You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Mrs. Rivas-Vergil from Chicago IL is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning a Second Language Can Be Fun!

My students need literacy learning centers to augment their phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and spelling skills!

  • $650 goal

This project expired on January 22, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Learning a second language is not an easy task, especially when the alphabetic principle is so complex. My students are faced with the challenge of learning and mastering the English alphabetic principle everyday. Learning centers can help make this challenge less daunting!

I'm a 1st/2nd grade ESL teacher in an urban public school.

I will be teaching the same group of kids this school year because I looped with my class. All of my students are native Spanish speakers who enjoy speaking and using their native language in and out of school. Even though most of my instruction is done in English, I strive to instill the importance of being biliterate in my students. One of my goals as an ESL teacher is to help my students move towards becoming proficient readers, writers and speakers of the English language, but I still want them to maintain and love their native language. My students come to school everyday eager to learn and discover new things. They enjoy researching and collaborating with one another on topics across all subject areas. The learning centers will provide more peer interaction time because many of the centers require two or more players, and consequently this will also allow my students to help one another learn and practice their English.

My Project

One of my goals this school year is to incorporate more learning centers that are interactive and engaging into my literacy block! The learning centers I'm asking for will help reinforce the weekly word work that takes place in my classroom, and they will also help my students develop turn-taking, problem-solving, and language skills. In addition to the learning centers, the desktop easel will be used to model word work and decoding strategies during small word work groups and guided reading. My students would really benefit a lot from these learning centers because they will provide them with opportunities to practice, develop, and manipulate their second language. All of the learning centers are educational and hands-on, which will make learning English more exciting and fun. Research shows that ELLs benefit a lot from instruction and learning experiences that incorporate dialogue, interaction, and visual/ kinesthetic input, which are all components of the literacy learning centers!

Learning centers will help my students augment their phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and spelling skills.

They will utilize the skills they acquire from the learning centers as they continue their journey of learning a second language!

Mrs. Rivas-Vergil
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

25 donors25 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Rivas-Vergil is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EE282 - Picture Perfect: Compound Words Game • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
EE186 - Beginning Blends & Digraphs Instant Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
LL595 - Vowel Sounds Instant Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
EE107 - Word Patterns Practice Cards • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
RR792 - Tub O’ Letters • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
GG276BU - Tabletop Pocket Chart - Blue • Lakeshore Learning $9.99 2 $19.98
JJ370 - Tabletop Pocket Chart Stand • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 2 $39.90
FF524 - Small-Group Teaching Easel • Lakeshore Learning $69.95 1 $69.95
GG461 - Sled Spin-Out Sight-Words Game - Gr. 1 • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
GG200X - Sound-It-Out Phonics Puzzles - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
EE281 - Shortcuts: Abbreviations Game • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
JJ518 - Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
FF828 - Write & Wipe Vowel Sounds Practice Cards • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
HH453 - What’s the Question? Vowel Sounds Game • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
FF812 - Travelin’ Ants!: Sorting Word Families Game • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
HH451 - What’s the Question? Rhyming Words Game • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
HH324 - Word Scramble Sight-Words 151-200 - Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
FF825X - Write & Wipe Phonics Practice Cards - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


25 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Chicago","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[782883],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":614967,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":25,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Rivas-Vergil","authorIds":{"782883":{"owner":"Mrs. Rivas-Vergil","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[614967],"proposalHash":"-386404825","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":",smart&width=136&height=136&auto=webp&t=1578098083551","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":133666,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTA0MzQyMg==","MTA0Mzg2NA==","MTA0MDc1NA==","MTA0MTE5NQ==","MTA0MDI5Nw==","MTA0MTA1Ng==","MTA0MTMwNQ==","MTA0Mzc1OQ==","MTA0MzkxOA==","MTA0NDg3Mg==","OTk1MzYw","MTA0MDY2MA==","MTA0MDI3NQ==","MTA0MTM0Mw==","MTA0MTI3MA==","MTA0MzcwMA==","MTA0MzY2Nw==","MTA0NDA0Nw==","MTA0MTA3Ng==","MTA0MjM2MQ==","MTA0MzE4MQ==","MTA0MzQ0Mg==","MTA0Mzg3Ng==","MTAyOTc3Nw==","MTA0Mzc4MA=="],"teacherId":782883,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}