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Mrs. Kazemzadeh from Willmar MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Talks: Like Movie Trailers for Books

My students need fantastic books that will keep them reading on their own.

  • $443 goal

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My Students

I have a classroom full of 7- and 8-year olds who are very different from each other in many ways, but most of them have one thing in common: they enjoy the adventure of a good story. Many of my students have a hard time staying focused and that may not be surprising to hear considering the high-tech world we live in; but as soon as I crack open the cover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or a beautifully illustrated picture book, I have 34 eyes and ears ready to get lost in a good book once again. Not all of my students have access to books at home, not all of them had the privilege of being read to from infancy, but all of them are willing to continue to develop their love of reading with me and for that, I am grateful.

My Project

Book Talks are a method of instruction designed to pique students' interest in a specific book so they can't wait to get their hands on it and read. A book talk is similar to a movie trailer in that the teacher presents the book, shares highlights and a short summary, and then chooses a lucky reader. For example, I will read a book, such as Winn Dixie, by Kate Dicamillo, ahead of time. Then, I will show the book to my students, and tell them some of my favorite parts of the book. Finally, I will choose a student who will get to read it. When they're done reading it, they can return it to a box where other children can find it and read it as well. The goal is to get students interested in a wide variety of excellent books.

As I described earlier, my students love to listen to me read.

We have read some wonderful books together, and it has been a joy to read to them, but many of them struggle to stay focused while reading on their own.

The books I've requested are all award-winning and recently published. I chose a diverse collection to represent the diversity in my classroom. These are books that are sure to capture their attention and keep them focused. Thank you for your consideration!

Mrs. Kazemzadeh
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 17 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Leave Me Alone • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Giant Squid • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Impact: Asteroids And The Science Of Saving The World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Older Than Dirt: A Wild But True History Of The Earth • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Freedom in Congo Square • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wolf in the Snow • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Radiant Child • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
In Plain Sight • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Before She Was Harriet : The Story of Harriet Tubman • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Crown : An Ode to the Fresh Cut • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Unstoppable: True Stories Of Amazing Bionic Animals • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Big Cat, Little Cat • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Snail and Worm Again • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
La Princesa and the Pea • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
They All Saw a Cat • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Du Iz Tak? • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Good Night Owl • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Princess and the Warrior • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Infamous Ratsos • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Juana and Lucas • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Heaven • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Because of Winn-dixie • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28
Freckle Juice • AKJ Education $4.21 1 $4.21
Go, Otto, Go! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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