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Ms. O'Laughlin from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories Come Alive for the First Graders

My students need 20+ interesting, well-written books with Cd's to be used with in our MP3 listening centers so the students can learn new things through the magic of stories.

  • $400 goal

This project expired on September 29, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The magic of a well told story is priceless! Many cultures around the world have a rich storytelling tradition that teaches children from generation to generation. In our busy, fast paced lives we have lost this art. These book sets will bring the magic of learning through stories to first grade.

My students come from loving homes where parents work hard to provide for their families.

They live in a relatively impoverished neighborhood in an urban setting. The children are bright, curious and eager to learn. The school they attend provides only very basic materials and does not have any money for teachers to purchase any materials. We are a large urban school district that is facing drastic funding cuts next year. There will be even less opportunity to fund classroom projects next year. Donors Choose is our only opportunity to enrich the learning in our classroom.

My Project

Imagine students curled up on the warm, woolly rug in the sunshine listening to a well told story with lovely music filling the background. Rabbit Ears stories are incredible! I bought one book and cd set when my daughter was young and we were dazzled. The stories are read by celebrities such as Meryl Streep and Whoopie Goldberg. The music is by Lyle Mays or Herbie Hancock. All this adds up to the most incredible storytelling with background music that enhances the stories. These are very traditional, pedagogical tales told in the most lively, rich format. The Read, Listen & Learn series tell stories about animals that teach the children about the quality of the animals in a storytelling format. The writing is rich in descriptive language and the pictures in the books are beautifully illustrated. The students will learn about animal lives, metamorphosis and life cycles through engaging, well written stories.

A very important aspect of literacy is fluency.

When children listen to stories and follow along with a book it helps them to understand what fluent reading sounds like. The students can learn the stories and read along with their favorite stories. I love beautiful language and rich storytelling. My father would tell me stories as I child and developed a deep love of language, poetry and stories. I would love to share this experience with my students through these books and Cd's.

Ms. O'Laughlin
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly • AKJ Books $25.21 1 $25.21
Insects That Work Together • AKJ Books $25.21 1 $25.21
The Life Cycle of a Frog • AKJ Books $25.21 1 $25.21
The Life Cycle of a Honeybee • AKJ Books $25.21 1 $25.21
What Is a Bat? • AKJ Books $25.21 1 $25.21
Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales: Volume 3 • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32
Rabbit Ears Tales of Brer Rabbit • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32
Rabbit Ears Treasury of Animal Stories • AKJ Books $15.56 1 $15.56
Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32
Lilly''s Big Day and Other Stories: 9 Stories Kevin Henkes, P • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Bat Loves the Night Nicola Davies, Sarah Fox-Davies (Illustr • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Tigress • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
All Pigs Are Beautiful • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Gentle Giant Octopus • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Growing Frogs • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Ice Bear • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
One Tiny Turtle with Audio, Peggable: Read, Listen & Wonder • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Surprising Sharks • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Think of an Eel • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
T. Rex • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
The Emperor&apos • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Big Blue Whale • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Sea Horse With Audio, Peggable • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Rabbit Ears Stories By Beatrix Potter • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32
Rabbit Ears Tales of Brer Rabbit • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32

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