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Ms. Rector from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading in Two Languages: Building a Bilingual Library

My students need a variety of 43 children's books to read in Spanish during independent reading time.

  • $565 goal

This project expired on June 17, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine being expected to read, write, and learn math and science proficiently in a language you don't understand. That's the challenge many of my elementary students face on a daily basis at school - a challenge that is hindering the learning of many students.

My students are 2nd graders in a highly Latino urban neighborhood in California.

Most of my students enter Kindergarten knowing little or no English and are expected to achieve at the same levels as their English speaking peers. Because of this my school has developed a bilingual program, wherein students and their families opt into classrooms that, beginning in Kindergarten, teach primarily in Spanish (and gradually introduce English). This program, paired with the high quality lessons teachers prepare, not only helps our students develop strong Spanish language skills, but it also helps students access other important skills and content without a language barrier. Furthermore, when students have developed strong Spanish language skills they are then able to transfer their understanding of language to help them learn English more successfully.

My Project

I am requesting close to 50 children's books in Spanish at all different levels for my students to use during independent reading time. The bilingual program at my school is expanding slowly and currently we do not have enough books in Spanish for each child to read during our reading workshop. I aim to supplement our current library so that students will have access to around 5 books to read at their level each week. This will not only promote reading growth, but the variety of titles will also enhance engagement and interest in learning to read.

The bilingual model my school has implemented will surely enhance not only the Spanish language skills of my students but also the English language skills.

Already, 1st and 2nd grade students who entered school knowing little English are able to read, write and perform other subjects at grade level in BOTH languages. Having access to high quality literature in Spanish will strengthen our efforts to help these youngsters become proficient bilingual speakers, readers, writers and mathematicians.

Ms. Rector
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sapo y Sepo Son Amigos (Frog and Toad Are Friends) Arnold Lo • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Dias con sapo y sepo / Days With Frog and Toad • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Que tiemp hace? Hace Sol • AKJ Books $2.45 1 $2.45
Que tiemp hace? Nieva • AKJ Books $2.45 1 $2.45
Que tiemp hace? Viento • AKJ Books $2.45 1 $2.45
La silla de Pedro Ezra Jack Keats, Maria A. Fiol (Translator • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Alexander, Que De Ninguna Manera-Le Oyen?-Lo Dice En Serio!- • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Con los abuelos • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
Mis Abuelos (My Grandparents) George Ancona, Alma Flor Ada, • AKJ Books $15.33 1 $15.33
No, David! David Shannon, Teresa Mlawer • AKJ Books $13.49 1 $13.49
David va al colegio (David Goes to School) David Shannon, Te • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
David se mete en l os David Shannon, Teresa Mlawer • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Donde Viven Los Monstruos (Where the Wild Things Are) Mauric • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Eres t mi mam ? (Are You My Mother?) P.D. Eastman • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Hay un molillo en mi bolsillo! Dr. Seuss, Yanitzia Canet • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Arandanos para Sal/ Blueberries for Sal • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Ceniciento / Cinderello • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
A banarse con Maisy / Bath Time With Maisy • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Como Atrapar Una Estrella • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
La fea durmiente / The Ugly Sleeper • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Columpios/swings • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Como Nacio El Arco Iris Alma Flor Ada, Vivi Escriva (Illustr • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Alexander y el dia terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Yo puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! Dr. Seuss, Yanitzia • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Oye, Hormiguita • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Alexander, Que Era Rico El Domingo Pasado • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Prudencia se preocupa (Wemberly Worried) Kevin Henkes, Teres • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Danielito y el Dinosaurio/ Danny and the Dinosaurs • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Oliver Button Es Una Nena / Oliver Button Is a Sissy • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Guillermo Jorge Manuel Jose / Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partri • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Mamiferos (Mammals) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Desiertos/ Deserts • AKJ Books $8.75 1 $8.75
Aviones Caza/ Fighter Planes • AKJ Books $17.51 1 $17.51
Camiones De Bomberos/ Fire Trucks • AKJ Books $17.51 1 $17.51
El verano (Summer) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Las Estaciones del Ano/ Seasons of the Year • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
Veamos el invierno/ Let''s Look at Winter • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
Veamos el Otono/ Let''s Look at Fall • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
Veamos el Verano/ Let''s Look at Summer • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
Veamos la primavera/ Let''s Look at Spring • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
El verano / Summer • AKJ Books $16.05 1 $16.05
Arturo visita la casa blanca / Arthur Meets the President • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Barack Obama • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29

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