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Mrs. Carbone-Otten from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy Learning

Help me give my students the tools they need to increase literacy with new graphic novels and retro headsets to help with their reading, listening and speaking skills!

  • $349 goal

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My Students

My students come to school every day, rain or shine, ready to learn no matter the circumstance they came from, so I want to make sure all their needs are met!

My students have a passion for learning language that is bigger than you can imagine!

They all come from Spanish-speaking homes and are sometimes the only one in their homes who can speak, read and write in English. Most of our families fall below the poverty line for where we live and one hundred percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. This year is the first year that they will be in an all year English classroom, and I want them and their families to feel like they have materials at home to help them excel in this new endeavor.

My Project

This project is all about literacy! We are requesting new graphic novels so that the students have up-to-date books and have literature that is rich and also has pictures to support the words!

As students acquire a new language, they need to be practicing multiple domains.

This project supports the reading domain with the books and then it supports speaking and listening when the students use the retro headset headphones.

My students need to practice all of the areas of literacy, and they do this in centers during the day. These tools would greatly impact the students' learning and their success at acquiring English, their new language.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AshopZ Retro Telephone Handset 3.5mm Cell Phone Receiver for Iphone,Dark blue • Amazon Business $13.99 5 $69.95
Retro Radiation-Proof Phone Handset Adjustable Tone Cell Phone Receiver Microphone Earphone 3.5 MM Socket for Android/iOS Mobile Phone (Green) • Amazon Business $9.29 5 $46.45
Making Friends • Amazon Business $10.88 3 $32.64
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.28 3 $27.84
Be Prepared • Amazon Business $9.20 3 $27.60
Dragon and The Bully: Teach Your Dragon How To Deal With The Bully. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Dealing with Bullying in Schools. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Be Kind • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 8) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Brave (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.18 1 $9.18

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