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Mrs. Maw from Meridian ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Beyond Basic Vocabulary

Help me give my students the tools to be successful at critical thinking, reading, and writing. We are working on integrating writing with STEM projects to help them see the relevance of both.

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My Students

Many of today's students are quite skilled in using technology for learning and reading. Some students in second grade are not completely ready for reading independently while others are reading above grade level, but may not be completely comprehending what they are reading.

I want to help my students to realize the power of words and how expanding their vocabulary can open up their eyes to a whole new world.

Second grade is a transition year from reading mostly simple words to reading complex text. I want to help those struggling readers to increase vocabulary, and I also want to help those advanced readers to challenge themselves with new vocabulary. When I challenge my students to play vocabulary and phonics games, they are initially very skeptical. But after giving it a try, they realize how challenging and fun it can be at any level.

My Project

These books and learning games will help all students, whether they are proficient readers or those struggling to read a whole passage, to increase their vocabulary and understanding of what they are reading. Games and puzzles are a fun way for students to challenge their vocabulary and phonics skills no matter their skill level.

Students need many different methods to increase vocabulary and comprehension of words.

Word ladders and phonics games will help develop students vocabulary and increase comprehension. STEM projects will help add a real-life experience to their writing activities. Students who are excited about what they are learning will be more engaged and remember what they are learning.

Mrs. Maw
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Megabook of Fluency • Amazon Business $31.95 1 $31.95
Phonics Through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
More Phonics Through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry • Amazon Business $28.53 1 $28.53
Think Big With Think Alouds, Grades K-5: A Three-Step Planning Process That Develops Strategic Readers (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $25.78 1 $25.78
From Striving to Thriving Writers: Strategies That Jump-Start Writing • Amazon Business $23.21 1 $23.21
Interactive Whiteboard Activities: Daily Word Ladders (Gr. K–1): 80+ Word Study Activities That Target Key Phonics Skills to Boost Young Learners’ ... Whiteboard Activities (Scholastic)) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Daily Word Ladders: Grades 1–2: 150+ Reproducible Word Study Lessons That Help Kids Boost Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling and Phonics Skills! • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
Daily Word Ladders: Grades 2–3: 100 Reproducible Word Study Lessons That Help Kids Boost Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling & Phonics Skills—Independently! • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM Grd 2-3 • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85

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