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Ms. M. from Richmond Hill GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Effective Word Study Leads to Reading Success

Help me give my students the tools needs to foster word knowledge and literacy, including Words Their Way, words sorts, Scrabble Junior, and doodle mats!

  • $243 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a Special Education teacher, our amazing students come from every walk of life. Our wonderful community is filled with hard-working families that support our school system as best they can with limited resources. Our population is largely military and transient.

I don't think of my students as special needs; I prefer limited edition!

We have a considerable population that includes disabilities ranging from autism, hearing impairments, learning differences, emotional disturbances, and intellectual difficulties, among others. We also have a considerable group of students that are learning English as their second language.

My Project

Our early readers need explicit, targeted instruction in word study through phonological awareness and vocabulary analysis. By using these resources, our students will gain skill sets that allow them to manipulate and comprehensively study words. Making time for word work is vital; it helps patterns and words move into long-term memory - an area often deficit is my special learners. Word knowledge activities and practice can help our learners become better readers, spellers, and writers.

Through word analysis, students realize that words are powerful things, meaningful tools.

Through hands-on manipulation (e.g., using the Aqua Doodle during Guided Reading, playing Scrabble Junior, or sorting Differentiated Word Sorts to build decoding/spelling skills) and utilizing book resources like Words Their Way and Making Words, my hope is that our learners will examine how words work and be on their way to becoming fully literate boys and girls.

Ms. M.
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (6th Edition) (Words Their Way Series) • Amazon Business $56.34 1 $56.34
Making Words Fourth Grade: 50 Hands-On Lessons for Teaching Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots • Amazon Business $38.00 1 $38.00
AquaDoodle - Draw N Doodle - Classic Mat • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Hasbro Scrabble Junior • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
85 Differentiated Word Sorts: One-Page Leveled Word Sorts for Building Decoding & Spelling Skills • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19

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