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Ms. Schafer from Coopersville MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Reading Alive With Mentor Texts!

My students need mentor texts to support them in their learning and mastery of reader's workshop literacy goals.

  • $411 goal

This project expired on September 15, 2018.

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My Students

My students are passionate and enthusiastic learners, who inspire me each day. Our school is located in a lovely small town in West Michigan. The students in my room come to me from all walks of life and at all different levels. No matter where they come from or where they are starting from, they give their best and strive to improve to their highest potential! This in turn, creates an environment that pushes me to be the best I can be and help to continue to elevate them!

My Project

These books will continue to enhance the print-rich classroom that I strive to create. My classroom is a place that fosters a love of learning and specifically READING! All of these books have been chosen with my students in mind. As we delve deeper into Reader's Workshop, it is vital that students are given the opportunity to explore these often complex and abstract concepts in a tangible way. Using appropriate mentor texts, not only exposes students to high quality literature, but it also allows them to identify and observe concepts or strategies, in a guided and more accessible format, that may otherwise be difficult or complex. This in turn makes it possible for students to better comprehend the material and bring these skills into practice in their independent reading and literacy exploration.

With these new books, my students will be able to gain a clear picture of the various literacy concepts, strategies, and techniques that can often times be tricky to master.

Students will able to further their literacy success and translate mini-lesson objectives more effectively into their independent work. The best way to increase reading ability is to not only read more, but also to have a deeper and more complex understanding and mastery of the various components of strong reading skills and strategies, and these books will support students in doing just that. My students have already shown an astonishing interest in independent reading, and this project will only help enrich their experiences with the printed word.

Ms. Schafer
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Winter Waits • Amazon Business $49.54 1 $49.54
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $13.70 2 $27.40
Leola and the Honeybears (hc) • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
The Stranger • Amazon Business $12.14 2 $24.28
The Seashore Book • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
Twilight Comes Twice • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Charlie Anderson • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
What If Everybody Did That? (What If Everybody? Series) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Tomas and the Library Lady (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Lotus Seed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Roxaboxen • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scarecrow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Wednesday Surprise • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
The Honey Makers • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Wolves • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crow Boy (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Everglades • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Cactus Hotel (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Day's Work • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Fireflies • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Tight Times (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
The Pain and the Great One • Amazon Business $4.12 1 $4.12

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