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Mrs. Portee from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Desperately Needing Dictionaries

Help me give my students dictionaries which will help develop and increase their vocabulary.

  • $232 goal

This project expired on April 28, 2020.

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My Students

I am the lucky teacher of 120 very enthusiastic middle school students in a low income community. My students have an array of abilities and interests. I had the honor of teaching many of these students in prior years. This gives me an advantage that I am looking forward to cultivating.

My school strives to provide an academic program in a caring and supportive learning environment emphasizing Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics tailored to meet the needs of our students.

My Project

My students are desperately needing dictionaries to develop their dictionary skills which will ultimately help them increase their vocabulary. Each week, students are given 20 vocabulary words. Students' first instinct is to use a Chromebook. Unfortunately, there are times when the Wi-Fi is down or Chromebooks are not available. Dictionary skills are also assessed during state testing.

Dictionaries teach correct spelling, parts of speech, pronunciation, spelling patterns, and most importantly, expose students to a multitude of other words.

When students learn to use a dictionary, they can use this same skill when using other reference material. Dictionaries are desperately needed to help my students reach their potential.

Mrs. Portee
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Merriam - Webster Inc. - Merriam Websters Intermediate Dictionary • Teachers' School Supply $24.68 6 $148.08

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