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Mrs. Ippel from Gallup NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Listening Center for Struggling Readers

Help me give my students books for our listening center to support my students who are discouraged and frustrated in their reading.

  • $440 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I have a group of 18 second graders who live in New Mexico. Our classroom is bright with many smiling faces. Every student in our classroom receives free or reduced breakfast. No matter students' life situations, students find a safe, nurturing, and loving environment in our classroom. It is also a place where I try to provide my students with many opportunities to learn creatively, courageously, and collaboratively.

When my kids are in the room, they have a place to be inspired, be encouraged, be loved, and be changed!

In our classroom, we want every student to enjoy reading no matter what level they are reading at. Sometimes reading can be difficult for students and can shoot down their confidence. My goal is to create a place where they can enjoy reading without the struggle.

My Project

Developing a love for reading is essentially tied to a child feeling confident and encouraged in their reading time. For my SPED students, reading is one of the most challenging parts of their day. They are discouraged, struggling, and lost. Sounding out words and stopping every second becomes frustrating and discouraging.

These books will be used in our listening center where struggling readers can go and have books read to them.

This gives my SPED students times to enjoy and comprehend the story without the struggle of decoding words and fumbling through vocabulary. Listening centers are a time where they can participate in reading, build up their vocabulary, strengthen their confidence, and support them at their own level.

We use the app EPIC for our listening center. On this app, these stories are already recorded by a reader. The students can select the book on the app, grab the book from our listening bins, and can start reading along with the app. These books would help me create this listening center for my SPED students and continue to develop them as confident, growing readers.

Mrs. Ippel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Need My Monster • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Creepy Carrots! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Children Make Terrible Pets • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Henry Builds a Cabin • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Ugly Duckling • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
This Is the Rope A Story From the Great Migration • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Spoon • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Bugs in My Hair! • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
Me . . . Jane • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Leo: A Ghost Story • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
A Very Brave Witch (Paula Wiseman Books) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Diary of a Fly • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Merry Christmas, Splat • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge Restored Edition • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Make Way for Ducklings • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Where the Wild Things Are • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Harry the Dirty Dog Board Book • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Little Red Hen • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Princess and the Pea • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Charlie Needs A Cloak • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
No Roses for Harry! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Crictor • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Henry Hikes To Fitchburg • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Nelson Is Back • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Nelson Has A Field Day • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
This is the House that Jack Built • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chicken Little • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Stone Soup An Old Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Letter to Amy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Los Gatos Black on Halloween • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Mysterious Tadpole • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whistle for Willie • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Stick and Stone • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Johnny Appleseed A Poem • AKJ Education $5.11 1 $5.11
Crazy Hair Day • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
A Picture for Harold's Room • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Story About Ping • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Clifford's Good Deeds • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Clifford Takes a Trip • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Clifford's Happy Easter • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Danny and the Dinosaur: 50th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
The Gym Teacher From The Black Lagoon • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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