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Ms. Pollard
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Can You Read This? Well, Many of My Students Can't.

My students need 8 hands-on, practice sentence & grammar games and 2 books that have easy-to-read texts to help improve skills in reading and writing.

My Students

My accompanying photo is a quote that is posted in my classroom. My middle school students are faced with a myriad of choices every day, just as we all are. Today, I hope you will choose to support them in becoming better readers and writers.

I work with 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who struggle to read fluently, to comprehend what they have read, and to communicate their thoughts in succinct sentences and paragraphs.

Our school serves a population that is made up of 60% military families, with a large number of low income families served too. These are great kids and hard-working families, but the transient nature of their lives has created areas of weakness in some of our students' reading and writing abilities. I am honored to get to work with these teens to help them be able to read more fluently and with greater comprehension as they develop skills and strategies they can use today and in the future. Imagine how scary and embarrassing it would be to go to middle school every day, knowing you could not read and understand the information as well as your peers. Many of our students have developed defense mechanisms to protect that information, and they get farther behind daily. You and I can help them stop hiding.

My Project

I would like to purchase an assortment of "high-interest" books that will provide our students with relevant information, that is easier to read. Once they have experienced success in reading these materials, we will be able to introduce more challenging reading materials, and help move them toward reading more on grade level. I am also asking for several sentence-forming games and activities, as well as several grammar games. The hands-on approach of these activities will make practicing their sentence forming and grammar work seem more novel and fun, as our students improve their writing and communication skills in these areas. These activities will also help me group students along with others who need review and practice in the same skills, which will differentiate their learning more toward their individual needs.

I can't stress how important it is that we help these struggling readers and writers improve their skills before leaving middle school.

The stigma of being a struggling reader will only increase, the farther they advance in school and in life. Together, you and I have the opportunity to help these students improve their skills, while we also help improve their self-esteem and pride in being a reader. Please help.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Smethport Tabletop Magnetic Sentence Builders • Amazon $17.99 2 $35.98
Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading: With More Than 75 Articles from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Car and Driver, Chicago Tribune, and Many Others • Amazon $24.12 1 $24.12
Key Education Publishing Big Box of Sentence Building • Amazon $23.89 1 $23.89
You've Been Sentenced • Amazon $19.05 1 $19.05
Sentence Building Dominoes • Amazon $17.27 1 $17.27
Sentence Building: An early literacy resource that provides for an endless variety of reading and grammar games! (Open-Ended Learning Games) • Amazon $13.52 1 $13.52
Nonfiction Comprehension Cliffhangers: 15 High-Interest True Stories That Invite Students to Infer, Visualize, and Summarize to Predict the Ending of Each Story • Amazon $9.66 1 $9.66
You've Been Sentenced! Add-On Deck - Sports Highlights • Amazon $8.89 1 $8.89
DK Games: Silly Sentences • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
McNeill Designs YBS Sci-fi/Fantasy Add-on Deck • Amazon $7.65 1 $7.65

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