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

Stories and Songs: Building Our Music Library

Help me give my students age-appropriate literature for the music classroom to learn about the types of instruments, different musical genres, and famous musicians.

  • $618 goal

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My Students

Specialist teachers have a unique job, in that we get to teach all students in the building. Over the course of four years, I get to watch these children mature, grow, and bloom. Our school environment is one where students are challenged and encouraged to do their best learning, with the support of their teachers and peers.

I have found that students learn best when they are in a fun, safe, and supportive learning environment.

In the course of one week, all 450 students attend music class. My students are kind, comical, and caring, and fully engaged with our music learning. They are eager to show off any musical skills they are learning outside of school and love to perform music for others.

My Project

I want to expand the music classroom library to allow students to broaden their musical knowledge while fostering a love of reading. By providing students with a variety of books (picture books, sound stories, biographies) students will have the opportunity to read about topics we might not get a chance to cover during the school year. They can choose books that interest them and that are at an accessible reading level.

Read, sing, play!

I plan to use these books in several ways. Students will be able to choose a book to read independently when they have completed their assignments. Some books will be loaned out to students, and some will remain the classroom. I plan to build Standards-based instrumental lesson plans around many of the books to incorporate music curriculum topics like rhythmic notation, composition, and performance.

My students love to sing and love to play instruments. Connecting visuals to music, and music to literacy, will allow me to reach all learners in a new engaging ways.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Can You Hear It? • Amazon Business $19.06 1 $19.06
The Rocket's Red Glare (Book and CD) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Going, Going, Gone!: And Other Silly Dilly Sports Songs • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Risseldy, Rosseldy (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.76 1 $16.76
The Carnival of the Animals (Book & CD) • Amazon Business $16.33 1 $16.33
Violet's Music • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
Goldi Rocks & the Three Bears • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $15.72 1 $15.72
When You Wish Upon a Star • Amazon Business $15.55 1 $15.55
Symphony City • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Jazz (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $15.14 1 $15.14
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Candlewick Biographies: Ella Fitzgerald • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Harold Finds a Voice • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Tap Tap Boom Boom • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido D'Arezzo • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Singing in the Rain • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
88 Instruments • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
I Got the Rhythm • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Music Class Today! • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Dem Bones (Avenues) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Say Zoop! • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
One Love • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Music Is . . . • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Peter Tchaikovsky (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Ludwig Van Beethoven (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
John Philip Sousa (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Johann Sebastian Bach (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80
What a Wonderful World • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Where Did They Hide My Presents?: Silly Dilly Christmas Songs • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Can You Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner"? (Cloverleaf Books: Our American Symbols) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Manuelo, the Playing Mantis • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
20 Sing-Along Stories • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong--as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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