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Ms. Erlendson from Santa Clara CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Teacher Materials

My students need flexible seating and more books and audiobooks in the classroom.

  • $2,351 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

As a special education teacher, I strive to help my students become productive and successful members of society. Not only do we work very hard on academics but we also work on building compassion for ourselves and others. Our class maintains a wholesome learning approach where academics are tied to social skills and empathy-building. In our class, engaging and interactive projects drive the motivation to learn and succeed. I am constantly striving to help my students become independent, productive and collaborative members of society.

My Project

I am trying to build my classroom into an efficient and effective reader's and writer's workshop. A flexible seating arrangement will be perfect to help students with diverse sensory and kinesthetic needs. These flexible seating items include wobble chairs, bean bags, stack stools, floor seats, and kneeling mats (for kneeling on the floor while working). Studies have shown that students reading level is more likely to improve when given a vast amount of books to choose from in their classroom library. Reading fluency can also improve when students are given the opportunity to books being read aloud to them. The following items have been added to my project to allow students to have a choice in books and listening to books: CD players, read along audio books (varies in reading levels), and a 5-way multi-headphone splitter. The small book rack and book bags will be used to store the audiobooks (it will also allow students to easily flip through each audiobook and choose a book to listen to). The wooden bookshelf will also allow me to display books that have been read in class so that students will be able to find these books easily in the classroom library.

Instead of relying on desks for workstations, the whiteboard clipboards will allow students to choose where they would like to solve problems and complete assignments.

Lastly, I also requested items to help me make teaching more efficient. These items included a tripod whiteboard, mini-magnetic easel, and Mr. Sketch markers. The tripod whiteboard will be used for lessons in our rug area and the mini whiteboards will be set up at each table for station work with my aides. The markers are for making anchor charts that will allow students to remember our class discussions.

Ms. Erlendson
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Standard Classic Bean Bag Chair, Black (35") • Amazon Business $82.00 2 $164.00
Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair, Made in the USA, Active Sitting for all ages, Toddler thru Pre-Teen; Kids don't have to sit still anymore - The BEST seat in any Classroom! - Blue - Junior (16in) • Amazon Business $79.99 2 $159.98
RE905X - Informational Text Read-Alongs - Level 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $139.00 1 $139.00
RE665X - Informational Text Read-Alongs - Level 3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $139.00 1 $139.00
RE810X - My First Informational Text Read-Alongs - Set 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $139.00 1 $139.00
RE855X - Informational Text Read-Alongs - Level 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $139.00 1 $139.00
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $50.73 2 $101.46
LC405BU - Flex-Space Comfy Floor Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 2 $99.98
Nosiva Tripod Whiteboard - 24x36 Inches Magnetic Dry Erase Board/Flipchart Easel With Black Aluminum Frame, Lightweight White Boards, Height Adjustable Whiteboard (Black) • Amazon Business $87.99 1 $87.99
GPX PC807B Personal Portable MP3/CD Player with Anti-Skip Protection with Stereo Earbuds, Black/Gray • Amazon Business $25.42 3 $76.26
Listen Along Book and CD Set (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $73.06 1 $73.06
Fairy Tale Book and CD Set (Set of 9) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $67.96 1 $67.96
Dr. Seuss Book and CD Set (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $50.11 1 $50.11
Clipboard Dry Erase Surface 9'' x 12.5'' Letter Size Low Profile Clip Whiteboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $42.95 1 $42.95
I Can Read Book and CD Set (Set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $42.46 1 $42.46
EduKid Toys MAGNETIC EASEL & WHITEBOARD • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
How Do Dinosaurs Book and CD Set (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Read-Aloud Book and CD Set (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Eric Carle Book and CD Set (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Garden Kneeler Pad by InSassy - Kneeling Mat for Gardening, Baby Bath, Yoga, Prayers & Exercise - High Density Foam Kneeler - Available in 3 Sizes - Large - Extra Large - Largest & Thickest, Green • Amazon Business $8.77 3 $26.31
Small Book Rack • Kaplan Early Learning Company $25.46 1 $25.46
Yescom Wood Kids Book Shelf Sling Storage Rack Organizer Bookcase Display Holder Walnut • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Extra Large Big Book Bags (Set of 10) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $20.36 1 $20.36
AmazonBasics 5-Way Multi Headphone Splitter, Black • Amazon Business $6.59 2 $13.18
Mr. Sketch 1905069 Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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