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Mrs. Hansen from Farmington MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Book a Day: Inspiring Students to Read

My students need a variety of diverse books for our daily read aloud.

  • $765 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"What are you reading today?" is a common question voiced from the mouths of my beautifully diverse group of students. In preparation for meeting this groups' needs, I attended a conference by Donalyn Miller this past summer that addressed the need for exposing students to literature that reflects and honors their lives. This inspired me to join #classroombookaday, a social media group for teachers to share book titles, lesson plans, and success stories. I was hooked!

I have read a book EVERY DAY, as part of our morning routine.

The kids look forward to gathering in our reading corner to share a story. We laugh, tear up, applaud, discuss, and enjoy this community time. My principal watched this routine one morning and said, "I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged your students were during your read aloud." He frequently comes into the room to see what titles I've selected. We love our book of the day!

My Project

Exposing students to diverse texts lets students connect to characters and settings from backgrounds similar to their own. Through our daily read aloud students develop empathy for others. We build community discussing and dissecting the texts looking for common themes, supporting the standards, or just for the pleasure of reading.

Students have listened to me read books such as "The Yellow Star" and "Last Stop on Market Street," when we started a Civil Rights unit.

Books such as Memoirs of a Goldfish or My Mouth is a Volcano produced loud laughter which is an amazing way to start the day.

Mrs. Hansen
Grades 3-5

This project will reach 64 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $18.09 1 $18.09
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial (Carter G Woodson Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $16.37 1 $16.37
One of a Kind, Like Me / Único Como Yo (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families • Amazon Business $15.17 1 $15.17
The Curious Garden • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
The Little Red Pen • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Bluebird • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Coming on Home Soon (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Teacup • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
My Friend Maggie • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Be a Friend • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Dear Girl, • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Before We Eat: From Farm to Table • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Am Loved • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Wolf in the Snow • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
That Neighbor Kid • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Blizzard • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Love • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
To the Sea • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Let Me Finish! • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
On Meadowview Street • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
Where Oliver Fits • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Who Is Melvin Bubble? • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
There Might Be Lobsters • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Where Once There Was a Wood (Rise and Shine) (Owlet Book) • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Little You • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
Pardon Me! • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Baseball Saved Us • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
The Rough-Face Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bagels from Benny • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Sweetest Kulu • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
My Heart Fills with Happiness • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History • Amazon Business $7.08 1 $7.08

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