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Ms. Ryan from Norman OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can Read in Spanish! But I've Only Been Here For a Month!

My students need 35 different childrens' books in Spanish - everything from "Cat in the Hat" to "Twilight" - to show them that literacy is possible (and easy!) in all languages!

  • $436 goal

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You would never know my middle school Spanish classroom is in Oklahoma because once you step in the doors, you need a passport to feel at home. Spanish-speaking countries and culture can come to life even in the middle of a 100-year old, Oklahoma Title I school.

Reading is difficult in any language for some of my students, but they recognize and value childrens books. Getting them to love reading in a second language is tough, but if they know a book because they've seen it in English, they're far more likely to give it a shot in Spanish.

My method of teaching is called TPRS: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling. Being Middle-Schoolers and first-time second language learners, their comprehension level in the target language is similar to a Preschooler's. My students need 35 different childrens' books in Spanish--everything from "Cat in the Hat" to "Twilight"--to show them that literacy is possible (and easy!) in all languages! Children's books are the easiest way to reach a student and make them feel far smarter than they might actually be. In my classroom today we read "La Oruga Muy Hambrienta", or "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". Although the students have only been in my class for a few weeks and certainly do not know all of the vocabulary needed to read the book and understand it word-for-word, they were able to get the gist just by calling on their prior knowledge of the story. They took about an hour to read the book with me today. Each question I asked in Spanish was answered by at least 5 students--all throwing in different input on the colors on the page, the number of objects, and even what the weather was like. Although none of this had to do with the actual words on the page, they felt SUCCESS because as the bell rang, we finished reading a story entirely in Spanish.

You will make it possible for my students to think creatively in another language. Your generosity will allow them to experience other cultures, another language, and learning in a more interactive, creative way. My students will see the value in reading--creating a positive impact on their literacy and encouraging them to pursue tasks that seem daunting (such as reading a book in a foreign language). Your help will build my library, allowing my students to read more often in the classroom. Middle school students will find it cool to learn--to be the one with the answers--because learning is comfortable when you associate new topics (Spanish) with old knowledge (Dr. Seuss and other childhood bedtime books). My kids will be readers—a title that many students lack. Reading allows sparks of imagination back into their lives—this time, in a foreign language.

Ms. Ryan
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Eres t mi mam ? (Are You My Mother?) P. D. Eastman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Doorbell Rang (Spanish edition): Llaman a la puerta Pat Hutchins, Amy Cohn (Editor), Pat Hutchins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Olivia (en espa ol) Ian Falconer • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
La peque a locomotora que s pudo Watty Piper, George Hauman (Illustrator), Doris Hauman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Perro grande... Perro peque o (Big Dog... Little Dog) Eastman • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Family Pictures: Cuadros de familia Carmen Lomas Garza • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
David va al colegio (David Goes to School) David Shannon, Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Oso pardo, oso pardo, qu ves ah ? (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Donde el camino se corta: Nuevos poemas para reirse Shel Silverstein, Phillip Margolin, Jordi Arbones (Translator), Victoria Alonso Blanco (Translator), Irene Saslavsky (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Siempre te querre Robert N. Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illustrator), Shirley Langer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Un caso grave de rayas (A Bad Case of Stripes) David Shannon • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
La Senorita Nelson Ha Desaparecido! Harry G. Allard Jr., James Marshall, James Marshall Jr. (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Pi ata Rebecca Emberley • Barnes and Noble $3.99 1 $3.99
Qu nervios! El primer dia de escuela (First Day Jitters) Julie Danneberg, Judy Love (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
La peque a locomotora que s pudo Watty Piper, George Hauman (Illustrator), Alma Flor Ada (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Se venden gorras Esphyr Slobodkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Frida Winter, Ana Juan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fiesta! Ginger Foglesong Guy, Rene King Moreno (Illustrator), King Moreno Rene (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Family Pictures: Cuadros de familia 15th Anniversary Carmen Lomas Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza (Illustrator), Pat Mora (Afterword), Sandra Cisneros (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Corduroy (Spanish Language Edition) Don Freeman • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
De la cabeza a los pies (From Head to Toe) Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
La ara a muy ocupada (The Very Busy Spider) Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Oso pardo, oso pardo, que ves ahi (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator), Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Cinco monitos brincando en la cama/Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Eileen Christelow, Victoria Ortiz (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Yoruga la tortuga y otros cuentos Dr. Seuss, Yanitzia Canetti (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
C mo el Grinch rob la Navidad! (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Dr. Seuss, Yanitzia James Canetti (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
El L rax Dr. Seuss, Aida E. Marcuse (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Yo puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! Dr. Seuss, Yanitzia Canetti (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The Cat in the Hat (Spanish Beginner Books Series) Dr. Seuss, Carlos Rivera (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Un pez, dos peces, pez rojo, pez azul Dr. Seuss, Dr. Suess, Yanitzia Canetti • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Huevos verdes con jam n (Green Eggs and Ham) Dr. Seuss, Aida E. Marcuse (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Luna nueva (New Moon) Stephenie Meyer, Jose Miguel Pallares (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Eclipse (en espa ol) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Amanecer (Breaking Dawn) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
Crep sculo (Twilight) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.79 1 $8.79

Materials cost

$300.27

Vendor shipping charges

$30.03

State sales tax

$13.51

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.50

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$357.35

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$78.44

Total project goal

$435.79

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$435.79

1 Donor

-$435.79

Donations toward project cost

-$357.35

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$78.44

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