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Mrs. Diaz from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Books in Our Native Language!

My students need books in their native language to build their comprehension using read-alouds.

  • $451 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember what it was like learning something challenging for the first time? You probably felt like you were stuck in an episode of Charlie Brown while your teacher droned, "Whaa-whaa-whaa" for what seemed like an eternity. Now imagine learning something in a language you don't understand.

I teach kindergarten to twenty-three English language learners in a high-poverty neighborhood in Chicago.

Most of my students are emergent readers and I am trying to prepare them for upcoming tests by teaching them comprehension skills while teaching them how to read. Although we have books in our classroom library, many of them are in English, which my students are just learning. Since so many of our students are Latino, it is crucial to have texts in their native language.

My Project

The books I am requesting will be used in order to have a wider selection for our daily read-aloud. Since my students attend school 180 days a year, I need to make sure I have a substantial amount of books in our library so they do not have to hear the same story over and over again. With these books, I will teach my students different comprehension skills, such as comparing and contrasting, cause and effect, predicting, and summarizing which they will eventually need to be familiar with in order to do well on their standardized assessments.

It is becoming increasing difficult to engage my students with stories that I read to them in the beginning of the year because now they are learning to recall more information.

When I pick up a story we have already read, my students always feel the need to remind me, "Teacher, we already read that one." These new books will engage my students in the storyline, resulting in better comprehension and a smooth start to our day!

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Mrs. Diaz
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Spanish Language Holidays (6 bk set) • AKJ Books $58.31 1 $58.31
Spanish Language Favorite Author: Roald Dahl (4 bk set) • AKJ Books $33.43 1 $33.43
EL raton de campo y el raton de ciudad • AKJ Books $20.69 1 $20.69
El Ciclo De Vida De La Lombriz De Tierra/ Life Cycle of an E • AKJ Books $18.45 1 $18.45
Medio Pollito / Half Chick • AKJ Books $16.19 1 $16.19
Corduroy (Spanish Language Edition) Don Freeman • AKJ Books $5.10 3 $15.30
UN Bolsillo Para Corduroy/Pocket for Corduroy • AKJ Books $5.10 3 $15.30
Cayendo hacia arriba (Spanish Edition) • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
Fancy Nancy: Nancy la Elegante Jane O''Connor, Robin Preiss G • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
A Chair for Always • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Durango, Durango • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Walter El Perro Pedorrero • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
El novio de la bruja (Spanish Edition) • AKJ Books $10.79 1 $10.79
Sopa de raton / Mouse Soup • AKJ Books $9.89 1 $9.89
Sopa de raton / Mouse Soup • AKJ Books $9.89 1 $9.89
Los dinosaurios / Dinosaurs • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Crias de animales/ Baby animal • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Mirame crecer / See Me Grow • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Un Dia Feliz / Happy Day • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Oye, Hormiguita • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Circulo De Las Calabazas, El • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
La peque a locomotora que s pudo Watt • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
La noche que se cayo la luna/ The Night the Moon Fell • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
The Hare and the Tortoise (La Liebre y la Tortuga) Chronicle • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tiranosaurio Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex) • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
El Gallo De Bodas/the Bossy Gallito • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Otto se presenta para presidente/ Otto Runs For President • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
About Dinosaurs / Acerca de los dinosaurios • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Que Hacen los Maestros?: (Despues de Que Te Vas de la Escuela) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
La Tortuga Tonta • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05

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