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Mrs. Erikson from Allston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning About Our Identities as Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Help me give my students and their families books, games and accessible resources in American Sign Language.

  • $714 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 2nd-5th grade students are all deaf or hard-of-hearing, but that's where the similarities end!

My students come from many different countries, cultures, and backgrounds.

Some have been at our school since they were three, others have just arrived with interrupted education or little-to-no access to language in their home country. Most are considered English Language Learners. Many have disabilities such as visual impairments, developmental delays, or emotional/behavioral challenges. Some students sign, some talk, some use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), some do a little of everything. They are resilient, funny, and hardworking students. I am proud to work with them every day!

My Project

My students are growing and learning about their unique identities. Their identities include different languages, cultures, countries, preferences and values. They do all share one common bond - they are all deaf or hard of hearing and part of the Deaf community.

"As the world becomes smaller and increasingly diverse in its cultures and experiences, it is crucial that all children have access to books that serve as both windows and mirrors.

Kids who see their own experiences reflected in books gain self-confidence, while reading about experiences that differ from their own helps kids develop healthy curiosity and empathy." - FirstBook Stories For All Project

It is important for my students to see themselves reflected in their stories. It is important for them to have access to their language, American Sign language. It is important that they have these resources and learning experiences throughout their day.

These books, games, and materials will allow students to teach their families and friends about their Deaf identity and their language. Students will be able to make an impact by borrowing SuperDeafy and sharing the movie with the families and siblings. Games that encourage the use of ASL and that don't require reading or English allow students to teach others ASL and make meaningful connections in fun ways.

Mrs. Erikson
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hands that Teach ASL Rug • Teachers' School Supply $150.74 1 $150.74
No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Uncle Goose American Sign Language Blocks - Made in USA • Amazon Business $36.95 1 $36.95
D1442 Sign Language - 36 American Sign Language Pencils • Amazon Business $12.89 2 $25.78
Center Enterprises Inc. - American Sign Language Stamp Set • Teachers' School Supply $24.95 1 $24.95
University Games UNV01214 Kids On Stage Charades Game • Amazon Business $19.75 1 $19.75
Outset Media Picture Charades for Kids - No Reading Required! - An Imaginative Twist on a Classic Game Now for Young Children • Amazon Business $16.93 1 $16.93
Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
That Deaf Guy First Edition Playing Cards - Using American Sign Language (ASL) on each card! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Iconoglyph American Sign Language Scrabble Tiles | ASL Alphabet, Wood Letter Tiles - Learn ASL while having fun! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
WonderFoam® Magnetic Sign Language Letters • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
She Touched the World Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Hands & Hearts With 15 Words in American Sign Language • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Pressman Toys 3009-12 Charades for Kids, Multicolor • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
HedBanz Game • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
I am Helen Keller • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Secret Signs Escape Through the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $10.76 1 $10.76
26x2 Intricate Coloring Pages with the American Sign Language Alphabet: ASL Manual Alphabet Coloring Book (Sign Language Alphabet Coloring Books) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
El Deafo • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Carson Dellosa - Learning Cards Sign Language & • Teachers' School Supply $8.99 1 $8.99
Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
My First Signs: American Sign Language (Baby Signing) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
My First Animal Signs (Baby Signing) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Helen's Big World • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Picture Book of Helen Keller • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Play Time (Sign About) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Going Out (Sign About) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Meal Time (Sign About) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Getting Ready (Sign About) • Amazon Business $4.19 1 $4.19
ABC Sign and Color: A Beginner's Book of American Sign Language (Dover Coloring Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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