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Ms. Carlson from Tucson AZ is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindergartners Writing to Read!

My students need sight word journals and snap together letter blocks to help them with foundational reading/writing skills: grammar, phonics, and sight word recognition.

  • $176 goal

This project expired on April 21, 2014.

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My Students

My kindergartners come from homes where reading and writing aren't priorities, making their initial Literacy Gap wider. Strong literacy skills are essential. The sight word journals and materials will help students focus on and remember sight words in ways that will build reading and writing skills.

My English Language Development kindergarten classroom is made up of a very diverse group of 5 and 6 year olds in a southern Arizona Title I STEM school.

99% are on free or reduced lunch. More than 1/2 of my students are refugees from Africa, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East and English Language Learners (ELLs). All from very low-income households. The majority live in neighborhood apartments and trailer parks. Their parents don't have the funds to provide reading and writing activities for their children. For most of my students, Kindergarten is their first real school experience. Many come to school without knowing how to write their names, let alone be able to recognize and write alphabet letters, and few can read even simple words, which are now all Common Core standards. However, they strive to do their best against the odds. These literacy resources will significantly help all of my students develop their reading and writing skills.

My Project

My students will use all of these materials daily during reading/writing centers. The sight word journals will give my students the practice they need to master recognizing and writing different sight words. They will learn to read and write the 25 most common sight-words as they write sentences and illustrate them in their journals. These 50-page journals target each sight-word one at a time as students write 4 simple rebus sentences and then illustrate them. The snap together letter blocks will give students opportunities to connect letters together to spell sight words, as they also reinforce letter recognition and build fine motor skills.

With your donation to my "Kindergartners Writing to Read!" project, students will have the opportunity to strengthen their sight word recognition and phonics, along with reading and writing skills while creating a love of literacy.

These materials will motivate my students to learn to read and write in fun and exciting ways.

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

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ207 - Sight-Word Journal - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
FF525 - Snap-Together Letter Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99

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