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Ms. Lage from Bridgeport CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Make our Reading Glow--Close Reading Detective Kits

Help me give my students all the items they need to become close reading investigators in our new reading kits- magnifying glasses, blacklight flashlights, highlighters and detective glasses!

  • $367 goal

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My Students

My students are sixth graders in a multicultural urban community. We have an extremely limited budget with minimal support from our local government to fund basic supplies.

These students love their neighborhood school because it creates a sense of community.

This is especially important because many of the students come from broken homes. They are excited to learn but often times do not have access to the same materials that other students have from surrounding districts which leaves them at a disadvantage.

My Project

One of the most important skills that I have to teach my students is the process of close reading an informational text. Why? Because by grade 12, these students should be reading nonfiction text 70% of the time! My students need to learn the type of text they are reading as well as the purpose of their reading. Here is where the Neon Read-On Kit comes into play! This kit will include glasses and a magnifying glass to help them search for pictures and text features. They will use the highlighters to look for key ideas and text structures helping them think about their reading deeply. Then imagine the dark classroom, students decked out in their glow in the dark gear ready for the main event. As their anticipation is building, they will flip on their black lights to check out the key ideas (which will be glowing) in order to summarize what they have just read! The LEGO bricks are visual for me to see the number of connections that the students are making while they are reading...the taller the tower, the more connections they have made. Once this incredible lesson has been taught, the students will look forward to repeating the same process (on a smaller level) and informational pieces of text won't seem so overwhelming. Plus, they will have an authentic learning experience to connect​ their previous learning to which is a win-win for us all! Please help me set the stage to engage my students' learning!

Ms. Lage
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 60 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Optimal Shop 10 Pack UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors Etc • Amazon Business $23.99 4 $95.96
NUOLUX 5pcs Petals Highlighters Fluorescent Petal Watercolor Marker Pen,5 Color • Amazon Business $10.99 6 $65.94
TUPARKA 24 Pack Neon Colors Sunglasses Party Favors Goody Bag Fillers Bulk Pool Party Toys,11 Different Colors • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
dreambuilderToy Building Bricks 1040 Pieces Set, 1000 Basic Building Blocks in 10 Popular Colors,40 Bonus Fun Shapes Includes Wheels, Doors, Windows, Compatible to All Major Brands • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Blue Panda Magnifying Glasses - 24-Pack Kids Magnifiers for Children Party Favors, Educational Toys, 4 Colors, 4.2 x 1.7 x 0.25 Inches • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Flip Up Neon Hipster Costume Glasses for Men by elope • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
GreyParrot Tape UV Blacklight Reactive, (6 Pack), (6 Colors), 33ft Per Roll, Fluorescent Cloth Tape • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80

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