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Ms. Damodaran from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Looking Towards Literacy

Help me give my students an effective and individualized academic curriculum that helps them to grow!

  • $314 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is a special day class for students with moderate to severe disabilities. We operate on an alternative curriculum that emphasizes functional skills along with academic ones. My students are intelligent and hardworking, but they need a high level of support to grow and thrive. I have seen so much progress just this year!

One student has gone from struggling with CVC words to reading kindergarten/first grade level texts.

His confidence has skyrocketed as well, and he now says things like "I'm a rockstar," or "Yes, I did it!" Another student has become independent over the last year. He used to require support to transition all over campus, and he now does so by himself. He loves doing this, and it makes him feel like he fits in with the other students in his general education class. He will be moving on to middle school next year, and instead of being nervous, he is ready for the challenge!

I know that everyone says this, but my students really are the best! They have helped me more than I have helped them.

My Project

In my classroom, my students operate on alternative grade standards. Due to this, there is no set grade curriculum that I teach. I try to create my own curriculum that is individualized to student needs and skills. The calendar will be used for our homeroom routine. I love to have students participate and do the calendar themselves, and a magnetic calendar will make this easier. It will allow my students to manipulate the pieces on their own and it will keep everything organized.

The language arts curriculum that I am creating includes using a variety of picture books to teach my students both about literacy and life skills (positivity, holidays, kindness, etc).

I currently borrow these books from the library, but if one is unavailable or takes too long, I have to use youtube videos instead (and they are not as good!). These picture books will help me give my students a thorough and well-rounded language arts curriculum for August through November.

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 8 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AA479 - Magnetic Calendar Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Bear Says Thanks (The Bear Books) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Agatha • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
The Little Yellow Leaf • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
Splat Says Thank You! (Splat the Cat) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
How to Catch a Turkey • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Mouse's First Fall (Classic Board Books) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George tabbed board book • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Pumpkin Pumpkin • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
What I Like About Me! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Apple Farmer Annie • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crazy Hair Day • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
I Am Thankful (Rodale Kids Curious Readers/Level 2) • Amazon Business $4.85 1 $4.85
The Night Before Thanksgiving • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$213.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$19.58

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.21

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$266.77

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.08

Total project goal

$313.85

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$313.85

3 Donors

-$218.00

Donations toward project cost

-$185.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$32.70

Matching donations from our partners

-$95.85

Match offers toward project cost

-$81.47

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.38

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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