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Ms. Cunningham from Sunrise FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Always A Good Read

Help me give my students the world on paper; we really need books!

  • $565 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kids are a diverse group of 4th graders who share the fact that they come from homes where many of the families struggle financially. Our school is designated Title I with almost all students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. The parents are involved to the best of their abilities, as their work and our school schedules don't always match up, so volunteers and donations are not plentiful, but they do try!

I try to teach the kids the value of hard work and learning as much as you can in order to get ahead in life.

I would like to make their learning as much fun as possible. Having the necessary supplies in the classroom is paramount to easing the stress and making the learning environment a fun and safe place. Too often, children go home worried about resources. I'd like school to be a place they don't have to worry about having enough!

My Project

Reading is one of the most important skills we learn. Reading books opens the world to us, allowing us to experience things we might never have known about if we relied on our personal life events to bring us to every possibility. In my classroom, I use picture books to teach my students because they are engaging, colorful, and simpler than chapter books; but they still expose the kids to the information that they need to learn. More than half of my kids have scored below a 3 on the state test and they struggle with reading. The picture/mentor texts are easier to understand yet still complex enough to offer a challenge in learning the skills that the standards require us to teach, and that good readers need to become successful.

I have been accessing many of the picture/mentor texts that I use via youtube, but it is difficult for my students to look for things in the text while the book is being read aloud on Youtube.

We really need to have at least one copy of the book available for kids to hold in their hand and look for details, figurative language, character traits, etc.

By donating to this project, you are broadening our horizons--bringing us the world on paper!

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Junkyard Wonders • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
I Wanna New Room • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
I Wanna Iguana • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
I Wanna Go Home • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
I Need My Monster • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Wretched Stone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Paperboy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Owl Moon • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Verdi • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Henry's Freedom Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Come on, Rain • AKJ Education $12.34 1 $12.34
Knots on a Counting Rope • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Olive, My Love • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Stela Luna / Stellaluna • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Babushka's Doll • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Three Snow Bears • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Trees of the Dancing Goats • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Mr. Lincoln's Way • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Mommies Say Shh! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
When Lightning Comes in a Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Butterfly • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rechenka's Eggs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
If You Find A Rock • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Trouble with Trolls • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Groundhog Gets a Say • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Thunder Cake • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Great-Aunt Arizona • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dandelions • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Roller Coaster • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Shortcut • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Rough-Face Girl • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Raft (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chicken Sunday • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gracias, Sr. Falker (Thank You, Mr. Falker) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Keeping Quilt • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Bee Tree • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Some Birthday! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
First Day Jitters • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Grandpa's Teeth • AKJ Education $5.19 1 $5.19
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • AKJ Education $5.19 1 $5.19
Fly Away Home • AKJ Education $5.19 1 $5.19
Fireflies • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Our Tree Named Steve • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Babushka Baba Yaga • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Saturdays and Teacakes • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07

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