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Ms. O'Donnell from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books, Books, Books!

My students need high interest books on their personal reading level!

  • $519 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students make up the third grade ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) - special education class in an inner-city community school in a low income area of New York City.

40% of the children in my class are SWDs (Students with Disabilities) and over 80% are ELLs (English Language Learners).

Almost 90% of the students in my school receive free breakfast and lunch due to their low-income background. However, their hardships outside of the classroom do not hinder their desire or passion for learning.

My students are an amazing group of resilient children who deserve the very best education. These children truly love school - they are inquisitive, creative, and very enthusiastic. They live for experiencing and exploring new things every day. They absolutely love being read to and reading on their own and many are approaching grade level while some are even reading above grade level. My students have grown so much since the beginning of the year and I'm looking forward to watching this hard working group of students grow even more over the next few months!

My Project

My students need exciting accessible books for struggling readers. Books for emergent readers are often boring and don't spark interest for those children who already find reading unappealing. There are many new and exciting book series that feature popular characters that children love like Diary of a Whimpy Kid, Timmy Failure, and Dork Diaries.

My students gravitate more towards books that have graphic novel set ups with interesting illustrations which gets them reading more often.

I have many low level readers in my class that often don't get the opportunity to practice their reading and learning outside of the classroom because of lack of books that interest them or are on their level as well a lack of support at home. The library in my classroom is limited and I've noticed that many of my students have plateaued on their reading levels. It is hard to come up with a variety of high interest books on lower levels due to availability within our curriculum and lack of funding and resources. In addition, I have students who are reading above a 3rd grade level and they need higher level books to continue to push them academically. I have scavenged the internet and put together a list of books tailored to my student population! This project will bring that list to life in our library.

Ms. O'Donnell
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dork Diaries By Rachel Renee Russell 12 Books Collection Set (Puppy Love, Holiday Heartbreak, TV Star, Pop Star, OMG, Skating Sensation, Party Time) • Amazon Business $48.99 1 $48.99
Banana Books Collection 10 Books Green Banana Set (Under the Sea,Flat Stanley and the Haunted House,One Windy Day,Jungle School,My Secret Alien,Circus Fun!,Flora the Fairy's Magic Spells.... • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Chalk • Amazon Business $12.23 2 $24.46
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder • Amazon Business $19.45 1 $19.45
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $19.33 1 $19.33
Fossil • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon Business $14.09 1 $14.09
A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
I Want My Hat Back • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
Flotsam • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Nate the Great and the Wandering Word • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Journey • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Tuesday • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nate the Great on the Owl Express • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
Nate the Great and the Monster Mess • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Nate the Great and the Stolen Base • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt (Nate the Great, No. 12) • Amazon Business $4.85 1 $4.85
Nate the Great Goes Undercover • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Nate the Great and the Sticky Case • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71
Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71
Nate the Great and the Missing Key • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71
Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize • Amazon Business $4.46 1 $4.46
Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag • Amazon Business $3.72 1 $3.72
Nate the Great and the Musical Note • Amazon Business $3.40 1 $3.40

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