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Mrs. Gandy from Kansas City MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books and Brains: Satisfying Interest, Rigor, and Foundational Reading Skills

My students need more books that will meet their needs. These books will expose my students to nonfiction and fiction, as well as help them to learn critically important sight words for beginning reader success.

  • $296 goal

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My Students

Our school serves students with a range of abilities and disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, physically fragile, and specific learning disabilities.

Many of my students come from homes filled with economic hardship and trauma.

65% of our students are African American, 35% are Hispanic. We have the highest percentage of students with an Individualized education plan (IEP) in the district, and in my class alone I have 2 IEPs and 3 English Language Learners. Our classroom is humble and inviting, and contains little technology and manipulatives. I have English as a Second Language teachers and Special Education teachers visiting my room often.

My Project

Every classroom is in need of quality books that meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards text complexity triangle as well as student need. The text complexity triangle forces teachers to provide their students with deeper, more meaningful informational and literary texts.

These books will provide my students with engaging texts for differentiated reading instruction as well as independent reading time.

Student choice is a powerful tool that can be used to motivate students to read more in the classroom. The more engaging texts the classroom library has, the more likely students will desire to pick up a book and read. The more students desire to read, the stronger their reading stamina will become, ultimately leading them to success as a reader and learner.

Mrs. Gandy
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Readers (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $20.90 2 $41.80
Favorite Author Study - Kevin Henkes (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $29.90 1 $29.90
Favorite Author Study - Arnold Lobel (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $11.94 2 $23.88
Colors Are Everywhere (12 Book Set) • AKJ Education $22.80 1 $22.80
It's a Busload of Pigeon Books! (NEW ISBN) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
I Didn't Know That - Amazing Facts (6 Books) • AKJ Education $11.40 1 $11.40
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Bob Books Sight Words: Kindergarten • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Bob Books Set 2-Advancing Beginners • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Animal Facts to Make You Smile! • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80

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