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Ms. Smelser from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Book a Day Part 3

Help me give my students quality picture books to continue our #classroombookaday study.

  • $367 goal

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My Students

Our school envisions fostering cultural understanding, appreciating differences, and finding strength in diversity. My students are happy and confident third graders who love school. They are part of our school's gifted and talented program, and they aim to succeed and grow as learners each and every day. I encourage them to work both independently and cooperatively on rigorous, authentic and engaging tasks.

We develop global citizens and prepare students to live in a global, multicultural society.

We aim to develop internationally-minded students who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, thus helping to create a better and more peaceful world.

My Project

Reading is the best part of our day. My students love reading when they get to read books they have chosen independently. They also love our read aloud time when I choose a chapter book and read it out loud, and we have rich classroom discussions. We also use many texts throughout reading and writing time as mentor texts. I share a great piece of writing and then reference it time and time again, and students try to emulate the author in their own writing.

My third graders need to hear quality picture books each and every day.

They need to be able to find the themes of books on a consistent basis as well as hear fluent reading of short text. They need this shared experience.

These books will become the building blocks for my Classroom Book a Day program, based on a program started by Donalyn Miller and brought into the classroom by Jillian Heise. We will take 5-10 minutes every day to read a quality picture book, focus on the theme of the book and share this reading experience. Our goal is to read 180 picture books over the next school year, both traditional favorites and new, soon-to-be loved books.

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

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This project will reach 19 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Astro Girl • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Nobody Likes a Goblin • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
What Should Darla Do? Featuring the Power to Choose • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Irma S and James H Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
A Boy Like You • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprxe9 • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
The Journey • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
I Wonder • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Tell Me a Tattoo Story • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Princess and the Pit Stop • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Quest (Aaron Becker's Wordless Trilogy) • Amazon Business $10.92 1 $10.92
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The King of Kindergarten • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Will Be Fierce • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Voices in the Park • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83

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