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Mr. Alvarado from Glendale AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading is Addictive! Feed the Craving

My students need a classroom set of books to read independently or with the help of my assistant. I will also be reading aloud to them in class. They are ELL students.

  • $322 goal

This project expired on December 8, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My goal for my students is to teach them common everyday survival vocabulary and academic vocabulary so that they can be successful in school and later after they graduate from high school. The more I can stimulate their love for reading- the better they can excel.

I teach at a high that is made up of 95% free or reduced lunch population and we (the HS) just received our very first "A" Grade for Over-performing schools in our district.

I teach non-English speakers and non-readers of English, so it's imperative that they continue to get as much exposure to the English language in the limited time they are with me. I believe instilling a love of learning to read will help them become better writers and speakers of the English language. My classes consist of Iraqi refugees, students from Mexico and a smattering of Asian students. Teaching them how to read, write and carry on a fluid conversation is my desire for them before they leave my classroom. And I push them to leave as soon as possible so that they can obtain the necessary credits to graduate in 4 years.

My Project

Even though I teach at the high school level- my students are performing in language at about a kindergarten or first grade level. My goal is to push them to advance at least three to four grade levels from where they entered. This requires extensive language learning 4 hours a day in English. I teach the Reading component of their day. It's my desire to expose them to Lexile appropriate reading level books along with academic vocabulary to further their education. It's a challenge I enjoy and it's a challenge that is rewarding intrinsically (especially when I see them move ahead in English).

Providing these books is a step in a long journey to acquire the English language.

By making these books available- they have a similar starting point as most English speaking students. They will have access to have a library of books to choose from whenever they have finished their work to read over and over again. Plus, I love to read aloud to my students (it's almost a lost art today). Students enjoy listening to their teachers read to them. My hope is that they develop a love for reading.

Mr. Alvarado
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 45 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) • Amazon $25.25 1 $25.25
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon $10.75 2 $21.50
Bugs in My Hair! • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know • Amazon $12.64 1 $12.64
Too Much Glue • Amazon $10.72 1 $10.72
First Human Body Encyclopedia (Dk First Reference Series) • Amazon $10.61 1 $10.61
The Giving Tree • Amazon $10.39 1 $10.39
Instant Personal Poster Sets: Read All About Me: 30 Big Write-and-Read Learning Posters Ready for Kids to Personalize and Display With Pride! • Amazon $9.16 1 $9.16
Scholastic TF2502 Months of the Year Chart • Amazon $9.09 1 $9.09
Instant Personal Poster Sets: Read All About Me: 30 Big Write-and-Read Learning Posters Ready for Kids to Personalize and Display With Pride! • Amazon $8.56 1 $8.56
Teacher Created Resources Shapes Chart, Multi Color (7607) • Amazon $8.53 1 $8.53
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon $8.43 1 $8.43
There's a Wocket in My Pocket (Bright & Early Books(R)) • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Only One You • Amazon $7.32 1 $7.32
My Body (Science Books) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Very Hungry Caterpillar • Amazon $6.59 1 $6.59
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids • Amazon $6.39 1 $6.39
The Pencil • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself) • Amazon $5.07 1 $5.07
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon $4.51 1 $4.51
The Little Engine That Could (Little Letters Edition) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon $4.48 1 $4.48
We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street) (Pictureback(R)) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Love You Forever • Amazon $3.33 1 $3.33

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