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Ms. Bard from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need the TIME for Kids weekly magazine, books and learning centers and activities to add variety in what they read. Many of them have learning disabilities so they tend to stay on the same reading level for a while-wouldn't you get bored too?

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This project expired on April 27, 2011.

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My Students

Many of my students are still reading on a kindergarten reading level and find it frustrating and not very fun when they read independently. They've expressed interest in many non-fiction themes like animals and sports. Please help them fall in love with a good book!

I grew up with books in my everyday life both in school and outside.

My mother read to me and soon I began to read to her. I can't think of my childhood without reading being a part of it. As a teacher now, it's interesting to wonder how my life would have been shaped without this staple. I can tell you that 8 out of 12 of my students do not read with their parents at home. Whether its due to their busy lives if they have a job or they're choosing not to, it does not happen at home as much as I require it for homework. Though the statistics of our community are staggering-- one of the poorest Congressional districts in the US, has over 1,100 children in grades 3-8 and 100% of our children receive free lunch-- almost all of my students have every video game you can imagine. I'll continue to push for the partnership of my students' parents, but the weight of practice and fostering their growth in reading lies solely in my classroom.

My Project

I think my students are at a tipping point in their lives. They are third and fourth graders, ranging in ages 8-11 (which is sixth grade level), and all of them read on a kindergarten level. I watch them while I read being mesmerized, like any other child would be, by the stories that they are escaping to in their minds. Then when we transition into our independent reading, for some, but not all, the life slips from their eyes as the 20 minutes each day that they dread is about to begin. They are reluctant to read and find it frustrating. While I can hardly blame them, I spend much of my time being their cheerleaders and my mission today is to find more books and literacy center options that are on their reading level, but are also on their interest level! Non-fiction books are of high interest at this age, so any books about animals or sports are perfect. I'm also asking for a subscription to TIME for Kids which is a magazine of current events from around the world written for kids.

Much of what I'm requesting are literacy supports that I will use to help teach them to read with plenty of variety since they get frustrated easily.

Doing literacy and math centers daily helps exercise what I've taught them and allows me to differentiate based on their varied needs. Centers are wonderful for my students as it builds their independence while being short blocks that cater to their attention span.

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

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Edition 3 - 4 with Around the World (Grades 3 and 4) TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom newsmagazine that motivates kids to read. Issues cover a wide range of real-world topics and themes kids love to learn about and it s the best nonfiction text you ll find! Edition 3 - 4 builds non-fiction literacy skills and helps students better understand their world. In addition to receiving Edition 3 - 4, subscribers will receive TFK Around the World. • Time for Kids $4.88 12 $58.56
PHONEMIC AWARENESS INSTANT LEARNING CENTERS----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $13.71 1 $13.71
TAKE IT TO YOUR SEAT LITERACY CENTERS GRADES 4-5----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $31.19 1 $31.19
TAKE IT TO YOUR SEAT MATH CENTERS GRADES 3-4----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $27.46 1 $27.46
LITERACY ACT RHYMING AND SIGHT WORDS----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $24.98 1 $24.98
LITERACY CENTERS GR. 3-5----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $23.71 1 $23.71
TAKE IT TO YOUR SEAT: SCIENCE CENTERS GRADES 3-4----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $27.46 1 $27.46
TAKE IT TO YOUR SEAT LANGUAGE ARTS CENTERS GR. 4-6 ----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $31.19 1 $31.19
730 JOURNAL PROMPTS GR. 1-3----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $18.66 1 $18.66
GOTTA HAVE GRAPHS! GRS. 1-6----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $21.14 1 $21.14
TARGET READING AND WRITING MECHANICS - GRAMMAR AND USAGE----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $22.39 1 $22.39
SCIENCE IN A BOX GR. 4-6----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $28.62 1 $28.62
WORD FAMILIES AND RHYMING CENTER POCKET CHART- - --*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $34.99 1 $34.99
PARAGRAPH WRITING GR. 2-4----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $16.21 1 $16.21
HOW TO WRITE A STORY GRADES 4-6----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $18.72 1 $18.72
HOW TO WRITE A STORY GRADES 1-3----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $18.72 1 $18.72
Falling Down the Page Georgia Heard (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $8.47 1 $8.47
Show Way Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
The Other Side Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
LL624 - Level M Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $43.95 1 $43.95
LL623 - Level L Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $41.95 1 $41.95
LL622 - Level K Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $46.95 1 $46.95
LL621 - Level J Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $36.95 1 $36.95
LL619 - Level I Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $41.95 1 $41.95
LL618 - Level H Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $38.95 1 $38.95
LL617 - Level G Nonfiction Book Bin • Lakeshore Learning $36.95 1 $36.95
GR748 - Guided Reading Activities - Gr. 3-6 • Lakeshore Learning $23.99 1 $23.99
GR747 - Guided Reading Activities - K-2 • Lakeshore Learning $23.99 1 $23.99

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