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Ms. Konarski from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Bigger, Better Listening Center

My students need 16 paperback books, 14 single story read-along sets, and two multiple book read-along sets.

  • $1,296 goal

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I'm a second grade Special Education teacher in New York. My school is a Title I school, and approximately 84% of its students receive free lunch. Every day, my students borrow books from the classroom library to read independently. As often as possible, I sit with each student during independent reading to listen to them read aloud to help build their fluency and confidence as readers. With 25 students in my classroom, I am not able to sit with each student during a period of independent reading. I'd like to enhance the independent reading period by having a wider variety of books on CD available. By using the small assortment of iPods available, my students select a book from the listening center and listen to the narration of the text as they read the story. As students listen and follow along with each recording, they will build literacy skills and confidence! We currently have 16 books on CD in our listening center. I'd like to add an additional copy of each of these books to the listening library so more than one student can follow along with the text at a time. I'd also like to expand our listening center with the addition of 14 single story read-along sets and two multiple book read-along sets. Each set comes with four copies of each book and a CD recording of the text. These new books will nearly triple the size of our listening center and provide my students with a wide variety of interesting and engaging literature. As a Special Education teacher, I strive to incorporate literature and reading activities into my classroom as often as possible. An assortment of books on CD and additional copies of our preexisting books would be a wonderful way to make this goal possible for my students, particularly those who are struggling with reading. By helping to place CD read-along kits and books into the hands of my students, their reading fluency will increase and a lifelong love of reading will be fostered.

Ms. Konarski
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RE679 - The Carrot Seed CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE676 - I Went Walking CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE305X - Classroom Classics CD Read-Alongs - Set 3 • Lakeshore Learning $159.00 1 $159.00
RE542 - Goodnight Moon CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
Sheila Rae, the Brave Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Eileen Christelow, Eileen Christelow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut Denys Cazet, Denys Cazet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Relatives Came Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
CB783 - Listen, Read & Rhyme with Dr. Seuss • Lakeshore Learning $39.00 1 $39.00
RE193 - Quick as a Cricket CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE678 - Jump, Frog, Jump! CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE543 - It Looked Like Spilt Milk CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE544 - Three Billy Goats Gruff CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE253 - Three Little Kittens CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $36.50 1 $36.50
RE252 - The Little Red Hen CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $36.50 1 $36.50
RE254 - The Three Bears CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE700X - Favorite Characters CD Read-Alongs • Lakeshore Learning $149.00 1 $149.00
RE758 - Tacky the Penguin CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE757 - George and Martha CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE756 - The Stray Dog CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
The Gingerbread Boy Paul Galdone, Paul Galdone (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Louanne Pig in the Perfect Family (Nancy's Neighborhood Series) Nancy Carlson, Nancy Carlson (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Stone Soup Marcia Brown, Marcia Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Snow Walker Margaret K. Wetterer, Mary O'Keefe Young (Illustrator), Charles Wetterer • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (On My Own History Series) Margaret K. Wetterer, Karen Ritz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Rotten Ralph Helps Out Jack Gantos, Nicole Rubel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Case of the Missing Monkey (High-Rise Private Eyes Series #1) Cynthia Rylant, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble (Henry and Mudge Series #2) Cynthia Rylant, Sucie Stevenson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea (Henry and Mudge Series #6) Cynthia Rylant, Sucie Stevenson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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