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Ms. Gibson from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Letter Sounds A to Z: Help Us Improve Our Literacy!

My students need teaching tubs of real objects to help conceptualize the letter-sound connection and an opportunity to independently practice their knowledge.

  • $250 goal

This project expired on January 27, 2014.

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My Students

Can you think of three things that start with the letter A? It may take a bit of time to think of some examples. Imagine this challenge for PreK students who are still trying to understand the connection between a letter and its sound. It would be much easier if you had real objects in front of you!

I teach 40 students between 3-5 years old, many with special needs.

They are from an impoverished neighborhood on the south side of our city. My students are the sweetest, funniest, and brightest people I know. They come to school everyday excited to learn, despite the difficult circumstances many of them face. Our school is a public school with a half-day PreK program. Although they only come to school for a few hours each day, they make the most of it and are always eager to "grow their brains"!

My Project

Learning letters and connecting each to their sounds is foundational to literacy. Letter/letter-sound knowledge is a prerequisite to name writing, story writing, vocabulary, and reading. Studies have found that a student's emergent literacy skills in PreK can predict their reading scores in third grade. These same reading scores are what many states use to predict long-term prison bed need. This shows how important it is for my students to master literacy skills in PreK. Strong literacy skills will set my students up for a trajectory of academic and life success. I believe these letter-sound tubs will help my students master the tricky concept of connecting letters with their sounds. Without real objects to see and manipulate, this concept is very abstract and difficult for my young learners to conceptualize. I can draw endless pictures, but these pictures do not provide the same experience that these alphabet tubs would.

Having this awesome resource in my classroom would be so influential to my student's emergent literacy skills.

These alphabet tubs can be used in endless ways: in whole group activities, in small group activities, for independent practice. The knowledge they gain from using these manipulatives will make learning advanced literacy concepts much easier in the future. My students will be better prepared to ace those third grade reading tests!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC856 - Alphabet Sounds Teaching Tubs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
LA627 - Teaching Tubs Storage Rack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99

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