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Mrs. Bailes from Newcastle OK is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Great Readers

Help me give my students the resources to be more engaged in literacy instruction.

  • $467 goal

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My Students

Every day I go to school I get to be around the most wonderful mixture of second graders. They are bright, full of energy and excitement, kind-hearted, and resilient. These kiddos truly make teaching the most rewarding job!

There is something special about teaching second grade and some even consider it the "sweet spot" or "hidden gem" of teaching.

My class is curious about their world and starting to become independent. Yet, they still have the biggest hearts and give the best hugs. They have such a love and a joy for learning and are soaking everything up like a bunch of sponges.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has given my students many challenges to overcome. They have never been able to experience a "normal" year of school and as a result are facing learning gaps, among other difficulties. Even with these challenges, I have seem my kiddos overcome and make strides in their learning.

My Project

When most teachers typically think of manipulatives they typically think of math. Using manipulatives is also critical in the development of reading. My focus with this project is to bring life and engagement back to reading.

When the students' hands and minds are working together their brains are more focused.

Focused minds have greater retention and greater engagement in the lesson. I will use the manipulatives and games to help my struggling readers with their understanding of the wide variety of phonics skills that must be mastered in the second grade. These can be used in my daily guided reading groups where we focus on phonics, fluency, and comprehension. They can also be utilized in the small flex groups where I have a group of second graders across the grade level to focus on a specific phonics skill.

The development of early literacy is important for future success and it is my goal to help students achieve that success through engaging, meaningful learning.

Mrs. Bailes
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JoyNote Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit 234 Pcs with Double-Side Magnet Board - Foam Alphabet Letters for Kids Spelling and Learning • Amazon Business $22.99 3 $68.97
Key Education Big Box of Word Chunks—Puzzle Game for Grades 1-3 Beginning Readers, Reading and Phonics Practice with Color-Coded Letter Puzzle Pieces (220 pc) • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
Players compete against each other in this fast-paced word-building game • Amazon Business $28.98 1 $28.98
Stackable Crayon Box - Clear (4 Pack) • Amazon Business $13.45 2 $26.90
4E's Novelty 16 Read to Self Phone, Whisper Phones for Reading [16 Pack] Auditory Feedback, Hear Myself Sound Phone - Accelerate Reading Fluency, Comprehension & Pronunciation - Speech Therapy Toys • Amazon Business $24.96 1 $24.96
Super Blends Phonics Reading Game (22 Blends) - Blends Game (Ages 5+), Phonics Games, Reading Games for Emerging Readers, Best Reading Resources for Parents and Teachers, Blending Cards for Kids • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Gamenote Magnetic Small White Board Set - Double Sided Magnet Dry Erase Ruled Lap Boards 9x12 Lined Whiteboard for Kids Student Learning (6) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Magnetic Wands, Homeschool, Science Experiment Tools, Set of 6 Wands, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Learning Resources Snap It Up! Phonics & Reading Card Game, Homeschool, Easter Toys for kids, Reading Game, 90 Cards Included, Ages 6+ • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Scrabble Junior Game • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
Tapp Collections Bingo Transparent Chips 300-pk - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
24 Pack Reading Guide Strips Highlighter Colored Overlays Bookmark Read Strips Assorted Colors Strips for Children,Teacher, Dyslexia People(8 Colors) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, 15 Pads, 2x the Sticking Power, Miami and Rio de Janeiro Collection, Bright Neon Colors, Recyclable (654-15SSMULTI2) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Elcoho 25 Pack Magnifying Glasses Plastic Colorful Magnifying Glasses for Party Favors with Storage Bag, 5 Colors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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