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Mrs. Polzella from Elmont NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Young Authors

My students need 17 dictionaries in order to help them expand their vocabulary in both reading and writing.

  • $319 goal

This project expired on July 8, 2013.

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My Students

Do you remember the first time you wrote a story? Do you remember the satisfaction and confidence that went along with that accomplishment? My third graders are working hard on publishing their own stories in our classroom.

My co-teaching classroom consists of seventeen third-graders.

They have so much ambition and always yearn to do better than they are already doing. Their passion for learning inspires me to be the best teacher I can be, and I want to do everything I can to get them the materials they need to surpass their goals. Many of my students come from families who may not be able to afford books or dictionaries, and having these materials would be a true luxury. I know they will be so thankful to have dictionaries to help them expand their vocabulary during reading and writing.

My Project

Many of my students have disabilities, and they learn in many different ways. Dictionaries will help them understand some difficult words in their reading, and will allow them to use more complex, grade-level vocabulary while writing. My students have begun to participate in writer's workshop, and they are taught to use new words they see in their reading and apply it in their writing. Dictionaries will allow students to look up new and difficult words so that they are able to expand their vocabulary and comprehension of a variety of texts. They will learn how to search for answers rather than asking their teachers to give them the answers.

By donating towards this project, you can help seventeen young authors and readers understand the complexity of their curriculum based upon the Common Core Standards.

Using dictionaries is a valuable life-skill that will be useful for the rest of these students' school-careers and eventually their careers as adults.

Mrs. Polzella
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary for Children 2010 (Paperback) • Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. $13.95 17 $237.15

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