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Ms. Ellwood from Sebastopol CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dr. Seuss Community/Literacy Unit For Special Needs Students

My students need a variety of Dr. Seuss books for this reading project.

  • $528 goal

This project expired on December 29, 2015.

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My Students

We are working to help our special needs students understand their role in the community. We are beginning by helping them understand that they have a classroom and school community that they can give back to. This year they will build reading skills by reading to younger students in Kindergarten and first grade.

We have students ages ten to fifteen that are specific learning disabled, other health impaired, autistic and emotionally disturbed.

They are typical middle school students with some extra obstacles but they overcome these obstacles daily. We have a total of forty students in our program and most are two to four years below grade level when compared to their peers. Some have significant behavior challenges. We have the same students for three years so we are always finding new lessons to hold their interest. We are a small school of three hundred and fifty students. Our school is highly academic with mixed economic levels and ethnicity. The general education students and staff are very supportive of our students with special needs.

My Project

In previous years, we have done author studies in our classroom to encourage reading. These projects often address an overall theme we are covering in class. The author studies can involve reading, writing, art and special projects. This year we are covering the theme of Community. This years group of students is struggling to see their roles and the impact they have on others. We are reading "Wonder" to help build a more accepting classroom community. We are doing service projects outside of school. We will be studying multi-cultural stories so that they can be sensitive to the variety of people in the world today. This Dr. Seuss project is two-fold. First, the books will be used as an author study to look at the contributions Dr. Seuss made to the literary community. Second, in an effort to build their confidence in reading aloud in front of others, they will be reading to younger students. This will also model a small way they can build bridges in the school community and give back!

I believe that this project with improve our students' ability to think of others and learn in a small way to give back.

In addition, it will be a fun weekly way to have guest readers in the younger grade classes. The idea of our students being looked up to by younger students will encourage them to be role models in their community. This project goes beyond our classroom and students. It will have a positive impact on the district as a whole.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat / One Fish Two Fish / Green Eggs and Ham / Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) • Amazon Business $25.40 1 $25.40
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
On Beyond Zebra! (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
If I Ran the Circus (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Bartholomew and the Oobleck: (Caldecott Honor Book) (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Oh, The Places You'll Go! • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Dr Seuss's Sleep Book • Amazon Business $11.63 1 $11.63
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
If I Ran the Zoo (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street • Amazon Business $11.40 1 $11.40
Scrambled Eggs Super! (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
McElligot's Pool (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Beginner Books) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R)) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Horton Hears A Who! • Amazon Business $8.62 1 $8.62
There's a Wocket in My Pocket (Bright & Early Books(R)) • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
The Sneetches and Other Stories • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $8.44 1 $8.44
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright & Early Books) • Amazon Business $8.42 1 $8.42
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Oh, Say Can You Say? • Amazon Business $8.01 1 $8.01
The Foot Book (The Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection) • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) • Amazon Business $6.09 1 $6.09
Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62
Who Was Dr. Seuss? • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books) • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09

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