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Mrs. Griffin from Kodiak AK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for Brighter Brains

My students need these books to expand their understanding of the world. These books will expose them to new cultures and experiences that they wouldn't be able to access on their own.

  • $520 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in a Title 1 School District in Kodiak, Alaska. Alaska is known for its beauty and jaw dropping landscapes. But we are also far from stores, museums, theaters and many other experiences children living in a big city might experience.

My students come from many diverse backgrounds.

In Kodiak you will find students from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Each one of them brings something special to our classroom. But one thing that is the same is their love for learning and experiencing new things. In kindergarten I feel like I am exceptionally lucky because they have just started the amazing journey of learning in a classroom. My five year olds especially love hands on learning and experimenting with anything new and exciting. Each day my students actively engage with their peers and their classroom. When I am able to keep the materials fresh and exciting their learning skyrockets.

My Project

Your donation to this project will help my students have access to a diverse set of mentor texts. Each week we will focus on a different theme inspired by Tara West's literacy program. She has scoured the world to find only the best books to compliment her program. Books that are inspirational and life changing.

With your support I will use these books to guide my students to become close listeners, to learn how to ask questions about words they don't understand and to then write about their own experiences.

These are the skills they will need to become stronger reader. They will not only learn to read the texts but comprehend what the authors message was or learn about the world around us. Going along with the beautiful mentor texts we will create art projects and fun crafts and experiences to enhance and create a whole brain experience. Through my guidence this year in kindergarten I hope to inspire my students to not only read books but to experience them.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
What Is Veterans Day? • AKJ Education $17.23 1 $17.23
Snow Is Falling (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
A Tree For All Seasons (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Tiny Seed • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
The Mitten A Ukrainian Folktale • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Little Scarecrow Boy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Skin You Live In • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
The Three Little Pigs • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
I Don't Want to Be a Frog • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Tap the Magic Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Three Little Kittens • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Over and Under the Snow • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones (World of Nature Series) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs) • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
All about Teeth (Healthy Teeth) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Transportation in My Neighborhood • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
The Greedy Python Book & CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Hogwash! • AKJ Education $6.97 1 $6.97
From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
The Story of the White House (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell Learning About Your Five Senses • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Life Cycle of a Flower • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Storm Is Coming! • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Bear's Loose Tooth (The Bear Books) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Pumpkin Town! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Scarecrow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ice Bear Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato An Irish Folktale • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Moon • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Butterflies • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Frogs • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Gingerbread Boy • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Places in My Community • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Helpers in My Community • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
A Tiger Cub Grows Up • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Reindeer • AKJ Education $4.96 1 $4.96
Firefighters Help • AKJ Education $4.59 1 $4.59
National Geographic Readers: Dolphins • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Chicken (Life Cycles) • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49

Materials cost

$383.24

Vendor shipping charges

$17.00

State sales tax

$5.75

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.75

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$441.74

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.95

Total project goal

$519.69

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$519.69

6 Donors

-$519.69

Donations toward project cost

-$441.74

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$77.95

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