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Ms. Leishman
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 20 donors
  • $0 still needed

Building Our Listening Library

My students need portable CD players and a large selection of audio books for listen to reading time. This is a critical tool especially for English Language Learners.

My Students

My students need audio book titles with a broad range of appeal and individual CD players in order to listen to readings they might not tackle on their own.

My fifth graders are building their reading stamina.

Many of my students read below grade level and are reluctant to try. We are an urban, public, K-5 inclusive elementary school in California which serves kids, and families, from every walk of life. My students are diverse ethnically, financially, and academically. Many of my students come from homes where English is not the primary language, and often there is no one at home to help with homework. Fifth grade is a critical step for these students. For some, it is their last year at the only school they have known since they began their education. It is our last opportunity, as a school, to insure these children have the skills and strategies they need to be successful in their future education. With 33 students in each of my classes it is essential to have independent CD players so as to not disturb other students who are reading independently.

My Project

Daily reading from a number of different genres is the cornerstone of my teaching. Throughout the year the students will read, and write a response to a book of their choice, a biography, non- fiction informational text, poetry, and classic literature. By listening to stories read by actors and professional readers, the story comes alive while the child is reading along in the text. I find the additional benefit of wearing headphones, which helps to cut down on distracting noises, allows the kids to really lose themselves in the book. Please help me continue to build my library of classic titles so that I may introduce my reluctant readers to the wonders of literature.

We all learn differently and for those students who are auditory learners, reading can be a struggle.

I have found that by sitting in a quiet space, by themselves or with a partner, these kids will read books (and love them!) that they would never have picked up previously. It is amazing and wonderful to watch a child who felt like a failure at reading become successful and ask for another book.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sony Walkman Portable Skip-Free CD Player with Clip Style Earbud Headphones, LCD Display, Digital Mega Bass Sound & AVLS - Plus Sony Rechargeable Batteries with Recharger • Amazon $59.89 10 $598.90
Glory Field • AKJ Books $7.29 14 $102.06
11 Birthdays - Audio Library Edition Wendy Mass • AKJ Books $36.46 1 $36.46
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles Series #1) Suzan • AKJ Books $28.47 1 $28.47
Hoot (Audio) • AKJ Books $21.86 1 $21.86
When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead, Read by Cynthia Holloway • AKJ Books $20.44 1 $20.44
Esperanza Rising (Audio CD) • AKJ Books $18.25 1 $18.25
Old Yeller • AKJ Books $16.78 1 $16.78
Hatchet (AUDIOBOOK) • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Because of WinnDixie (Audio) • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Frindle (Audio) • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (audio) • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94

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