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Mrs. Martindale from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Battle of the Books (Reading Program)

My students need 44 books. Teams will read 44, write a review, study and compete against other teams in the Grade Battle. Reading/Writing Motivation program!

  • $698 goal

This project expired on March 2, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Read a child a book, they will love it for the moment; teach them to read, they will love and live it for a lifetime". Our students are scheduled weekly to visit the Library. Their favorite activity is reading selected books; write the review, present the review, and class ask questions about book.

Elementary Grades K-6.

Approx. 85% of students enrolled since kinder. This is a Charter School (no tuition, located in an inner city neighborhood. The overall concept behind creating our school was to provide a safe environment for students that are not considered at risk kids. The school operates on the premises of school, parents and community working together as one entity. We provide for the needs of the whole child. Our students understand the importance of exemplifying good character. The students are excited about learning and most of all, they love to read. Their reading interest includes a variety of fiction, nonfiction, biography, foreign language and dictionaries. They actually checkout dictionaries. The overall challenge is to create activities that will keep them motivated and excited about reading. We have only one computer in the Library (used for circulation and administrative work)therefore, all activities are "hands on the books", which the students really love.

My Project

I am requesting forty-four books. The change in the lives of our students will be immediate and life long. Their lives will be changed through the improvement of their social, intellectual and public speaking skills. This reading program will serve as an additional avenue to improve their comprehension and writing skills. It will teach them the art of working together as a team and improve their competitive spirit in a positive manner. By participating in the program, they will have to think through the process of creating, planning and implementing their teams'strategy. The reading activity is "Battle of the Books. Students will form teams of four,for each grade level.The teams will strategize among themselves on the best plan to read the 44 books. The teams meet weekly to practice and review what they have learned. Students are required to finish a written book review and 10 questions per book,to prepare for the "verbal" Grand Battle in May held in front of the staff & student body.

Most of our students do not travel outside of their immediate neighborhood; do not have the opportunity to visit book stores or have computers in their homes.

By having the books available in the Library, we will have a greater participation. The parents will bypass the embarrassment of explaining that they can not afford to buy the required books. The parents will allow their children to compete. The opportunity is open to a greater student audience by having the books readily available to all.

Mrs. Martindale
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 342 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aesop's Fables Aesop, Charles Santore (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $24.28 1 $24.28
Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures from the Archives of the Anne Frank House Menno Metselaar, Ruud van der Rol, Arnold J. Pomerans (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $16.23 1 $16.23
Anything but Typical Nora Raleigh Baskin • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip Hoose • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
The Curious Garden Peter Brown • AKJ BOOKS $9.68 1 $9.68
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors Chris Barton, Tony Persiani (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.95 1 $12.95
The Lost Conspiracy Frances Hardinge • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Diego: Bigger than Life Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, David Diaz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.41 1 $15.41
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea Steve Jenkins, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.53 1 $14.53
Eidi (Children of Crow Cove Series) Bodil Bredsdorff, Kathryn Mahaffy (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
The Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) Pamela S. Turner, Andy Comins (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.31 1 $12.31
Gracias/Thanks Pat Mora, John Parra (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.27 1 $12.27
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum Ray Fenwick, Ray Fenwick (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles Series #1) Suzanne Collins • AKJ BOOKS $18.76 1 $18.76
How Oliver Olson Changed the World Claudia Mills, Heather Maione (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.90 1 $10.90
Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy #1) Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell, Anthea Bell (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $17.09 2 $34.18
Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating Alice Weaver Flaherty, Scott Magoon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.12 1 $9.12
The Magician's Elephant Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary Elizabeth Partridge • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 Brian Floca, Brian Floca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Rodman Philbrick • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Mother Poems Hope Anita Smith, Hope Anita Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
Peak Roland Smith • AKJ BOOKS $11.62 1 $11.62
Redwoods Jason Chin • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River Hudson Talbott, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.02 1 $12.02
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis Barbara O'Connor • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
The Storm in the Barn Matt Phelan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $17.09 1 $17.09
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Jacqueline Kelly • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Posy Linda Newbery, Catherine Rayner (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Shades of People Shelley Rotner (Photographer), Sheila M. Kelly • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World Marilyn Nelson, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $17.86 1 $17.86
Tofu Quilt Ching Yeung Russell • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
Truce Jim Murphy • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 1 $9.43
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems Deborah Ruddell, Joan Rankin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl Albert Marrin • AKJ BOOKS $18.66 1 $18.66
Wild Things Clay Carmichael • AKJ BOOKS $15.39 1 $15.39

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