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Mrs. Herda from Minneapolis MN is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Keeping All Ears On Reading

Help me give my students a listening center to help them build their vocabulary.

  • $450 goal

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My Students

I have a wonderful group of kindergarten students this year. The students are a diverse group of students from all walks of life. Most of my students will come to school with a different home language other than English making it even more challenging for students as they must grasp concepts in a second language. Every kindergartner gets free breakfast and lunch at school daily.

Most of my students will enter kindergarten with no prior school experience.

Kindergartners start the year excited, nervous, and so proud to show off the skills they already know. They are 5 and 6 year olds who are expected to listen and learn for 7 hours a day. As a teacher educating such young and fresh minds I find it very important to ensure students are able to learn in many different ways.

My Project

I am requesting a listening center to help my students develop their literacy skills. Not a lot of my students are read to at home as it is not an activity done in regularly in the culture of my students. By having books on CD, and a listening center in my classroom, students will be gaining very beneficial time listening to how books are read properly.

When a student hears books read to them they better understand fluency and sentence structure.

Having students listen to books is such a valuable tool to help them gain literacy skills.

A lot of my students also don't speak English at home which means listening to books on tape at school in English helps them develop their language skills.

I have also asked for some drawers to help organize the books on CD as well as some books to get my collection started. This will help students get a wide range of books to listen to, and they will be organized nicely.

Mrs. Herda
Grades PreK-2
  • Hennepin Elementary School
  • Minneapolis, MN
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 24 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hamilton Buhl 6 Person Listening Center with Bluetooth CD/Cassette/FM Boombox and Deluxe Over-Ear Headphones • Amazon Business $177.95 1 $177.95
Seville Classics She16210 15.51-Inch By15.4-Inch by 38.2-Inch 10 Drawer Organizer • Amazon Business $44.99 2 $89.98
ECR4Kids 10-Drawer Mobile Organizer, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $46.98 1 $46.98
Duck on a Bike (Read Along Book & CD) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Book & CD) • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Giraffes Can't Dance: Audiobook Read-Along (Paperback and CD) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
The Caboose Who Got Loose (Book and CD) • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28

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