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Mrs. Beneke from Selma CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books For Our Book-Nics!

Help me give my students books to enhance their love of reading that partner with our book-nic projects!

  • $397 goal

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My Students

I teach in rural Selma, CA. My students come from all different backgrounds. There is a high number of English Learners with Spanish and Arabic being their first language. There are also a high number of academic needs. My students have been home (like most students) for a year and a half.

They need motivation and encouragement daily and they need to learn to love school again.

They need to learn to love learning. They are excited to be back but their learning needs are intense. I want them to thrive. I want them to love reading and see learning as an adventure. I currently have 24 students but the number changes weekly. I am trying to create an environment where they are excited about what we are doing and learning.

My Project

In order to help my students grow a love for reading, I have been bringing in art and other activities that relate to what we read. I found a project online created by Creatively Teaching First on Teachers Pay Teachers called Book-Nics. This project incorporates food and reading. Each month has a different snack we will create together and enjoy. The best part is each snack has a list of books that can go along with it. These books I am requesting are about half of the books that are recommended but it is the perfect amount to start this project.

My students' love of reading will continue to grow each month as they absorb (read, listen, consumer, devour) the books and enjoy their snacks at the same time with each month's Book-Nic.

They will be able to access the books we read in class and there will be a list of the other recommended books that they can check out in our school library. My hope is they will look forward to checking out books and start making connections to the real world and hopefully, see reading as an adventure.

Mrs. Beneke
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 32 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Very Hungry Caterpillar • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
If You Give a Dog a Donut • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Somewhere in the Ocean • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Enemy Pie : (Reading Rainbow Book, Children’s Book about Kindness, Kids Books about Learning) • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $13.20 1 $13.20
I Need My Monster • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
So You Want to Be President?: The Revised and Updated Edition • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
The Three Snow Bears • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Diary of a Worm • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Olive, the Other Reindeer (Olive, OLIV) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Grumpy Groundhog • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Arthur Meets the President: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventures) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Very Busy Spider: Read Together Edition (Read Together, Be Together) • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
Sneezy the Snowman • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
How to Catch a Leprechaun • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Groundhog Gets a Say • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Rainbow of My Own • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore! (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Biggest Snowman Ever • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Johnny Appleseed: Ready-to-Read Level 1 • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Night Before Thanksgiving • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Biggest Valentine Ever • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $3.39 1 $3.39

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