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Mrs. Hicken from Layton UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Leveled Books for Special Education Students

Help me give my students a chance to understand the joy of reading. Everybody is different and reads successfully at different levels. These books range in reading difficulty from 2nd-8th grade and cover many genres.

  • $813 goal

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My Students

All of the students who benefit from this project are enrolled in a special education language arts class. They come with struggles in reading, writing, or both and range from a pre-k level to 9th grade. Inevitability, most do not read regularly outside of school and are difficult to motivate to do so within the classroom. Over one third come from low income homes.

Even though my students may be separated by their peers in reading ability, everything else about them screams typical teenager.

A large portion of the population I serve are 12-15 year old boys. They play video games, throw footballs during lunch time, text underneath their desks, and talk about girls when they think I am not listening. When asked what they would read if they had to, they responded with graphic novels, fantasy, action, and sports. My smaller population of girls indicated that they too enjoy graphic novels and modern realistic novels.

My Project

Every year, special education teachers are faced with the same difficult problem. How do we appropriately serve a student who functions at a second grade level and one who functions at a ninth grade level during the same class period? These books are part of my solution to that problem.

By having an extensive classroom library with titles ranging from lower elementary levels to upper secondary levels, my students can read novels that are not too difficult for them and hopefully learn to enjoy reading.

Each month, my students are asked to read a novel within 50 points of his/her lexile level. Unfortunately, for the month of September, I did not have enough titles for students to choose from and some ended up having to read books that were either too easy or too difficult for them. These books will allow my students a wider selection to truly pick one they are interested at an appropriate level. Also, all books are on the "approved" list for my school district and cover many genres.

Mrs. Hicken
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Project Sweet Life • Amazon Business $14.44 2 $28.88
Prisoner B-3087 • Amazon Business $13.36 2 $26.72
The Edge of Nowhere • Amazon Business $10.94 2 $21.88
Flipped • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Stargirl (Stargirl Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
You Bring the Distant Near • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Redwall • Amazon Business $9.94 2 $19.88
That Was Then, This Is Now • Amazon Business $9.44 2 $18.88
The Boy Who Dared • Amazon Business $9.29 2 $18.58
The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.28 2 $18.56
Because of Winn-Dixie • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Uglies • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
M.C. Higgins, the Great • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Okay for Now • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Shadow of a Bull • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Holes (Holes Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Once Upon a Marigold • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo, Revised Edition • Amazon Business $7.70 2 $15.40
The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) • Amazon Business $7.38 2 $14.76
Tangerine • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
The Hiding Place • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Report Card • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Jacob Have I Loved • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Summer of Fear • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1) • Amazon Business $6.81 2 $13.62
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.56 2 $13.12
Julie of the Wolves (HarperClassics) • Amazon Business $6.56 2 $13.12
A Day No Pigs Would Die • Amazon Business $6.56 2 $13.12
The Clay Marble • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
The House of Dies Drear • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Night (Night) • Amazon Business $6.31 2 $12.62
Children of the River (Laurel-Leaf Contemporary Fiction) • Amazon Business $6.29 2 $12.58
The Last Book In The Universe • Amazon Business $6.29 2 $12.58
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $6.00 2 $12.00
The Big Wave • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
And Then There Were None • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Call It Courage • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Dovey Coe • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Mississippi Trial, 1955 • Amazon Business $3.59 2 $7.18
The Jacket • Amazon Business $5.37 1 $5.37

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