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

Books, Books, Books! For Students With Autism

My students need books, including "Too Much Glue", "The Watermelon Seed", and "The Rainbow Fish", that are easily adaptable to meet their individualized goals for the school year

  • $400 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our class is comprised of 8 amazing students with autism across three grade levels who learn in many different ways. Our students come from different wards from within DC, not just from the surrounding neighborhood. Our class is a self-contained classroom, which means that the majority of each students' learning takes place within our room. Many of our students also receive some instruction in the general education setting and are able to interact and socialize with their typically developing peers throughout the day.

Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way our students interact and communicate with others.

Autism is a spectrum disorder and our students' skills and abilities fall all over the range of the spectrum. We have students who are approaching grade level academically as well as students who are not yet communicating verbally. Each of our students is unique and has their own strengths, gifts, and support needs. All of our students need support in the areas of communication, behavior, social interaction, and daily living skills.

My Project

My students need books, including "Too Much Glue", "The Watermelon Seed", and "The Rainbow Fish" that are easily adaptable to meet their individualized goals for the school year. Our students need access to books that can be adapted to meet their needs. During group instruction, our students benefit from the use of visual supports in addition to the pictures in books. In our class, one of the most effective ways to participate in reading, even for students that are not yet speaking, is to match picture icons to pictures in a book. These picture icons can be used to sequence parts of a story, retell parts of the book, make choices, answer questions, and increase attention and focus while participating. Stories become interactive rather than just passive. This allows our students to be engaged from the start. Many general education classes are able to quickly pick up a library book for instruction, but because additional visual supports are used in our room, we often need to velcro and laminate pages of the book, which unfortunately is not possible with borrowed books.

Your generous donation to our project will improve our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade self-contained autism classroom by building stronger receptive and expressive language, increasing focus and attention during instruction, and giving students access to a wide range of thematic stories.

This will change our students' lives for the better. They will be accessing new vocabulary and increasing their literacy skills, all while having fun learning!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MerryMakers Froggy Doll, 11-Inch • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Too Much Glue • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
The Watermelon Seed • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Llama Llama Time to Share • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
MerryMakers Ferdinand the Bull Soft Doll, 9.5-Inches • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Llama Llama Misses Mama • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
I'm a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
MerryMakers Pout-Pout Fish Plush Doll, 9-Inch • Amazon Business $8.61 1 $8.61
The Best Teacher Ever By Mercer Mayer* Chick-fil-a Edition • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Mister Seahorse: board book (World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Old Black Fly • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
Charlie the Caterpillar • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
How Will I Get to School This Year? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Wemberly Worried • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Listen, Buddy • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Quick As a Cricket (Child's Play Library) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Froggy Learns to Swim • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too • Amazon Business $6.55 1 $6.55
The Cat in the Hat • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
The Pout-Pout Fish • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
Bear's New Friend (The Bear Books) • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
Last Day Blues (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) • Amazon Business $5.15 1 $5.15
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (A Click, Clack Book) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
F Is for Flag (Reading Railroad) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
The Story of Ferdinand • Amazon Business $3.43 1 $3.43
The 12 Days of Valentine's (Pictureback(R)) • Amazon Business $2.37 1 $2.37

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