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Ms. Phillips from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Back To School: Literacy Essentials!!

My students need books (such as "Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats) and hands-on materials that will help them with a variety of comprehension skills.

  • $498 goal

This project expired on December 7, 2010.

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My Students

Do you remember how bored you were when your teacher shoved a dusty, bland, gray book in front of you and demanded that you read? My scholars need books that are known for engaging students, and hands-on materials to help them comprehend text.

My scholars are all African American boys.

Their guardians have chosen for them to attend a charter school for boys that caters to their gender specific needs. Although they are from a low socioeconomic community they are surrounded by the love and care of families that selected our school for them, and a staff that works extended hours beyond other local public schools. The staff specializes in boy’s education. We understand that boys learn with engaging materials and hands-on projects. They usually can't be told the lesson. They have to be interested in what they are learning and physically feel the lesson in order to understand it.

My Project

The books on the supply list are proven to be some of the best tools for capturing the attention of young minds. Walking in the Jungle will help the scholars with rhyming skills and The Mitten is good for developing sequencing skills. My Parents Think I am Sleeping works well with choral reading and will therefore assist struggling readers. After reading students will use felt to make quilts that depict the characters in the story. In addition they might act out the plot of the story with farm animals or puppets. This will help with their comprehension skills.

Without the proper tools my scholars simply will not learn.

Research shows that most boys are hands-on learners. They become victims in a school system that can’t afford the interesting materials and hands-on projects they need to learn. Our school was founded to combat the cycle of victimization suffered by African American boys in the city we service. In order to stay true to our mission, however, we need the proper tools.

Ms. Phillips
Grades PreK-2
  • Septima Clark Public Charter School
  • Washington, DC
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Walking Through the Jungle Stella Blackstone, Debbie Harter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? Martin Waddell, Barbara Firth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Mitten Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
My Parents Think I'm Sleeping Jack Prelutsky, Yossi Abolafia (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat Donald Hall, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
How I Spent My Summer Vacation Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
How I Became a Pirate Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Hey, Al Arthur Yorinks, Richard Egielski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Abuela Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
LA920X - Storytelling Puppets - Set 1 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
RR360X - Storytelling Puppets - Set 2 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
RR402 - Classic Farm Animal Collection • Lakeshore Learning $34.95 1 $34.95
BJ7481 - D’Nealian Ruled Chart Tablet • Lakeshore Learning $13.95 2 $27.90
LC564 - Felt • Lakeshore Learning $12.95 1 $12.95
HH542 - Peel & Stick Felt Shapes • Lakeshore Learning $16.95 1 $16.95
RE200X - Ezra Jack Keats CD Read-Alongs - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $159.00 1 $159.00

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