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Mrs. MACKENZIE from Wenatchee WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books to Teach Reading Strategies & Grammar

My students need books that go with the program Rooted in Reading which teaches key reading strategies and grammar skills.

  • $586 goal

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My Students

My students need these books in order to do a full year unit called Rooted in Reading. We need these books to teach the comprehension and grammar skills that go along with each book.

My students are the best!

They're constantly growing and developing, and that's what 3rd grade is all about. They love to engage in projects and of course...ask why. My 3rd-grade students will be eager to start in the fall of 2018 with a lot of learning, exploring, and discovering. My students come from low-income families but they are the most thankful and grateful kids I have ever known.

When I read to my students, they SOAK up the information, comprehension strategies, skills, and underlying theme of each book.

They enjoy being read to and will enjoy even more the projects and skills that go along with each book.

I have a chance here for my third graders to go farther than ever in a year of school. Please help us meet our standards and go further!

My Project

For each book, I have a project, anchor chart, reading strategy, and grammar skill for students to learn...just based off a picture book. For example, in the book Edward the Emu, we will be working on the reading skill of making predictions and the grammar skill of capitals and punctuation. For the text Fireflies! the reading skill we will work on is cause and effect as well as author's purpose with the grammar skill of homophones.

Teaching reading and grammar strategies using picture books are a sure way of getting students to understand the Common Core Standards..

Students LOVE to read picture books and the icing on the cake is the reading strategies and grammar skill they will learn.

This overview has the 3rd grade Common Core Standards that apply to both the comprehension and grammar skills for each book.

Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! (Stories & Poems) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Substitute Creacher • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do • Amazon Business $15.24 1 $15.24
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Picture Day Perfection • Amazon Business $14.03 1 $14.03
Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $13.70 1 $13.70
Saturdays and Teacakes • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Memoirs of a Hamster • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
Turkey Bowl • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Cactus Soup • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Pinduli • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What Really Happened to Humpty? (Nursery-Rhyme Mysteries) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story • Amazon Business $7.35 1 $7.35
The Raft • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crow Boy (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly: And Other Questions About Polar Lands • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89

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