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Ms. Marotta from Asheville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Clubs Are for Everyone

Help me give my students text sets and series books that are diverse, up-to-date, and of high interest.

  • $597 goal

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My Students

Our school is small (one class per grade level) and students are mostly able to stay together in the same class from kindergarten on. This creates a sense of community and camraderie among the students that permeates the culture of the classroom. Students with diverse backgrounds and abilities learn to care for each other like family.

Fourth grade is a time when students start to notice more about the world around them and begin to believe in their own power and abilities.

Each year I feel honored to lead another group through a journey of learning and self-discovery. My students each have their own strengths, struggles, and goals for growth, and I strive to help them work together to honor, respect and support each other.

In my class there are students from both poverty and economic privilege, many family cultures and structures and a range of academic histories. Their stories and challenges are honored as a part of their unique contribution to our class and to the world.

My Project

The text sets of new books will help us form engaging book clubs. The series books will help struggling readers stay in books that are just right for them even in between book clubs. Students will meet with a group and a teacher every two weeks and read and discuss a book together, enjoying the story while also deepening their ability to follow plot, characters, theme and setting through an entire text.

The books have been chosen specifically to meet the needs of diverse reading levels of fourth graders while also giving them the opportunity to read about characters that reflect the diversity of our world.

I want my students to fall in love with the books they read and be able to read deeply enough to do so. These books are meant to help both reluctant and avid readers find joy and growth in books.

My current classroom library has many worn and outdated books that don't appeal to students. Most of my series books feature only white, middle-class characters. I need these books to help my students grow as readers and see the power that great books can have. I want the books in my library to serve as both windows to other places and identities as well as mirrors for students to see people like them. After reading Understanding Texts and Readers by Jennifer Serravallo, it became even more clear to me that I needed to give my students high interest books that were complex enough to help them meet grade level comprehension standards and help to guide them to independence with increasingly complex texts. I feel certain these books will transform reading time in my classroom and the lives of my students.

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Book Uncle and Me • Amazon Business $8.50 5 $42.50
Taking Sides • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
The Year of the Dog (A Pacy Lin Novel) • Amazon Business $7.91 5 $39.55
How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay (The Tia Lola Stories) • Amazon Business $6.29 5 $31.45
Baseball Fever • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Save Me a Seat (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $5.83 5 $29.15
Donavan's Word Jar (Trophy Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $3.21 5 $16.05
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Oggie Cooder, Party Animal • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Messed-Up Museum: An Interactive Mystery Adventure (You Choose Stories: Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Outlaw from Outer Space: An Interactive Mystery Adventure (You Choose Stories: Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Missing Bully: An Interactive Mystery Adventure (You Choose Stories: Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
Excuses! (David Mortimore Baxter) • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
Secrets! (David Mortimore Baxter) • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
Promises! (David Mortimore Baxter) • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
Manners!: Staying out of Trouble with David Mortimore Baxter • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
The Truth!: David Mortimore Baxter Comes Clean • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
Liar!: The True Story of David Mortimore Baxter • Amazon Business $6.05 1 $6.05
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Captain Awesome Goes to Superhero Camp (14) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Captain Awesome vs. the Evil Babysitter • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Captain Awesome and the Mummy's Treasure • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Cave That Shouldn't Collapse (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Crook Who Crossed the Golden Gate Bridge (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Burglar Who Bit the Big Apple (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Bowling Lane Without Any Strikes (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Ballgame with No One at Bat (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Symphony That Was Silent (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Seals That Wouldn't Swim (Field Trip Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Captain Awesome vs. the Spooky, Scary House • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Captain Awesome and the New Kid • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Captain Awesome and the Trapdoor (21) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01

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