Seeing the need to acquire more challenging reading materials for its higher achieving students, Butler Elementary School teachers are using a Foundation for Belmont Education grant to allow them to purchase more challenging books.
Over time, Butler teachers and reading specialists realized the current reading program was primarily focused on meeting the needs for students deemed to be “at risk for poor learning outcomes.”
It became apparent that more materials and resources were needed to meet the needs of all students in the school, including those with advanced skills.
With the help of the FBE grant, the school purchased materials with the goal of providing students who are reading at a higher level more challenging books to read.
After thoughtful consideration as well as time spent working on a Professional Learning Team, Butler teachers came up with resources for students reading at a high level, including many non-fiction options. Scholastic Science Readers focusing on the lifecycles of butterflies, frogs, ladybugs, chicks and horses, were purchased to enhance the core curriculum. Students will also be able to explore and enjoy three of the Flat Stanley Series, a humorous serial that is a favorite. In addition to being an engaging reading option, this series will enhance their imaginative writing skills.
The Butler School is grateful to the FBE for funding this initiative.