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Mrs. Iacopetti from Cypress CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Listening

My students need a listening center to build sight vocabulary, fluency, reading comprehension, and an iPod Touch to help them get excited about reading.

  • $627 goal

This project expired on September 23, 2011.

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My Students

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” This quote, taken from Dr. Seuss, solidifies the fact that reading is the key to education. Any teacher knows that reading gives students access to unlimited information.

As a reading intervention teacher, I work with students from first to sixth grade.

My role at my school is to help at-risk students develop their literacy skills and become proficient readers. Each student has his/her own reading challenges; however, all of them struggle with reading fluency. Despite their struggles and deficiencies, my students really want to improve their reading skills and aspire to become proficient readers. For my students, reading often becomes laborious because they are busy focusing on decoding each word and they do not have automatic word recognition, and as a result, reading comprehension is compromised. Sadly, these are the students who, in the future, become less confident about their reading skills and sometimes become unmotivated to read. My student population needs engaging and meaningful literacy activities to boost intrinsic motivation, develop their reading skills, and foster a love for reading.

My Project

Due to budget cuts, I have limited access to supplementary instructional materials. Because of this, reaching the needs of my diverse learners can be challenging. To help drive literacy instruction, a listening center would be perfect addition to my classroom. A listening center is an area in the classroom where my students can listen to and read along with audio books. This listening center would include a MP3 player and headphones for a small group of students. Though a listening center may seem like a classroom luxury, it actually is an essential component of any classroom literacy program, especially in a reading intervention program. A listening center can help build my students' listening skills, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to hear good reading fluency, monitor their own reading, and practice oral reading.

Donations to this project will further my efforts to help my students become not only proficient readers, but also lifelong readers and learners.

I encourage you to invest in my students’ education and future by donating to our listening center. This perpetual gift will not only be used this year with my students, but will be used by my students in the years to come. So, feel rest assured that this is a gift that will keep on giving. And, what can be better than the gift of reading?

Mrs. Iacopetti
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DS245X - MP3 Player Listening Center • Lakeshore Learning $139.00 1 $139.00
Apple® iPod touch® 32GB* MP3 Player (4th Generation - Latest Model) - Black • Best Buy $299.99 1 $299.99

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