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Ms. Livingstone from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Soft Whispery Voice: Vocal Cord Paralysis (Books)

My students need books about sound and the respiratory system to answer their questions about my new voice disorder.

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My Students

"Oh, no! What happened to your voice, Ms. L?" Earlier this year, I took a few days off for minor surgery and unexpectedly returned to the classroom with a paralyzed voice cord and a weak, whispery voice. My students are full of questions about this change.

My urban middle school students, many English Language Learners, begin the year reading well below grade level.

Some are learning to read for the first time, after years of interrupted schooling; others are still mastering English as a new language. School can be challenging for these students, but they work hard to strengthen their reading and writing skills. Building academic vocabulary is an especially important part of helping my students prepare for high school. My students are curious about the world and enjoy researching new topics together as a class.

My Project

I am asking for a collection of easy-to-read books on sound and the respiratory system. These books will help my students understand how the voice is produced and why I can no longer speak loudly. The mechanisms of voice production are part of the respiratory system. Reading books about the respiratory system and lungs will help my students learn key academic vocabulary as they answer their questions about my voice disorder. The physics of sound are also involved in voice production; these books will provide an introduction to the production and transmission of sound waves.

My students are doing a wonderful job of adapting to the current limitations of my voice, but the change to our classroom routines has been profound.

The cooperation of my students---along with a voice amplifier!---has made the adjustment much easier for me. I would welcome the chance to reward my students by creating something a little positive out of this mishap.

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Ms. Livingstone
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
All About Sound Lisa Trumbauer, Nanci R. Vargus, David Larwa • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 4 $16.88
Amazing Sound Sally Hewitt • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 2 $13.58
Breath: the Respiratory System Gillian Houghton • AKJ BOOKS $16.15 2 $32.30
Finding My Voice: Youth with Speech Impairment Joyce Libal, Laurie Glader, Lisa Albers, Cindy Croft, Carolyn Bridgemohan • AKJ BOOKS $18.96 1 $18.96
How Do Your Lungs Work? Don L. Curry, Nanci R. Vargus, Jayne L. Waddell • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 2 $10.16
Lungs: Your Respiratory System Seymour Simon • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 2 $27.58
The Remarkable Respiratory System: How do my lungs work? John Burstein • AKJ BOOKS $7.64 2 $15.28
The Respiratory System Rebecca Olien • AKJ BOOKS $19.36 1 $19.36
Respiratory System Christine Taylor-Butler • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 2 $11.86
The Respiratory System Helen Frost, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $14.75 2 $29.50
The Respiratory System (True Book Series) Darlene R. Stille • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 4 $23.72
The Respiratory System: Why Do I Feel Out of Breath? Sue Barraclough • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 2 $13.66
Shining Julius Lester, John Clapp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.13 2 $10.26
Sound Chris Oxlade • AKJ BOOKS $22.23 1 $22.23
Sound Darlene R. Stille • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 2 $13.58
Sound Kay Manolis • AKJ BOOKS $17.05 1 $17.05
Why Do I Sneeze?: And Other Questions about Breathing Angela Royston • AKJ BOOKS $6.70 2 $13.40
Your Lungs Anne Ylvisaker • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 3 $17.79
Sound Sally M. Walker, Andy King (Photographer) • AKJ BOOKS $22.74 1 $22.74

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