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Ms. Umana from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Library To Build Rich Literary Lives

My students need to immerse themselves in rich bilingual literature in pursuit of a love for reading. Authors include Dr. Seuss, Alma Flor Ada, Pat Mora, & Monica Brown.

  • $591 goal

This project expired on September 17, 2014.

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My Students

"I believe in my ability to do my best. I embrace challenges and mistakes because they help me learn. I am too focused on my hopes and dreams to waste today." Everyday we start the day with our pledge, because we know we will be working hard listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all areas.

My school is a Title I school which means that as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we receive financial assistance because a majority of our students are from low-income families.

This means many of my students have challenging lives, which oftentimes causes issues to arise in the classroom. One of the most important things for me as a teacher is to build a community of learners every year. This means everyone is accountable for each other- because we love and care for one another. We help each other when needed, we do a lot of listening, talking, hugging, resolving problems, managing our emotions, and most of all learning! My students often collaborate in cooperative groups, learning from each other as I facilitate. Additionally, I teach in a one-way dual language classroom. My students' first language is Spanish and they are learning English in school. The goal of our program is biliteracy, biculturalism and high levels of proficiency in both languages.

My Project

Rich, authentic, bilingual books are the key to building a love for reading in students who, more often than not, arrive at my 3rd grade classroom without it. I will use these books in my balanced literacy model for teaching reading: this means some of the literature will be for reading aloud to the class as part of my lessons of reading strategies, some will be enjoyed together as shared reading which builds fluency and gives students an opportunity to gradually assume more responsibility for the reading as their skill level and confidence increase, and finally (and best of all) the books will be in their hands: as they read with partners, as part of book clubs, and/or independently- they will interact with the texts themselves, practicing their reading strategies to build meaning. Additionally, we will use these books in writing class: we will study authors and their craft so that we can experiment with and emulate their strategies and skills in our own writing.

My classroom library needs a renovation- most of the books are quite old and have been donated by friends and colleagues retiring.

The books I have purchased myself are a small percentage and therefore not accessible for all my students at any given time. Multiple copies of these award winning books and highly rated authors will increase the interest in reading and will engage students to become self-motivated, confident readers, capable of reading in all content areas.

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

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This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gracias ~ Thanks (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon $14.19 2 $28.38
No English • Amazon $14.00 2 $28.00
Floating on Mama's Song • Amazon $13.85 2 $27.70
Niño Wrestles the World (Golden Kite Honors) • Amazon $13.66 2 $27.32
My Abuelita • Amazon $13.59 2 $27.18
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon $13.32 2 $26.64
The Dreamer • Amazon $8.09 3 $24.27
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale • Amazon $11.18 2 $22.36
My Name is Gabito / Me llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon $11.05 2 $22.10
Oh, The Places You'll Go! • Amazon $11.00 2 $22.00
The Matchbox Diary • Amazon $10.78 2 $21.56
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon $9.94 2 $19.88
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon) • Amazon $8.93 2 $17.86
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy • Amazon $8.83 2 $17.66
The Secret Legacy • Amazon $17.60 1 $17.60
The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol (Dell Picture Yearling) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
I Love Saturdays y domingos • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon $13.86 1 $13.86
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
Hairs/Pelitos • Amazon $5.33 2 $10.66
National Geographic Kids Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Ridiculous Riddles • Amazon $4.59 2 $9.18
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) • Amazon $7.93 1 $7.93
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians: Lunch Lady #2 • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta: Lunch Lady #3 • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29

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