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Mrs. Kovalcik from Pittsburgh PA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Magnetic Word Building for Building Magnetic Readers

My students need magnetic word building tiles with mats as well as phonics independent learning kits and phonics flip books that they can use to practice independently.

  • $381 goal

This project expired on December 20, 2015.

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My Students

Learning how to read is like learning how to play an instrument; you first learn the notes then practice until it sounds like a song. Word building is the note-learning part for my emerging readers. And the more they practice, the more they will start to hear the song!

My second grade students are vivacious students who either love to read or are working really hard to!

They are part of a diverse urban school where everyone brings wonderful strengths and character building challenges. Learning to read, just like any other skill, takes practice and not everyone gets it the same way at the same time.

My Project

My emerging readers need a bit more time and practice manipulating letters and sounds. Word building is a research-based best practice to do this. Students will be able to use magnetic letter tiles and mats during small group work with me. Then, I can release them to use the phonics kits and flip charts to practice on their own, which will give them a sense of independence and ownership with their learning.

This project will improve my classroom by providing meaningful and interactive activities and more importantly, the practice that students need to build their foundational skills for reading.

Second grade is the critical year to get these skills mastered and these word building materials will help me and my students reach that mastery.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP620X - Phonics Instant Learning Centers - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $169.00 1 $169.00
AA344 - Word Building Magnetic Lapboard • Lakeshore Learning Materials $15.99 5 $79.95
TT331 - Stack & Build Phonics Flip Books • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99

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