBA) Program is a cooperative venture among the school and public libraries in Northborough and Southborough. The program is for children in grades 3-5. In late November, the librarians vote on a list of 10 books to include as nominees for this award. Children have from mid-February until mid-May to read at least 3 (hopefully more) of the books. Then the children vote for their favorite. The book with the most votes is announced the NSCBA winner, and the author is notified via letter.