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Mrs. Graham from Jackson NJ is requesting computers & tablets through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fire Up Some Books! Listening Stations for Middle School Readers!

My students need three Kindle Fire 7 tablets to get audio access to the newest titles in YA fiction and non-fiction.

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My Students

I teach in a suburban NJ school district that currently holds two middle schools. I will be teaching 7th/8th grade literacy in the fall after being in elementary for many years. My kids have always enjoyed a comfortable, reading-centered room that encouraged authentic literacy experiences and "outside of the box" lessons and activities.

Today's students are highly motivated by technology and fresh approaches to traditional learning.

Middle schoolers in particular need and deserve an engaging and encouraging approach to literature and literary thinking. Even the most reluctant readers are digitally and socially savvy, and I believe that all learners respond well to modern, innovating ways of delivering solid, traditional content.

My Project

After teaching 5th grade literacy for 15 years, my biggest challenge is keeping my classroom shelves stocked with the most current and popular YA titles for my kids. Books go missing, get ruined, and let's be honest, books add up too!


My vision for my young adult readers is this: listening stations featuring Kindle Fire tablets with Belkin audio jacks that can each accommodate five sets of headphones. There are numerous resources for free audiobooks, as well as affordable paid subscriptions like This project will allow me to provide the newest, most buzzed about titles to my students, and will be a great companion to my classroom library. During independent reading time, groups will have the opportunity to experience a title together - an audio book club! Reading common titles encourages deeper thinking and the sharing of alternate points of view.

For example, one Kindle Fire 7 tablet with a Belkin audio headphone splitter will provide simultaneous listening of a title for up to five students at one time. Students will bring their own headphones and plug in during independent reading time, which is part of our daily literacy block. An audio book can be completed in approximately two weeks during class time. Cases and screen protectors will keep these tablets in circulation for years to come.

I enjoy getting kids enthused about reading; this technology will help entice even the most reluctant readers to the table. Struggling readers will embrace it for the format, strong readers will love it for the content. Providing various genres and platforms is crucial when developing life-long readers. Doing this in a timely and affordable fashion will benefit all of my students, all of the months of the school year.

Mrs. Graham
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7" Display, 8 GB, Black - with Special Offers • Amazon Business $44.99 3 $134.97
Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio Splitter (Light Green) • Amazon Business $11.08 3 $33.24
BasTexWireless Home/Travel/Wall Charger for Amazon Kindle 2, Kindle 3, Kindle 4, Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, Kindle Dx • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Fintie Slim Case for All-New Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (7th Generation, 2017 Release), Ultra Lightweight Slim Shell Standing Cover with Auto Wake / Sleep, Black • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
[3-Pack] Supershieldz for All-New Fire 7 Tablet 7" Screen Protector, (7th Generation - 2017 release Only) High Definition Clear Shield - Lifetime Replacements Warranty • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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