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Ms. Dardis from Milwaukee WI is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Moveable Alphabet-Hands-On Letter Activities

My students need manipulatives and materials, such as a Alphabet Sounds Photo Library and 10 Writing Practice Magic Boards, that they can interact with to practice alphabet letter recognition, phonics, and sight words.

  • $400 goal

This project expired on July 20, 2011.

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My Students

Do you remember the first time that you sounded out and read a word? The excitement and feeling of achievement you felt as your read for the first time? These basic alphabet, phonics, and writing materials will help promote those "first" experiences with my students.

I have a class of 25 four year olds.

We are a public school in the inner city with a poverty rate of 87%. Our district is labeled failing, but these students are our hope for the future. They are the future success stories and are our schools bright and shining stars. My classroom is hands-on with Literacy Stations and experience based learning. My students are enthusiastic learners that love school and make tremendous progress, but do not have a lot of exposure to literacy skills at home. When children enter K4 most of them cannot recognize their names in print and know and identify 3-5 alphabet letters. We start with the basics using manipulatives in lessons on letters and phonics that immerse children in literacy and allow them to interact with materials and it works.

My Project

These manipulatives reach children at all skill levels from basic letter identification to phonics and on to putting sounds together into words. By providing this range of activities during our daily Literacy Station Block, children can move at their own pace and continue to progress in their skills. The writing boards erase easily so there is no worry about mistakes for even the most beginning writers that are really making letter like shapes which takes the fear out of writing. The Sounds Photo Library will work on vocabulary development as well as phonics skills. The Letter of the Day pocket chart uses letters, sounds, photos and words for daily integrated literacy experiences. The Design Builder blocks can be used to form upper and lowercase letters as well as words and sentences. Finally, the I Can Build Simple Words materials give children the independence and confidence to create words of their own using guided practice with self-correcting materials.

Using manipulatives to aide in literacy skills acquisition is a proven way to help children remember by creating those brain connections and muscle memory links by both seeing and doing.

Using multiple modalities to teach ideas gives children with different learning styles the same opportunities for learning and mastery. By engaging my K4 students in active and engaging learning activities, I give them the greatest chance for educational success.

Ms. Dardis
Grades PreK-2
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
TT149 - Design Builder • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
TT194 - I Can Build Simple Words! • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
DD925 - Letter of the Day Pocket Chart • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
RR993 - Alphabet Sounds Photo Library • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
EE567 - Creating Sight-Word Sentences Center • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95
JJ710 - Writing Practice Magic Board - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning $89.95 1 $89.95

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