A campus goal at Caldwell Heights Elementary is to increase the amount of time students are engaged in independent reading of fiction books of their choice. Our dated school library fiction collection (average copyright date of 2002) makes it challenging for students to find books they want to read. District funds only allow schools to purchase around 60 new fiction books a year. Research by Dr. Stephen Krashen says that free, independent reading is critical to literacy development. This project would focus on providing new, engaging books for the library in areas of student interest and promoting books to students with the goal of increasing independent student reading in the classroom and at home. Students in grades 3-5 will complete a reading survey in August. Then 200 fiction titles selected based on student interest will be ordered for the library and catalogued so they are available for years to come. The librarian will promote titles through books talks and displays for students to browse while selecting books. Teachers will provide time for independent reading. Students will complete a survey at the end of the school year to measure their growth as independent readers.
300 students will be affected by this grant funding.
We anticipate that 80% will reach our intended goal.