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Mrs. Blackmon from Philadelphia PA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lend Me Your Ears!

My students need to listen to audio books in order to increase their literacy skills.

  • $273 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A typical day in my classroom is a mixture of short whole group mini lessons in the areas of math, literacy, science and social studies followed by students working collaboratively in small groups , independently or with the teacher. It all produces a happy hum!

I teach third and fourth graders in an inner city elementary school.

My students are active, talkative and very curious. They love working in groups and having choice in their learning. I keep my whole group lessons short (under 20 minutes) because that's about the maximum amount of time that my students are actively engaged in a teacher led presentation. They are anxious to get to the hands on part of the lesson, which is when when they get to try the skill presented themselves or with a partner or in a small group. In the past year, however, we have been trying to do more with less due to severe budget cuts. We have had to ask parents for such basic supplies as paper and pencils. Sadly, our school has also lost its librarian. Despite all of the cut backs, our school remains a positive, exciting place with a dedicated staff.

My Project

Every day after lunch, I read aloud to my students. This is one of their favorite parts of the day. Former students come back to tell me how much they enjoyed that time together and how our thought provoking book talks sparked a love of reading for them. This year a student favorite was The Way Side School, which is a light and humorous book. We have also read books on more series topics such as The City of Ember, which deals with a post apocalyptic society. An integral component of our literacy block is listening to reading. In the past, I have borrowed audio books from our neighborhood public library for my students to use in a listening center. This has been a very worthwhile activity for my students to take part in while I work with other students in small groups or independently. Not only is it something they enjoy but it provides increases their reading vocabulary and also improves their fluency by hearing what a good reader sounds like.

The listening center I have used for many years uses cassette tapes.

The local public library that I borrow audio books from has switched from cassette tapes to Cd's. This is better because Cds are more durable and easier to use independently for my students (no more waiting to rewind and broken cassette ribbon!) But highlights the fact that our listening center really needs updating. The portable Cds listening center that I selected for this project would greatly benefit my students.

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Mrs. Blackmon
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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CE772 - Ready-To-Go Listening Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $199.00 1 $199.00

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