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Ms. Zabala from Azusa CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating a Classroom Community: Collaborative Lessons on Reading and Writing

Help me give my students what we need to do daily collaborative, group learning in class: using posters, Post-its, notebooks, and more to work together to expand the love of reading and writing!

  • $557 goal

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My Students

I’m a middle school RSP (Special Education) teacher in Azusa at a Title I school where more than 95% of our students are low income and receive free or reduced-price lunches. Most of my students are first generation Latino. I teach RSP Language Arts and RSP English Language Development to students in grade 6-8 who have learning disabilities. Sometimes it’s tough to teach a group of kids who dislike reading and/or have lower reading levels to learn to love (or at least like reading) but I love what I do-even when it’s challenging. My students are receptive, creative, and resilient in their learning and growth when they’re given the opportunity and the time from their teacher to process. Because I have my students on my caseload and in my classroom from grade 6-8, we become close. I learn about needs, desires, and aspirations. I learn about families and home lives. For many of them, most of their adult interaction happens at school since their parents are working. That’s why I also make it a priority to teach my students more than what comes out of their books. I try to teach life lessons, respect, manners, and more.

My Project

All these materials will provide my students with the opportunity to collaborate, engage, and learn from each other. Collaborative learning works best in an organized classroom that feels like a community so I create lessons, activities, projects, and more in which students are required to work together to achieve the learning objective. I also use binders and notebooks to help students keep their work in a “safe place”. We make posters using large poster paper and markers, play games using post it markers for our ideas, have writing contests, and use artwork to discover how to understand literature and write successful essays. Many students in my room come from low income households and therefore I have always provided all materials necessary for any assignments all year long. These materials and supplies will get used daily and each year I replenish my stash. I’m asking for a little help this year since unfortunately, I wasn’t in my classroom the last few months of the school year and I had substitutes overuse my materials. I’m starting from scratch in terms of many of these materials. Any and all help is appreciated. I love doing my job to get students to learn to enjoy reading and writing and working together in our community.

Ms. Zabala
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-It Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 4 Pads, Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power (559-4) • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Cardinal Economy 3-Ring Binders, 1", Round Rings, Holds 225 Sheets, ClearVue Presentation View, Non-Stick, White, Carton of 12 (90621) • Amazon Business $22.27 2 $44.54
Mead Composition Books, Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, Comp Book, Black, 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
EX-25 Automatic Heavy Duty Electric Stapler - Includes Staples, Power Cable and Extended Warranty by EcoElectronix - Jam-Free 25 Sheet Full-Strip Staple Capacity, for Professional and Home Office Use • Amazon Business $39.73 1 $39.73
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 36 Count • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle-DNA Stress Relief Balls with Fidget Hand Toys for Anxiety Kids & Adults-Calming Toys for ADHD Autism Anxiety • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12 Pack • Amazon Business $4.95 4 $19.80
EXPO 1927526 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Vibrant Colors, 16-Count • Amazon Business $19.05 1 $19.05
Post-it(R) Notes, 4 in x 6 in, Marseille Collection, Lined, 5 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad (660-5PK-AST) • Amazon Business $8.27 2 $16.54
SunWorks Construction Paper, 10 Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Lined Sticky Notes, Super Sticky Note with Lines, 4 X 6 Inch, 50 Sheets/Pad, 8 Candy Colors, 12Pad • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased, Graphite #2 HB Soft, Yellow, 96-Pack (13872) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Post-it Flags Assorted Color Combo Pack, 320 Flags Total, 200 1-Inch Wide Flags and 120 .5-Inch Wide Flags, 4 On-The-Go Dispensers/Pack (683XL1) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Sharpie 27145 Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $4.97 2 $9.94
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Bright Neons, 2X the Sticking Power, Recyclable, 4 in. x 4 in, 6 Pads/Pack, 90 Sheets/Pad (675-6SSUC) • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Draft Self Inking Rubber Stamp - Red Ink • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Post-it Notes, 24 Pads/Pack, 1 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in, Marseille Colors, America's #1 Favorite Sticky Note, Call Out Important Information, Recyclable (653-24APVAD) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sharpie 30174 Permanent Marker Set of 4 (Red, Blue, Green, Black) • Amazon Business $3.49 2 $6.98
Mr. Pen - Pencil Erasers, Pencil Top Erasers, 130 Pieces Cap Erasers, Eraser Tops, Pencil Eraser Toppers, School Erasers for Kids, School Supplies for Teachers, Eraser Pencil, Earasers, Eraser Caps • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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