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

We Wanna Read, Miss C.!

My students need a listening station, portable CD players and leveled science books.

  • $326 goal

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My Students

We wanna read, Miss C.! I hear their call, and I'm ready to answer. Please help my second graders overcome summer fatigue and begin the new year successfully. Shortened school days, aggressive curriculum, and limited resources present a challenge, but it is one we are ready to overcome.

Our school is located outside a densely populated, Midwest urban area and has faced tremendous budget cuts this year.

Teacher layoffs, and class sizes up to 35, present unique challenges for teachers and students alike. My goal is to make sure these cuts do not affect my students and their learning. My second graders are a special bunch. They are motivated, energetic, and eager to dive in and learn. I will provide them with a safe environment and encourage risk taking in their learning. Yet, with high expectations and fast-moving curriculum, many students are already behind, and many of their families lack the resources to help. For these families, after school tutoring is not possible, and some don't have the Internet to access educational websites at home. So, every minute in the classroom is vital. These are a deserving and needing group of students who will be thankful for any new piece of classroom material that will help them learn.

My Project

Creating a classroom listening station would provide an effective and unique way of increasing reading fluency. My classroom is not equipped for this type of learning center. Yet, many students are auditory learners and need to practice their independent reading with an auditory aid. With the items I have requested, my students will be able to choose books written at their own independent reading level, put on headphones, sit at our new listening station, and plug into a good book. They can suspend their worries, and tune out the classroom, while still getting quality reading practice and support. After the book is finished, I ask that they answer questions from the post-reading pocket chart, so I can assess their comprehension and make necessary adjustments. The additional requested books are mostly science-based because this subject gets minimal attention in our curriculum. With the blank CDs, I will record myself reading these books and cycle them in and out of the listening center.

Like many districts, we are faced with massive deficits.

Our classrooms are full of old, mismatched furniture, dated materials, and barely functioning computers. A new, working listening station will provide my students with something they don't often see. Having leveled books available will increase their chance of success, and these kids need to know what that feels like. Please help these deserving second graders tune into a good book and get the best reading education possible.

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Ms. Cronin
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ688 - Reader’s Response Pocket Chart Kit • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth (Magic School Bus Series) Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen, Bruce Degan • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Voyage to The Volcano (Magic School Bus Chapter Books Series #15) Judith Bauer Stamper, Joanna Cole, John Speirs (Illustrator), Based On Work by Joanna Cole, Based On Work by Bruce Degen • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Rain Forests: A Nonfiction Companion to Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (Magic School Bus Series) Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen, Bruce Degan • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow (Magic School Bus Series) Joanna Cole, Bruce Degan, Patricia Relf, Created by Bruce Degen • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
COMPUTERS BLANK DIGITAL MEDIA CD MEDIA 9270576 • Best Buy $6.99 1 $6.99
RE866 - The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $28.50 1 $28.50
RE352 - Amelia Bedelia CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $28.50 1 $28.50
RE572 - Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $28.50 1 $28.50

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