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Ms. Mathews from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Books Books! (And Bins!)

Help me give my students new books with diverse characters and bookshelves to keep them organized.

  • $2,153 goal

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My Students

I am a first year 2nd grade teacher at a Title I school in Oakland where over eighty percent of our student population receives free school lunch. Many of my students are in crisis situations at home, and school is a safe, comforting place for them.

I am committed to helping my students fall in love with learning by providing them with experiences that open their minds and spark their creativity and curiosity.

The students at my school are a bright, creative, and empathetic; it's an honor to be their teacher and watch them grow.

My Project

My students LOVE to read! They love chapter books, graphic novels, and engaging picture books with characters that they can connect with. Unfortunately, space is limited in our classroom and it's a challenge for students to keep the books they are reading organized. My students' abilities vary from reading multiple levels above grade level to multiple levels below grade level. Staying organized will help me help them pick books that are just challenging enough to keep them growing without being so difficult that they want to give up.

These products will help my students pick books that are just right for them and keep them organized so they can keep going back to books they are working on and discover new favorites.

I included many new books that are of high interest to the students in my class, featuring diverse characters and stories that can be mirrors that reflect their own experience and windows into the experiences of others. I've also added also two inference games which will help my students learn better reading comprehension skills as they enjoy their books.

Ms. Mathews
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC674 - Flex-Space Mobile Storage Bin Center for 24 Students - Modern Maple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $579.00 1 $579.00
Teacher Created Materials - TIME for Kids Informational Text: Set 1 - 10 Book Set - Grade 2 - Guided Reading Level I - M • Amazon Business $69.47 3 $208.41
Guided Reading Collection: Level L Fiction and Nonfiction Combo (40 books) • AKJ Education $204.54 1 $204.54
TT675 - Flex-Space Student Storage Bins - Set of 24 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $179.00 1 $179.00
Fly Guy 15 Book Collection • Amazon Business $91.40 1 $91.40
Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1-6 Boxed Set) • Amazon Business $38.96 1 $38.96
GG372 - Main Street Shopping: Main Idea Game • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
GG371 - Hazard Mountain: Inference Game • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
The Drinking Gourd • AKJ Education $3.64 6 $21.84
The Wild Robot Hardcover Gift Set • Amazon Business $21.65 1 $21.65
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray: Revised edition with updated back matter • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set: (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish; The Seaquel; Fins of Fury) • Amazon Business $13.65 1 $13.65
Saturday • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $12.30 1 $12.30
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
What Can a Citizen Do? (Kids Story Books, Cute Children's Books, Kids Picture Books, Citizenship Books for Kids) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.47 1 $9.47
The Toad: The Disgusting Critters Series • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
The Cockroach (Disgusting Critters) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Bat (Disgusting Critters) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Head Lice: The Disgusting Critters Series • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
The Rat: The Disgusting Critters Series • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
EllRay Jakes Rocks the Holidays! • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29

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