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Ms. Somerville from Fayetteville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Autistic Children and Music

Help me give my students living with autism the same opportunities as others.

  • $378 goal

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My Students

I am required to teach at two different school. My primary school is on Monday, half-day Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. At my secondary school I teach all day on Tuesday and half a day on Wednesdays. At my secondary school I have one class of autistic children only ranging from grades second to fifth. Both schools are Title I schools. Many of our children come from low-income families and all children at my school receive breakfast and lunch at no cost. My school is based in North Carolina close to the second-largest military base. serving many children associated with active military families.

As a music teacher, I want to allow my students access and opportunity to actively engage in the required music curriculum.

Our autistic children have great difficulty learning and understanding the core curriculum by the common lesson plans created and expected to be taught through the North Carolina system. I have been pulling my own funds to supply ways to create instruments for better understanding as well as buying visual stories that are incorporated with music. I am in need of more resources that include visual and audio music books as well as materials for hands-on activities.

My Project

Autistic children learn differently. Visuals and hands-on learning are more beneficial when teaching music and literacy. Literacy is very important in maintaining its involvement throughout the music. We use word walls and focus walls in our classroom, however, children with autism should be allowed different approaches. The children I teach enjoy singing along with different songs as well as singing along with books that provide songs throughout the story. For example the storybooks "Pete the Cat" have been an eye-catcher for these children. I am asking to expand my collection of audio-visual music books for them. With these books, all children will be allowed the same opportunities to learn and understand music and literacy integration.

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

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
When the Beat Was Born • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Tubby the Tuba • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Ada's Violin • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Playing from the Heart • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
There's a Monster in Your Book • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Violet's Music • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The First Rule of Punk • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Knick Knack Paddy Whack • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Music Is . . . • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Barn Dance! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Country Music Hoedown! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
World History Biographies: Mozart • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
If I Only Had a Horn • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Musical Instruments from a to Z • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Zuze and the Star • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Babymouse #4 • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Babymouse #10: The Musical • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Look & Learn: Let's Make Music • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Is Elton John? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Monster Musical Chairs • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
DK Workbooks: Raspberry Pi Projects Workbook • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Nate the Great and the Musical Note • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Were the Beatles? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Down by the Bay • AKJ Education $3.00 1 $3.00

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