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Bronx Third Graders Desperately Need Guided Reading Books--Part 1
The cost of a set of grade 3 leveled readers for below-level students from Houghton Mifflin is $704, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
I am a third-grade teacher at P.S./M.S. 194 in the Bronx. The children in my school desperately need resources since 92 percent of students receive free lunch. My school has only been open for three years, which means there is not always enough money to purchase the instruction material that teachers are required to use.
We are required to teach a guided-reading program, which has been proved to help children become better readers. However, this is the second year that I have been trying to teach guided reading without books. My students love working with me in a small group, but I am quickly running out of new materials for them to read.
Since I don't have my own set of guided-reading books or teacher's guides, I am spending a lot of time scouring the Internet for lesson ideas and running around trying to borrow books from other teachers. I know that I could become a more effective teacher if I had my own classroom set of guided-reading books and teacher's guides.
Having the books in my classroom would mean that I could spend more time preparing for lessons and providing students with the strategies that they need to become better readers. Also, if the books were in my classroom, the children could keep the books we have read together in their book bags to re-read during independent reading time. Today the group of students I was working with asked if they could borrow the books to read for extra homework. It broke my heart to say no to them, because I was afraid to lend them books which belonged to another teacher.
Please help me provide the books that my students need to improve their reading skills. They really want to learn, and they deserve a well-prepared teacher and books that they can call their own.
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