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Mrs. Francis from Elkton VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Battle of the Books: March Madness Style

My students need sets of new and popular books on their reading level to battle in a March Madness bracket. This will motivate and encourage real reading during the months of February and March.

  • $160 goal

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My Students

I teach a fun and energetic group of 17 students in my reading class. Most of the students are boys who are all about sports- baseball, basketball, football- you name it. (And they can tell you all about the latest stats, players, and plays!) Even my girls are sporty and into the latest and greatest recess games. (Wall Ball anyone?) Here is my question: is there a way to translate my students' passion for sports into a passion for reading?

My goal is inspired by my students' excitement with sports; so I propose a new book reading challenge- "March Madness" style!

My Project

I want to motivate my students to read popular and exciting books on their independent reading levels. Many of these books are either not available in our school library or are in high demand, which makes them difficult to find and enjoy. Additionally, many of these new books are graphic novels- a new favorite style among my students.

For our "March Madness" bracket challenge, students will read two books that are matched against each other and then vote on their favorite.

Over the course of February and March, students will read and vote on their favorite matches, two at a time, to build a bracket of books along the way. Overall, students will have the opportunity to read eight or nine new books for our bracket challenge and they will practice writing skills by summarizing their favorites to defend their winning choices of each book battle.

My students are great kids who will enjoy the opportunity to read new books in a fun and exciting way. I am looking forward to this book challenge and I know my students will be motivated by the competitive sports themed of the bracket challenge!

Mrs. Francis
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 17 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Unicorn on a Roll (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 2): Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure • Amazon Business $7.17 2 $14.34
Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco: Lunch Lady #6 • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) • Amazon Business $6.69 2 $13.38
Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) • Amazon Business $6.40 2 $12.80
Ghosts • Amazon Business $5.67 2 $11.34
The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #7) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
My Weirdest School #9: Miss Tracy Is Spacey! • Amazon Business $3.89 2 $7.78
The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys #5) • Amazon Business $4.11 1 $4.11

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