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Ms. Dobson from Alexandria VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Talking Through Story Telling

Help me give my students access to a language rich experience through story books!

  • $275 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is classified as Title I, meaning that the students come from low-income households. My students have speech and language disorders and special learning needs. They are also ethnically and linguistically diverse.

I feel incredibly lucky to work with my students.

Some of the students I work with have difficulty saying certain speech sounds. For example, if they struggle with /r/, "rainbow" becomes "wainbow." The majority of my students have language disorders related to developmental delay, autism, or other health impairment. The severity of language impairments of my students ranges from mild to profound. Yet I am able to connect with all of my students through shared reading activities.

Story books are wonderful teaching tools for providing contextually embedded vocabulary instruction, story grammar, and much more!

My Project

I am a second-year speech therapist in the school system. Through research into narrative development teaching tools, I found the Story Grammar Marker by MindWing Concepts, Inc. The SGM is an interactive teaching tool to help students understand story elements such as character, setting, kickoff, plan, feeling, actions, direct consequence, and resolution and how they integrate. Research shows that the use of narratives in instruction is appropriate for students. The books I selected for this project are perfect for teaching narratives and plot structure.

My personal professional goal for next school year is to work on students' language skills by using story books.

Research shows that use of literature in instruction is especially helpful in teaching speech and language skills like describing, sequencing story steps and retelling narratives.

Ms. Dobson
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 30 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection • AKJ Education $36.46 1 $36.46
Bear Feels Sick • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Rainbow Fish • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Bear Wants More • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Bear Feels Scared • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Let Me Finish! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Elmer • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Go Away, Big Green Monster! • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
From Head to Toe • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Gigantic Turnip • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Today Is Monday • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Great Fuzz Frenzy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Went Walking • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Grouchy Ladybug • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Froggy Gets Dressed • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Spot Goes to School (color) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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