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Ms. S. from Oakland CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Calling all readers: Listening Library bridges the Reading GAP!! Part I

The cost of chapter and picture book read-alongs, two novel series, and a bookstand is $857, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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My school is located in Oakland, CA. We are a Title I school with most of our students receiving free or reduced price lunch. Every year, students enter my 4th grade class reading below grade level for many reasons. They are not currently readers and the thought of reading chapter books or novels can be frustrating and prohibitive. Yet, the research shows how important reading is in improving comprehension, writing and critical thinking. Therefore, I would like to build a listening library in my classroom for students who are second language learners or are reluctant readers. Audio books are a great way to bridge the reading gap. I remember how my own son had reading difficulties in school. He was not able to read difficult books on his own but he was drawn into the Harry Potter books on audio. He would listen to the stories every night and I noticed a marked improvement in his vocabulary, his interest in school and in his reading and writing. He was helped tremendously by audio books and I hope to make this kind of difference in the lives of my students. Please join me in making literature accessible and enjoyable for all students. Our audio library would be available for lending to other students in the 4th and 5th grades, as well. Students would be able to listen to the stories and follow along with the actual book both in class and at home. I selected a wide range of genres to ensure that there is something of interest for everyone. I am also requesting a bookstand to ensure that the materials are organized and easily accessible. Thank you for helping to increase literacy in our classroom!

Ms. S.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG377 - Classroom Revolving Bookstand • Lakeshore Learning $169.00 1 $169.00
RA460X - Popular Authors Picture Book Read-Alongs • Lakeshore Learning $159.00 1 $159.00
LA120X - Favorite Chapter Book Read-Alongs - Set • Lakeshore Learning $145.00 1 $145.00
BK894X - Great Novels Series 1 - Esperanza Rising • Lakeshore Learning $71.00 1 $71.00
BK794X - Abridged & Accessible Classics - Treasur • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95

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