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Ms. Kreitlein from Memphis TN is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

First Grade Reading Resources

My students need the interactive Hot Dots reading and math question sets and interactive pens to build the skills necessary to complete assessments with confidence .

  • $406 goal

This project expired on November 2, 2014.

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My Students

"If you can't count, they can cheat you. If you can't read, they can beat you"- Toni Morrison's Beloved. This powerful statement is central to the idea that mastery of reading and math is crucial to success in education and in life.

Our school is located in a struggling neighborhood within a larger urban district striving to make significant gains in math and literacy.

More specifically, our school is in a transitional period, as we have adopted a turn-around improvement plan to move from the bottom 5% of schools in the state to the top 25% in just three years. Despite living in an impoverished neighborhood with limited familial resources, it is the goal of my classroom to provide students with every necessary resource needed to master first grade skills.

My Project

My students need the interactive Hot Dots reading and math question sets and interactive pens to build the skills necessary to complete assessments with confidence . I am requesting an interactive literacy and math question set called Hot Dots. This technology allows students to practice answering multiple choice questions independently. This is an invaluable resource, because as early as first grade students are expected to complete standardized tests at the end of the year. As standardized test taking skills are not part of the core curriculum, many teachers are forced to spend valuable instructional time teaching these skills before the test is taken at the end of the year. By incorporating Hot Dots into daily center routines, students will have seven months to gain familiarity with a multiple choice format. The innovative approach of Hot Dots allows students to practice and perfect these skills during normal instruction with the helpful verbal guidance it provides.

While a teacher works with small groups, students are expected to be in charge of their own learning at different centers around the room.

I believe the Hot Dots reading and math program has the ability to engage students and invest them in their own learning.

Ms. Kreitlein
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Educational Insights Kat, The Talking, Teaching Kitty Pen For Hot Dots Jr. • Amazon $10.64 5 $53.20
Educational Insights Hot Dots Standards-Based Language - Gr 1 • Amazon $51.77 1 $51.77
Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Ace - The Talking, Teaching Dog • Amazon $10.26 5 $51.30
Educational Insights Hot Dots Pens, 6 Pack • Amazon $44.71 1 $44.71
Hot Dots: Academic Vocabulary Cards, Grades 1-3 • Amazon $14.94 1 $14.94
Educational Insights BLENDS & DIGRAPHS/HOT DOTS ACTIVITY CA • Amazon $14.21 1 $14.21
Educational Insights VOWELS/HOT DOTS FLASH CARDS • Amazon $13.95 1 $13.95
Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Cards - Numbers & Counting • Amazon $13.25 1 $13.25
Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr. Cards - The Alphabet • Amazon $12.99 1 $12.99
Educational Insights READING READINESS/HOT DOTS • Amazon $12.55 1 $12.55
Educational Insights Hot Dots Laugh It Up Spelling, Grades 1-3 • Amazon $9.35 1 $9.35
Educational Insights Hot Dots Math Flash Cards Addition • Amazon $9.10 1 $9.10
Educational Insights HOT DOTS MONEY FLASH CARDS • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99

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