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Ms. Urben
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Future Belongs to Those Who Are Bilingual!

My students need 32 children's books in Spanish to help them become fully bilingual and biliterate.

My Students

"This is not just a research report, this is a wakeup call...We use the word astounding in the title because we have been truly amazed at the elevated student outcomes resulting from participation in dual language programs...dual language closes the academic achievement gap" (Collier & Thomas, 2004)

My students are second graders in a dual language program.

My school has adopted a dual language model, the model research has shown most effective in raising the literacy achievement of English language learners, as opposed to an ESL pullout or transitional bilingual program. Students learn in Spanish for 100% of the day in kindergarten, 90% of the day in 1st grade, 80% in 2nd grade and so on. By the time they reach fifth grade, native and non-native speakers alike are able to read, write, and communicate fluently in both English and Spanish. I am proud to be a part of such an innovative program; and am continually amazed at what students' little brains are able to handle at such a young age!

My Project

I am requesting more children's books for our classroom library. In order for dual language programs to be successful, students must be completely immersed in literature from both languages. Unfortunately Spanish books are much more expensive than English titles, which can create an imbalance. It is important that students have access to a wide range of texts from a variety of genres in order to develop a rich vocabulary. While most students come from Spanish-speaking households, many students do not. I have selected many bilingual children's books so that students are able to read the English and Spanish print side by side. For my Spanish-speakers, I have made a special effort to include books that will illicit pride in their Hispanic heritage.

Becoming bilingual opens up countless doors; not only career opportunities, but opportunities for cross-cultural friendships and understanding.

Thank you for taking in interest in my students, the global citizens of tomorrow!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mouse and the Motorcycle (Spanish edition), The • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
El Libro de las Nubes Tomie dePaola, Teresa Mlawer (Translat • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Barcos vikingos al amanecer • AKJ Books $3.86 1 $3.86
Salsa Stories (cuentos con Sazon) • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
El Muchacho En LA Gaveta/the Boy in the Drawer • AKJ Books $4.64 1 $4.64
Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna Lois Ehlert, Amy Prince (Transla • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
The Usborne First Thousand Words in Spanish: With Easy Pronu • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
La Colcha de los Recuerdos Patricia Polacco, Teresa Mlawer ( • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
El Ciclo de Vida de la Rana Bobbie Kalman, Kathryn Smithyman • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Junie B. Jones duerme en una mansion • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Junie B. Jones es una peluquera • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
Junie B. Jones tiene un monstruo debajo de la cama (Junie B. • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
La fiesta de las tortillas Jorge Argueta, Maria Jesus Alvare • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Los Volcanes de la Tierra / Volcanoes on Earth • AKJ Books $6.98 1 $6.98
Zool gico de poemas (Poetry Zoo) Margarita Montalvo, Marg • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La mujer que brillaba aun mas q • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Una momia al amanecer (Mummies in the Morning) Mary Pope Osb • AKJ Books $3.86 1 $3.86
Subira Subira Tololwa M. Mollel, Linda Saport (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $4.64 1 $4.64
Silbale a Willie/Whistle for Willie • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Las Aventuras Del Capitan Calzoncillos (The Adventures of Ca • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
La Visita del Sr. Azucar Harriet Rohmer, Enrique Chagoya (Il • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Angel''s Kite/la Estrella de Angel Alberto Blanco, Rodolfo Mo • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas (Tales Our Abuelitas T • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
Carlos and the Cornfield / Carlos y la milpa de maiz Jan Rom • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Crisantemo (Chrysanthemum) Kevin Henkes, Teresa Mlawer (Tran • AKJ Books $7.41 1 $7.41
El Patito Feo / The Ugly Duckling • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
Un caso grave de rayas (A Bad Case of Stripes) David Shannon • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
A Girl Named Helen Keller: SPANISH Una Nina Llamada Helen Keller • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
My Abuelita Tony Johnston, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
Strega Nona (Spanish Edition) Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Qu locura por la lectura! Judy Sierra, Yanitzia Cane • AKJ Books $12.47 1 $12.47
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything: La viejecita • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45

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This project will reach 25 students.

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