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Ms. Alford from Charlottesville VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Character Counts

Help me give my students the chance to relate character traits to characters in stories.

  • $337 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school was the first school in our county to begin using the Responsive Classroom. This type of learning supports the various types of children we have in our diverse elementary school and encourage strong community building. Our students, as well as all children, need certain social skills and positive behaviors taught. They also need strong role models around them and need to see different adults reading and celebrating literacy. There are so many social skills that can be supported through books such as resilience and persistence, making mistakes, honesty, feelings, and respecting differences. Even books that are silly and based on humor have a place in school!

My Project

Our students and teachers love books and make reading a special part of each day. Along with motivating our students to read books they enjoy, our teachers are always working to increase our students' academic achievement and social-emotional skills. We are proud of our school community! Each month we focus on a different character trait. These books help students relate these character traits to characters in books.

We believe that teaching good character is just as important as reading, writing, math, social studies, and science.

These books will be read aloud to all of our 3rd graders. The variety of books helps students relate to different characters such as the characters in Thank you Mr. Falker, Boxes for Katje, and Brothers in Hope.

We also look at the vocabulary in these books. The students are introduced to new vocabulary. They are encouraged to use these new vocabulary words in their writing and speaking.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Lucky Star (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Better Than You • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
999 Tadpoles • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Horton Hatches the Egg • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth • Amazon Business $8.08 1 $8.08
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (Michael Di Capua Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
When I Am Old With You (Orchard Paperbacks) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Firekeeper's Son • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tillie and the Wall (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Swimmy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Araboolies of Liberty Street • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Goin' Someplace Special • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth • Amazon Business $7.94 1 $7.94
Chicken Sunday • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
The Gardener • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Meteor! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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