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Ms. Abby from Saint Paul MN is requesting technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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For the Love of Reading - 2.0!

My students need iPods to increase their accessibility to books and to record and hear themselves.

  • $1,491 goal

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My Students

My scholars love to read. They keep piles of books in their book boxes. They ask to go to the library every day. If we have to skip our daily read aloud, they demand two books the next day. Reading buddies is a highlight of the week. And the Listening Center is the most coveted center of the day.

My scholars are a diverse group.

They come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and are often over-looked and under-served. 99% of the school qualifies for free or reduced lunch. There are 6 different languages spoken in the classroom and a wide range of academic ability. But the one common denominator is they all love a good story. Recently, we had over 50 books on CD donated to our classroom. This was an amazing gift and is used every day. However, daily use by multiple kindergarten scholars puts a lot of wear and tear on CD players. The CDs are loved but quickly getting scratched. And we won't even mention how many batteries we go through a week (20 AA's). The CD players limit my scholars to listening to 1-2 books a day. (We had to make a "no opening the cd player" rule in order to avoid more scratches).

My Project

The solution to endless batteries, scratched CDs and a limited book selection for the day? iPods. 5 iPods loaded with every story on CD. Students can pick the story they want to listen to and are not limited to my 5 choices for the week. I can create story playlists to relate to themes we are studying or featuring the multiple languages spoken in my room. Students can record themselves reading a story and listen to each other read. I can record students reading and listen for fluency and accuracy. Students can even check-out electronic books from the library or access online reading resources. The old CD players? They can be loaned out to students to use at home or can be used in addition to the iPod listening stations.

By adding iPods into our listening centers and daily routine, not only will my students will realize how accessible books are and take that knowledge and love of reading with them as they grow up, they will also see how literacy is an important part of life.

Ms. Abby
Grades PreK-2
  • West Side Summit Charter School
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Half of students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

    This project will reach 24 students.

    20 donors have given to this project.

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Apple® - iPod touch® 16GB MP3 Player (5th Generation - Latest Model) - Blue • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple® - iPod touch® 16GB MP3 Player (5th Generation - Latest Model) - Pink • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple® - iPod touch® 16GB MP3 Player (5th Generation - Latest Model) - Yellow • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple® - iPod touch® 16GB MP3 Player (5th Generation - Latest Model) - Space Gray • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Apple® - iPod touch® 16GB MP3 Player (5th Generation - Latest Model) - White/Silver • Best Buy for Business $199.99 1 $199.99
OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPod touch 5G - Punk • Amazon $34.99 3 $104.97
OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPod touch 5G - Boom • Amazon $37.35 2 $74.70

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