Our past Annual Reports are in an easy-to-read format and are packed with stories about the success of our program.
SHARP Literacy is thrilled to have formed new partnerships with several museums around Milwaukee this year. Since the inception of our program, all SHARP students took an annual tour at The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). The success of our partnership with MAM has propelled us to expand the tours to provide a more diverse educational experience.
SHARP has a K5 program incorporating its youngest students yet. In Milwaukee schools, we have extended our program to K5 students whose curriculum focuses around a plant-based theme. Lynden Sculpture Garden was the perfect place to take these blossoming minds on a tour consisting of two 45 minute activities; one related to the environment and the other, a hands-on art activity.
Visit: Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Museum of Wisconsin Art has graciously accepted SHARP students from both grades 1 and 4 to journey their facility. The tour consists of viewing up to a dozen works of art while integrating artifacts and All About Wisconsin vocabulary words. Docents include conversation topics, questions and flashcards that align with what the children are currently studying. Children are also able to participate in an art project directly aligned with A Busy Bee: The Story of Bella the Honey Bee.
Visit: Museum of Wisconsin Art
Read MOWA’s message on its partnership with SHARP here!
What better place for SHARP’s 2nd grade students to learn about the Great Lakes than at Milwaukee’s own Discovery World! Students get to see the world’s largest model of the Great Lakes, explore Reiman Aquarium, and even get a chance to touch a live lake sturgeon. They are taught hand motions to go with vocabulary words that are used throughout the tour and challenged with a game of “Salmon Says” at the end of the field trip. SHARP Literacy, together with MSOE and MATC, has developed a “Weather Cube,” an interactive, hands-on computer game for children to explore the importance of water and the Great Lakes. Soon the weather cube will reside at Discovery World. See a video of children playing one of the four games that will be integral to the cube.
Visit: Discovery World
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.
Visit: Growing Power
Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful uses a unique combination of community improvement programs like the Great American Cleanup and environmental education programs to accomplish its goals.
Milwaukee Art Museum tours have been a part of the SHARP curriculum since its inception in 1996 and our 5th grade students still tour there today. The K4 tour is about living things; whereas, the 5th grade curriculum focuses on storytelling in art, all while incorporating theme-related vocabulary.
Visit: Milwaukee Art Museum
As part of SHARP Literacy’s three-year strategic plan to increase the breadth and depth of its program, we have partnered with several organizations, on several initiatives, in an effort to share information and resources. Through these partnerships, SHARP Literacy’s research-based textbooks, workbooks, artifacts, We Love to Learn books and assessment tools will be used in after-school and summer programs offered by other community-based organizations.