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Ms. Kastens from Bridgeport CT is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Listening To Improve Literacy

My students need individual CD players to listen to leveled books.

  • $339 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Most of my students are right below the fourth-grade math and reading levels. We are an inner-city school where the average family falls in the low-income category. We are a small neighborhood Title I Public School and have only two classrooms per grade level. All the teachers, regardless of the grade they teach, have a strong relationship with all the students in the building. We do believe that it takes a village, and when the children graduate from our school, we all take pride in the fact we were all part of the process.

Our students come to school every day ready to learn in spite of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Because of that, they inspire me to live up to their expectations and give them a reason to overcome some of those challenges and be excited to learn new things.

My Project

Most of my students’ reading levels range from first grade to third grade and they need to improve their skills for comprehension and fluency, along with increasing their vocabulary skills. I would like to have students improve their skills and level by creating a listening center where they could listen to stories and books at their own personal level and read at their own pace. With single unit CD players, students can listen to audible stories with individualized leveled instruction to read along with, allowing each student to improve on their comprehension. Students will be able to improve their levels of reading on their own.

Students tend to be shy regarding their reading levels and try to read a book that is just to hard for them and therefore, not improve their comprehension.

They also shy away from reading aloud.

This listening center allow them to work within their own levels and improve their skills without feeling embarrassed about it.

Ms. Kastens
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
GPX PC301B CD player • Staples Advantage $19.99 10 $199.90
Duracell CopperTop AA Alkaline Batteries, 36/Pk • Staples Advantage $26.99 2 $53.98

Materials cost

$253.88

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.81

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$287.69

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$50.77

Total project goal

$338.46

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$338.46

1 Donor

-$338.46

Donations toward project cost

-$287.69

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$50.77

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$0.00

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