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Mr. Dix from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Boys Hate to Read? No, We Love Reading!

My students need, in an all-male class, 50 chapter books and graphic novels, including a Hardy Boys set, subscriptions to Time for Kids, and the "Bone" series, which are tailored to their interests, plus some comfy pillows to place in our reading corner.

  • $798 goal

This project expired on January 31, 2012.

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My Students

The Scholars of Room 505 are pushing to break the stigma that "boys hate to read." They would tell you that they love to read-- they just want exciting books that can keep their interest! Their eyes lit up when they saw some of the books from the last project, they just need more books for boys.

I thought I became a good reader naturally by going to school, but my mother brought me back to reality when she reminded me of the countless trips to the library I made.

My students have limited access to a distant public library, which has a limited selection and operating hours. Our school library is pretty great, but we only get scheduled time once-every-two-weeks, and my boys are gobbling up books in a matter of days. The library is shared between the 900+ students at our school, so there are naturally limitations on types of books they are allowed to check out. This year, our 5th grade class is pushing to get everyone into a magnet or charter school and be competitive at that level. The transition-to-all-English year for our school is 5th grade, so many of the students come in with above grade-level in Spanish, but at around a 3rd grade reading level in English. We need to close that gap and fast. The scholars embrace that there are no shortcuts so they need to start reading

My Project

They love books and they love reading, now we just need the resources. Last year, graphic novels and chapter books were purchased for my class of all-girls and it brought tremendous gains for our students. Our school uses the Accelerated Reader program, and after we received those books, all of the girls met their AR goals (reaching 20 points in 9 weeks-- a book like Holes is 7 points). This year I made the switch and am teaching all boys. We have 3 classroom librarians (student jobs) and they have been labeling and sorting the books, as well as over-seeing our Classroom Checkout procedure on our computer. The boys are very respectful of the books and will absolutely love them. It's also motivating for them to know that there are other people out there who believe in them. The graphic novels help the ESL students (and are just awesome anyway) and the chapter books can be used in literature circles or book clubs.

Help the boys of 505 reach their goal of growth in reading.

They loved the Wimpy Kids, now let's help push them to even higher levels. It is so important for these boys to engross themselves in the pure enjoyment of a great book; it will help them become lifelong readers and set them on a path to success. Please help us out!

Mr. Dix
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Invisible Man • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
The Battle of Gettysburg Michael Burgan, Keith Williams (Ill • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Hardy Boys Boxed Set, Volumes 5 - 8 (Hardy Boys: Undercover • AKJ Books $23.36 1 $23.36
Classics Illustrated Deluxe #2: Tales of the Brothers Grimm • AKJ Books $10.88 1 $10.88
Hardy Boys Boxed Set: Vol. #13 - 16 Scott Lobdell, Paulo Hen • AKJ Books $23.36 1 $23.36
Bone #1: Out from Boneville Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illus • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #2: The Great Cow Race Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illus • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm, Vol. 3 Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (I • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #4: The Dragonslayer Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrato • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #6: Old Man''s Cave Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illustrat • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Bone #8: Treasure Hunters Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illustr • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Bone #9: Crown of Horns Jeff Smith • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
The Mysterious Benedict Society • AKJ Books $5.45 5 $27.25
Benedict Arnold • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Percy Jackson PBK 5-book boxed set-publish Aug 30-2011 • AKJ Books $27.30 2 $54.60
Percy Jackson and The Olympians Boxed Set • AKJ Books $15.59 1 $15.59
Number the Stars (PB) • AKJ Books $5.45 4 $21.80
Big Nate From The Top • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself Lincoln Peirce • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
Big Nate Strikes Again • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
Giver (Trade) • AKJ Books $6.98 4 $27.92
Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol Monica Brown, R • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
10 Explorers Who Changed the World • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Soccer Duel • AKJ Books $3.89 8 $31.12
Disgusting Jobs • AKJ Books $19.75 1 $19.75
Hardy Boys The New Case Files #1: Crawling with Zombies • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Hardy Boys Graphic Novels #17-20 Boxed Set Scott Lobdell, Pa • AKJ Books $23.39 1 $23.39
Edition 5 - 6 with Around the World (Grades 5 and 6) TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom newsmagazine that motivates kids to read. Issues cover a wide range of real-world topics and themes kids love to learn about and it s the best nonfiction text you ll find! Edition 5 - 6 builds non-fiction literacy skills and helps students become informed and active citizens. In addition to receiving Edition 5 - 6, subscribers will receive TFK Around the World. • Time for Kids $4.88 10 $48.80
TS189 - Comfy Pillows - Set of 5 • Lakeshore Learning $129.00 1 $129.00

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