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Ms. Santore from Bridgeport CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Odds and Ends for Fabulous Firsties

My students need leveled fiction and nonfiction texts to practice comprehension skills and they also need binders, card stock, tabs and sheet protectors to make and organize new math and reading centers.

  • $491 goal

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My Students

My class is full of bright, inquisitve students who come to school each day excited and ready to learn. We leave our problems at the door and immerse ourselves in fun, structured, educational activities throughout the day.

First grade is a challenging time for many students and I strive to make my class a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment for them to learn and grow in.

All my students receive free breakfast and lunch. We are an interdistrict school in an inner city. 70% of my students are from low income families. We are a diverse group and each student brings something important to our class.

My Project

Text based questions are a big part of reading and writing within the common core as well as many of the benchmark tests students are required to take 3 times a year by our school district. We need fiction and nonfiction texts of different levels that we can use to learn and practice how to answer text based questions. Using these same texts we can also learn and practice many different comprehension skills needed to be successful first graders. The books I am asking for will provide us with exactly what we need.

First graders are enthusiastic learners with a desire to investigate, ask questions, explore, play and experiment.

Learning centers give them opportunities to learn and grow through interactive experiences. Strategies and skills such as making decisions, cooperating, and problem solving are needed for firsties to become successful, independent learners. Center time allows them to learn and use these skills while practicing important math and reading concepts. With the card stock, binders, tabs and sheet protectors I am asking for I will be able to make many new learning centers and organize them in a very kid-friendly manner.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CARDSTOCK ASTROBRIGHTS 65 LB 8 1/2X11 ASST PACK OF 250 • School Specialty $16.11 3 $48.33
SHEET PRTCTR HVYWGHT 3HP 8.5X11 NOGLARE AVE74204 PACK OF 50 • School Specialty $15.54 3 $46.62
LAM POUCH 9X11.5 3ML PACK OF 100 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $19.87 2 $39.74
POLYBAG HANDI-LOC 4 X 6 ANG5071D PACK OF 500 • School Specialty $39.68 1 $39.68
Down to Earth Geography • Teacher Created Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
Daily Warm Ups: Reading, Grade 1 • Teacher Created Materials $18.99 1 $18.99
BINDER POCKET WITH WRITE-ON INDEX TABS 8.5 IN X 11 IN ASST SET OF 5 • School Specialty $5.67 3 $17.01
Nonfiction Reading Comprehension: Informational Reading, Grades 1-2 • Teacher Created Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
Paired Passages: Linking Fact to Fiction, Grade 1 • Teacher Created Materials $15.99 1 $15.99
Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing and Hands-On Activities • Teacher Created Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
Comprehension Text using literal, inferential, and applied questioning grade 1 • Teacher Created Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
Nonfiction and Fiction Reading Comprehension Grade 1 • Teacher Created Materials $5.99 1 $5.99
BINDER POCKET WITH WRITE-ON INDEX TABS 8.5 IN X 11 IN ASST SET OF 5 • School Specialty $5.67 1 $5.67
Ready Set Learn Reading Comprehension Grade 1 • Teacher Created Materials $3.49 1 $3.49

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