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Mrs. Perez from Simi Valley CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Branching Out to Chapter Books

Help me give my students chapter books specifically designed for my newly independent readers.

  • $190 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work at a Title I school. The majority of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch and come from homes where English is their second language. A considerable percentage of the population is not meeting standards.

Many of my students come to school with little life experiences.

They have not had the opportunity to experience things such as traveling on vacations or even watching a play at the theater. Even though they have daily obstacles to overcome, they come to school eager to learn. Once they enter my classroom, I want them to be assured that they are in a safe learning environment and that anything is possible!

My Project

Emelie Buchwald said, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." But eventually, those readers must become independent readers. My third graders are at the point where most of them are reading chapter books, but a few are still scared to make the leap.

This project will allow me to introduce my students to books that are designed specifically for newly independent readers who are ready to make the exciting leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book.

I chose several exciting and high-interest series that will help bridge the gap between leveled readers and traditional chapter books, such as Notebook of Doom and The Owl Diaries. Branches book series by Scholastic are easy-to-read text, they have simple plot lines, they contain plenty of context clues, and include purposeful illustrations that aid reading comprehension. There is a book for all types of readers.

After reading a book, the students will be asked to design a book jacket book report. They will have to design a new book cover for their book, as well as include information such as a summary of the book they read. They will have to rate the book and provide evidence as to why they rated it the way they did. Combining art with their reading skills will put their creativity to work!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys #5) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
The Bad Guys in Alien vs Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #6) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Stage Fright: A Branches Book (Looniverse #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Dinosaur Disaster: A Branches Book (Looniverse #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Meltdown Madness: A Branches Book (Looniverse #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Stranger Things: A Branches Book (Looniverse #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the New Neighbor: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the Pet Show: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the School Ghost: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Recess Is a Jungle!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
School Freezes Over!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #5) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sam Battles the Machine!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #6) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Heroes on the Side (Kung Pow Chicken #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Three Little Pugs: A Branches Book (Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Rumble of the Coaster Ghost: A Branches Book (The Notebook of Doom #9) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Charge of the Lightning Bugs: A Branches Book (The Notebook of Doom #8) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Flurry of the Snombies: A Branches Book (The Notebook of Doom #7) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Classes Are Canceled!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #7) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pop of the Bumpy Mummy: A Branches Book (The Notebook of Doom #6) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bok! Bok! Boom!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #2) • Amazon Business $4.68 1 $4.68
The Locker Ate Lucy!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #2) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
The Birdy Snatchers (Kung Pow Chicken #3) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Let's Get Cracking!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #1) • Amazon Business $4.21 1 $4.21

Materials cost

$118.09

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$10.81

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.77

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$160.67

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$28.35

Total project goal

$189.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$189.02

3 Donors

-$84.84

Donations toward project cost

-$84.84

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$89.21

Match offer toward project cost

-$75.83

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$13.38

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.97

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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