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Ms. Marber from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Thematic Adapted Books for Students With Autism III

My students need over a dozen books, including We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Giving Tree and The Other Kid, that are easily adaptable to meet their individualized goals for the school year.

  • $399 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our class is comprised of 8 amazing students with autism across three grade levels who learn in many different ways. Our students come from different wards from within DC, not just from the surrounding neighborhood. Our class is a self-contained classroom, which means that the majority of each students' learning takes place within our room. Many of our students also receive some instruction in the general education setting and are able to interact and socialize with their typically developing peers throughout the day.

Autism is a developmental disability that affects the way our students interact and communicate with others.

Autism is a spectrum disorder and our students' skills and abilities fall all over the range of the spectrum. We have students who are approaching grade level academically as well as students who are not yet communicating verbally. Each of our students is unique and has their own strengths, gifts, and support needs. All of our students need support in the areas of communication, behavior, social interaction, and daily living skills.

My Project

My students need over a dozen books, including We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Giving Tree and The Other Kid, that are easily adaptable to meet their individualized goals for the school year. Our students need access to books that can be adapted to meet their needs. During group instruction, our students benefit from the use of visual supports in addition to the pictures in books. In our class, one of the most effective ways to participate in reading, even for students that are not yet speaking, is to match picture icons to pictures in a book. These picture icons can be used to sequence parts of a story, retell parts of the book, make choices, answer questions, and increase attention and focus while participating. Stories become interactive rather than just passive. This allows our students to be engaged from the start. Many general education classes are able to quickly pick up a library book for instruction, but because additional visual supports are used in our room, we often need to velcro and laminate pages of the book, which unfortunately is not possible with borrowed books.

Your generous donation to our project will improve our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade self-contained autism classroom by building stronger receptive and expressive language, increasing focus and attention during instruction, and giving students access to a wide range of thematic stories.

This will change our students' lives for the better. They will be accessing new vocabulary and increasing their literacy skills, all while having fun learning!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Chick-o-Saurus Rex • Amazon Business $15.73 1 $15.73
Barnyard Fun • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
The Little Raindrop • Amazon Business $13.62 1 $13.62
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee (Woodbine House Special-Needs Collection) • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
My Friend with Autism: Enhanced Edition with FREE CD of Coloring Pages! • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
If You Give a Pig a Pancake • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (If You Give... Books) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
If You Give a Dog a Donut • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
If You Give a Moose a Muffin • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
If You Give a Mouse a Brownie (If You Give... Books) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
If You Give a Pig a Party • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
The Giving Tree • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Other Kid • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Eli's Lie-O-Meter: A Story About Telling the Truth • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
If You Take a Mouse to School • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (Beginner Books(R)) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
How to Catch the Easter Bunny • Amazon Business $8.13 1 $8.13
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
My Friend Has Autism (Friends with Disabilities) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Miss Fox's Class Goes Green • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Perfect Pet • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
We're Going on a Bear Hunt • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Why Should I Recycle? (Why Should I? Books) • Amazon Business $4.32 1 $4.32
Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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