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Mrs. Chestnut from Malden MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Classroom Library

Help me give my students some fresh books ( both regular and on CD) to help teach them everything from proper behaviors, kindness, good writing, and books just for fun!

  • $390 goal

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My Students

My students are Third grade ESL students, many of whom are from low-income families. They are a very diverse group of students; representing a number of different countries and languages. Many of them are brand new to the country and they are all working on developing their English language abilities.

These students will have a variety of needs and they will represent a wide range of abilities and skills.

They will need a lot of strategic instruction delivered in small group format in addition to whole group, partner work, and group work format.

My Project

As a teacher, my number one goal and best thing I think I can do for my students is teach them a love of reading. This is particularly important for ELLs that enter school in America and have a lot of catching up to do to get to grade level. In order to do this, children need to have access to many different kinds of books about a wide variety of topics, genres, and they need to see a reflection of themselves in the characters. I had a specific reason for requesting each of the books I have requested. Some of them I picked because they help kindness and respect for others, some I picked because they will be a great read aloud for my writing lessons to teach various writing skills, some of them are books on CD for my newcomers to enjoy being read to, and some of them are just books I think my students will gravitate to; in many cases, because the characters look like them! I also asked for some book bins to help keep these new books nice and organized in my classroom library. My library is my favorite place in the classroom, and I take great pride in it. It is very organized and provides so many opportunities for children to select a book from a topic, author, or genre they're interested in, enjoy the book, and return it to the correct place. Of course, buying the books AND all the materials to keep the books organized is expensive and I could use some help! Please consider helping out and donating so that I can keep a love of reading alive and well in my classroom!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Storex Large Book Bin, 14.3 x 5.3 x 7", Teal, Case of 6 (71107U06C) • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Keisha's Doors/las Puertas De Keisha: An Autism Story/una Historia De Autismo Libro Uno (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Tacos Anyone? An Autism Story (2005 Barbara Jordan Media Award) (English and Spanish Text) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
I Wanna New Room • Amazon Business $14.09 1 $14.09
The Day the Crayons Came Home • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Kitchen Dance • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
Dear Girl, • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Dear Boy, • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Be Kind • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
A Moment In Time • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
HOP ON POP BOOK & CD • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Clifford the Big Red Dog Read Along(Book & CD) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
The Empty Pot • Amazon Business $8.34 1 $8.34
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
In My Opinion • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.41 1 $7.41
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism (A First Look At...Series) • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $5.51 1 $5.51
Red is Best • Amazon Business $3.10 1 $3.10

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