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Ms. Simmons from Geneva OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Do You Mean I Don't Know How to Read!

My students need literature to improve all areas of comprehension and make meaning of what they read.

  • $954 goal

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My Students

I teach in a resource room with a range between 6-14 students who experience significant learning disabilities. Our school is considered to be highly economically disadvantaged. My students love to learn, have an amazing sense of humor, are inquisitive, but most of all they care about their learning. My goals for the resource room are to help these students meet their learning needs at their instructional level, develop social skills and make real-life connections.

Our unit displays an array of learning needs and styles.

These students are eager to learn new strategies and implement them. Each student is learning to take accountability for their learning.

They are learning how to make responsible choices that impact their learning.

Because these same students come to my resource room on a yearly basis, they have developed a unique sibling-like family relationship. I am continually amazed how these students are able to pull together and help each other. As their teacher, it is my job to better serve my students any way I can to help them become better learners and meet their individual needs.

My Project

These materials will make a difference in my students' learning when applied in a Reading Workshop: Reading with Meaning. Increasing literature is essential so that we can create a classroom that nurtures literacy motivation by integrating choice, collaboration and literacy tasks. Having access to rich and abundant materials for the students to read is a powerful tool for student motivation. I envision my students learning how to read and to think about what they are reading. Students will make connections, ask questions, draw inferences, synthesize information, learn the signals of confusion while reading, visual what they are reading, access background knowledge and increase their vocabulary.

We learn about ourselves as readers when we pay attention to what is going on inside our head.

Reading issues are often disguised. Some students are resistive readers where they can read but they don't want to. Some readers are word callers that can decode words but can't remember anything they read. Many of us, even adults, are "fake" readers where we are going through the motions. Often times, we don't have a purpose for reading. Readers determine what is important based on their purpose, having a purpose determines what is remembered. I would like to construct a plan for my students to use to help themselves make sense of their reading and use reading strategies to help them gain knowledge from their reading. I want my students to know how to go beyond the words.

Having additional literature resources will enable my students to have a wider variety of books to choose from. It is important that students are engaged while they are reading through choosing books of their interest. Students will be able to make connections to themselves and to the real-world.

Ms. Simmons
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
James and the Giant Peach • AKJ Education $18.97 1 $18.97
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Growing Patterns • AKJ Education $16.16 1 $16.16
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Because of Winn-Dixie • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work Skeletons and How They Work • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Fantastic Mr. Fox and Other Animal Stories • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Holes • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship The Language of Friendship • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Alphabet Adventure • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Ish • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? • AKJ Education $13.14 1 $13.14
Jazz Baby • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Truckery Rhymes • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Oliver Button Is a Sissy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
LMNO Peas • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
How Rocket Learned to Read • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Silly Sally • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
A Ball for Daisy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Recess Queen • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
llama ilama red pajama • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Life-Size Zoo From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Little Yellow Leaf • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Red Book • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Mouse and the Motorcycle CD • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Chalk • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Wave • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
If Rocks Could Sing A Discovered Alphabet • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
The Falling Raindrop • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Odd Velvet • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Shiloh • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Farmer's Garden Rhymes for Two Voices • AKJ Education $9.86 1 $9.86
Under One Rock Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs • AKJ Education $8.06 1 $8.06
Little Rabbit Foo Foo • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
There's a Wocket in My Pocket • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Dr seuss oh say can you say • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Dr. Seuss's ABC • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Prehistoric Actual Size • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Bugs Up Close • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
I Went Walking • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Duck! Rabbit! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Koala Lou • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chrysanthemum • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Actual Size • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Animals Nobody Loves • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Looking Down • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pancakes for Breakfast • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Lady With The Alligator Purse • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Five Little Ducks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Mary Mack • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tough Boris • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
How to Heal a Broken Wing • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Let's Go Visiting • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Hops? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
We're Going on a Bear Hunt • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Old Black Fly • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
In the Tall, Tall Grass • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Itsy Bitsy Spider • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Ice Bear Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Amber on the Mountain • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
A, My Name Is Alice • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
One Tiny Turtle Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Bat Loves the Night Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Hush, Little Baby A Folk Song with Pictures • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
My Lucky Day • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Almost Gone The World's Rarest Animals • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Spiders (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Nic Bishop #2) • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Lion and the Mouse • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Magic Fish • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Circle of Friends • AKJ Education $3.09 1 $3.09

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