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Ms. Couto from Newark NJ is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dreamers Become Readers

Help me give my students voice recorders. I want to record my voice reading books and sight words so they can learn while at home.

  • $700 goal

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My Students

My students are English language learners. There 24 students in my 3rd grade class, 20 in 4th grade, and 18 in 5th grade. About half are speaking English with minimum error but some are still struggling. The students tell me they only hear English in school and if they could hear it more often they would be able to speak.

My students are passionate about being bilingual-but are struggling with mastering English yet!

They cannot wait to be "like me," able to speak and communicate with many people.

My Project

My students struggle with learning English with the current curriculum. They love when I am able to do small group work and we can read books that are easy to understand. They are able to pick up words easier and truly learn so that one day they will become able to understand the curriculum materials. Unfortunately they go home and do not hear or practice English.

Becoming bilingual readers means they will always love Spanish and speak it but also do the same with English!

They are so passionate about being bilingual-it has motivated me to seek funding for the project. I would do different things with the voice recorders. One thing is allow they to record the class discussion (especially when I am not present) so we can review it. Another thing is record guided reading books so they can go home and listen to the books. This will take away the guessing of how we pronounced the word in class.

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

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Digital Voice Activated Recorder, Yemenren 8GB Sound Audio Recorder Dictaphone for Lectures Meetings, USB, Rechargeable (Black) • Amazon Business $27.80 20 $556.00

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