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Ms. H. from Lynn MA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Vocabulary Building for Improved Literacy

My students need small group games and center activities to improve their reading, vocabulary and grammar.

  • $512 goal

This project expired on December 28, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

On average children living in poverty hear fewer than a third of the words heard by children from higher-income families . When extrapolated to the words heard by a child within the first four years of their life these results reveal a 30 million word difference. (Hart, B. & Risley, T.R.)

The majority of the students in my urban district school receive free or reduced lunch and are considered to be living in poverty.

The majority are first or second generation immigrants whose first language is not English. Due to these adversities, they lack the resources to develop their reading skills at home and their vocabulary knowledge is far below grade level. Each of these children, however, has a genuine desire to learn.

My Project

Small group, partner and individual games enable students to manipulate words and provide exposure to vocabulary in a fun and exciting way. Many of my students are struggling readers and need small group support through guided reading. With 29 students in a classroom, it can be difficult to find the time to closely monitor each child's strengths and weaknesses in reading and writing. In order to work with students in small groups, the remaining students need engaging activities that are fun and independent. The materials I am requesting will be a great supplement to the curriculum, keeping children engaged and learning while working in small groups.

My students need intensive vocabulary and reading support.

These interactive, self correcting games and activities will give them the exposure they need to further their learning. In addition, they will allow me to work more intensively on reading groups and focus intervention where it is needed.

Ms. H.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Best Seller Series #2, Red Level 2.0 - 3.5 • $107.94 1 $107.94
Educational Insights Hot Dots Pen • $9.34 6 $56.04
Blurt! The Websters Game of Word Racing! • $24.64 1 $24.64
Carson-Dellosa Colorful File Folder Games Grade 3 • $22.94 1 $22.94
WCA Vocabulary Skills Word Pond I • $21.24 1 $21.24
Educational Insights Hot Dots High Frequency Words Card Set 40/Set • $20.39 1 $20.39
Grammar Minutes Gr. 3 • $14.44 1 $14.44
That's Baloney! Game, Grade 3 • $14.44 1 $14.44
Engage the Brain Games Grade 3 • $14.44 1 $14.44
Key Education Sight Word Space Station Board Game • $13.59 1 $13.59
Scholastic Nonfiction Passages with Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice, Grade 2 • $13.59 1 $13.59
Educational Insights Hot Dots for Literacy Reading, Set 4: Using Context Clues • $13.59 1 $13.59
Classwords Vocabulary Game, Grade 2 • $12.74 1 $12.74
Word Hangman • $12.74 1 $12.74
Educational Insights Hot Dots Academic Vocabulary Card Sets Grades 1-3 • $11.89 1 $11.89
Educational Insights Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Spelling Card Grades 1 - 3 • $10.19 1 $10.19
Edupress Brain Blasters Practice Cards Grade 3 • $8.49 1 $8.49
Practice Makes Perfect: Punctuate and Capitalize, Grade 3 • $5.09 1 $5.09

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