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Mr. Holladay from Pleasant Hill OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Awakening Curiosity Through Authentic Experiences

My students need the variety of engaging texts and literacy activities found in a Storyworks subscription, as well as the chance to see the universe through a Celestron Travel Scope.

  • $279 goal

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My Students

My upcoming 5th graders bring with them a wide array of backgrounds, interests, strengths, and motivations. Some of them are already enthusiastic learners and are ready to hit the ground running. Some of them are working to overcome other challenges, so they, too, can catch the vision.

Being part of a class means being able to learn together and from each other.

Despite their differences and individual obstacles, my students are eager to be successful, driven to find their niche, and want to enjoy school and learning. We are ready to use our unique strengths and weaknesses to create a community where we can explore the world we live in and build skills that we can use to make it a better place.

My Project

Storyworks is a magazine-like subscription for students, which includes a wide range of genres and topics, perfect for building comprehension skills in multiple types of texts and exposing students to interesting, relevant, and rich reading material. The online resources, including videos to build background knowledge and differentiated versions of many of the articles (which can also be shared with students digitally), will help me better address the range of existing skill levels found in my class. My students will benefit from applying what they read into the debates, plays, discussions, and writing tasks that accompany the texts.

My goal with this project is to create experiences for my students that authentically connect to the skills and knowledge we are working to acquire.

As part of this, I am also requesting a Celestron Travel Scope and moon filter in order to send our investigations about the universe home with students at the end of the day. Not only will I be able to share my love of stargazing with my students in way that gives them the opportunity for genuine scientific inquiry based on what we learn in class, but students will develop and demonstrate responsibility as they learn to use and care for this science equipment.

Mr. Holladay
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 27 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Storyworks, Grades 4 - 6 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 6 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 4–6 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $8.25 13 $107.25
Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope • Amazon Business $74.65 1 $74.65
Neewer 1.25 inches 13 Percent Transmission Neutral Density Moon Filter, Aluminum Frame Plastic Thread Optical Glass Telescope Eyepiece Filter Helping Reduce Overall Brightness and Irradiation (Black) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99

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