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Ms. Carpenter from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

39 Clues Club

My students need multiple copies of books from the 39 Clues series to form a lunch time book club.

  • $550 goal

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My Students

Teachers spend a lot of time worrying about the students who "don't get it",and, too often, there's not enough time left over to challenge the advanced students. We would like to form a book club based on the popular "39 Clues" series to engage our gifted and curious students.

Sometimes, they're your best student: the one with the perfect assignments and the neat homework.

Sometimes, they're the students who can hardly sit still, but offer the most brilliant comments during discussions and finish their work in five minutes. They are the advanced students and they need their brains worked! In our middle school, almost all our students are first generation immigrants, many of whom act as translators for their non-English speaking families. Many of them live in poverty. All the students are delightful little people with myriad gifts and talents. This project, however, focuses on the advanced students, who need more of a challenge than the typical classroom provides. The standard curriculum as taught at a pace suitable for most students is too simple and far too slow. Without authentic opportunities to flex their brains and extend their thinking, they won't reach their full intellectual potential.

My Project

Our book club will meet once weekly during lunch. The series "39 Clues" is exciting because it's interactive, making students participants in the story, using the provided clues to solve the mystery. These books are full of adventure and humor, and they manage to include lots of historical, geographical, scientific and cultural information along the way. The "39 Clues" series also has an a web site that allows readers to explore even further, engaging curious minds as they unravel the mystery at the center of the books.

Teaching 150 students each day means I'm stretched pretty thin.

Frequently, the majority of my time and attention is given to students who struggle behaviorally and academically, leaving little left for advanced students. Without opportunities to grow intellectually, gifted and advanced students will grow bored with school. By providing a book club where students can read, discuss ideas with their peers, and practice problem solving, we can help these students soar.

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Ms. Carpenter
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues Series #3) Peter Lerangis • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 5 $44.40
The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1) Rick Riordan • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 8 $71.04
One False Note (The 39 Clues Series #2) Gordon Korman • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 5 $44.40
Beyond the Grave (The 39 Clues Series #4) Jude Watson • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 5 $44.40
The Black Circle (The 39 Clues Series #5) Patrick Carman • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 5 $44.40
In Too Deep (The 39 Clues Series #6) Jude Watson • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 4 $35.52
The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues Series #8) Gordon Korman • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 3 $26.64
Storm Warning (The 39 Clues Series #9) Linda Sue Park • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 3 $26.64
The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues Series #7) Peter Lerangis • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 4 $35.52
Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues Series #10) Margaret Peterson Haddix • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 2 $17.76

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