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Mrs. Dines from Allston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Dictionaries for Middle School ELL Students

My students need a class set of picture dictionaries that will support their growth in vocabulary during classroom reading, writing, listening, and speaking assignments.

  • $467 goal

This project expired on March 10, 2016.

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My Students

I teach middle school ESL to all levels, from beginners to advanced students. My students are highly motivated to learn, and they are eager to learn all they can about American culture and the English language. My biggest challenge is being able to afford engaging materials and class sets of books.

My students come from Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Albania.

They are typical middle schoolers - energetic, funny, and eager to figure out who they are. Our school is an urban K-8 in a large city school system. It is a loving place where the staff does all they can for the students, and the students work hard to achieve success.

My Project

We do A LOT of writing in my ESL class, and the picture dictionaries will be a HUGE support in helping my students to have the words they need at their fingertips. The students can easily look at the pictures and understand the words more quickly than they would with a non-picture dictionary. The visual aspect of the picture dictionary will allow them to more easily access the words for people, places, and things in English. I also plan to create a series of classwork and homework assignments using the various topics in the dictionary that relate to our units.

Learning English well is life-changing for students in terms of college and career readiness, but also in simply having the skills to navigate everyday American life.

Having the picture dictionaries will greatly support my students in their intensive study of the English language and American culture. Additionally, all children are motivated by having fresh, new books to use; they feel scholarly and valued when using professional-quality materials.

Mrs. Dines
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Spanish: Bilingual Dictionary for Spanish speaking teenage and adult students of English (Oxford Picture Dictionary 2E) • Amazon Business $19.89 10 $198.90
Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English) • Amazon Business $23.66 5 $118.30
Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Brazilian Portuguese: Bilingual Dictionary for Brazilian Portuguese speaking teenage and adult students of English (Oxford Picture Dictionary 2E) • Amazon Business $21.87 2 $43.74

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