Our past Annual Reports are in an easy-to-read format and are packed with stories about the success of our program.
One reason for SHARP’s success is that our lesson plans are fully integrated into the state-mandated curriculum and used throughout the school year. We do this through a core curriculum program. We design our program with the elementary teacher foremost in our mind, to make it easy to in our proven teaching tools in their classroom.
Each year, our program ends with the highly anticipated Writing Challenge! SHARP students produce stories, poems, and essays that are published as Creative Writing Books. the books are cherished by the student writers and their families. It is an opportunity for our students to pull together all they have learned – vocabulary, basic themes and ideas – and use the visual arts to produce an original composition that they will see published.
For example, this past year, second grade students were challenged to write a story, poem, or even a comic strip to illustrate what they leaned about weather, water and the environment. Fifth grade students explored the Revolutionary War and finished their year writing about the colonists’ experiences.
When funding is available, the final assignment ins carefully selected books, provided to each child (approximately 8,000) for use in school and then take home to build their own personal library and share with their families.
Studies show a direct correlation between the number of children’s books in the home and better test scores. Yet more than half of all low-income families have no books at all for their children. Having a child take home a book of their very own is a tangible, meaningful way to reinforce the lessons of reading and writing SHARP teaches. The following books are used as the core readers at the designated grade levels:
K5: Science – Plants
A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards; Sunflower House by Eve Bunting; Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy; What Do Roots Do? By Kathleen V. Kudlinski; Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington; A Dandelion’s Life by John Himmelman; Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson; A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla
First Grade: Science – Bees
A Busy Bee: The Story of Bella The Honey Bee by SHARP Literacy, Inc.*
Second Grade: Science – Great Lakes
A Great Lakes Adventure: Salmon’s Journey Home by SHARP Literacy, Inc.*
Third Grade: Social Studies – Urban Agriculture
There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City by SHARP Literacy, Inc.*
Fourth Grade: Social Studies – Wisconsin
All About Wisconsin by SHARP Literacy, Inc.* and Wisconsin Portraits by Martin Hintz
Fifth Grade : Social Studies – Building a Nation
Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner; Farmer George Plants a Nation by Peggy Thomas
* A We Love to Learn Book
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