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Ms. Bowen from Manteca CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Anchoring Our Learning: Help Us Become Better Readers and Writers

My students need a magnetic mobile whiteboard with an adjustable flipchart easel and mentor texts to gain the confidence and skills to become better readers and writers.

  • $513 goal

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My Students

For the 2017-2018 school year, my classroom has been home to 102 fifth graders. Our school is located in a low-socioeconomic neighborhood and 42% of our fifth graders are English Language Learners. My students face challenges both inside and outside of the school environment. Despite the many challenges my students face, they continue to try their best in my English Language Arts class.

My hope for my students is to create life-long readers and writers.

A common challenge that many of my students struggle with is reading and writing. My students' reading levels range from beginning reader to at grade-level.

My Project

The magnetic mobile whiteboard with an adjustable flipchart easel will allow students to be able to visualize and monitor their learning while reading and writing in a small group setting. For example, together the students and I will create anchor charts before, during, and after reading aloud the mentor texts in order to track our thinking as a reader. The flipchart easel piece will make it easy for students to refer back to the charts we have created while also utilizing the whiteboard to track other important information such as vocabulary words, questions, and predictions.

I know that my students will be successful readers and writers if they are exposed to books that are engaging.

The mentor texts will allow me to better teach comprehension skills and strategies such as author's point of view, author's purpose, compare and contrast, cause and effect, inference, problem/solution, sequence, theme, and visualize in a more appealing way.

Students learn best when they are provided with examples. These mentor texts will allow me to teach what good writers do. My students will be successful if they are writing a persuasive essay and have been given examples of real books that focus on persuasive topics such as the text I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff.

My fifth grade students will be engaged readers and quality writers when they are exposed to meaningful mentor texts.

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

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This project will reach 102 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magnetic Mobile Whiteboard - 40x28 inches Whiteboard on Wheels with Stand, Height Adjustable Dry Erase Easel Board Flipchart Easel Whiteboard with Marker Tray, 1 Eraser, 3 Markers, 6 Magnets • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
The Wretched Stone • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $14.10 1 $14.10
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
I Wanna New Room • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $13.53 1 $13.53
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $11.42 1 $11.42
Voices in the Park • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Baseball Saved Us • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fly Away Home • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
The Memory String • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
Canoe Days • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Perfect Pet • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
No Lie, Pigs (and Their Houses) Can Fly!: The Story of the Three Little Pigs as Told by the Wolf (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Nothing Ever Happens On 90th Street • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Fireflies • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
My Great-Aunt Arizona • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks!: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53

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