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Ms. W. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Necessities

My students need 30+ more nonfiction books to balance out our growing library.

  • $515 goal

This project expired on May 26, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students need books in our classroom library that they can't wait to get their hands on!

This school year I am teaching 6th grade students.

We are an extremely diverse urban school and have kids coming from neighborhoods all over the city. This year our school is implementing both Reading and Writing Workshops. What an amazing opportunity for my students! Instead of me dictating what students are to read and write every day, they choose what they would like to read and write. This allows children to work at their individual levels in material that interests them. It is amazing to see students excited and invested in their reading and writing!

My Project

If you were to think back to some of the best reading experiences of your childhood, I would bet they involved books you go to choose on your own, without someone forcing you to. They were also most likely on your independent reading level. This is the basis of Reading Workshop. In order to make this successful, students need just that: books they WANT to read on their independent reading level.

The only way students become better readers is by doing just that: READING!

How do I get my students to become lifelong, avid readers? By allowing them to choose their own books, they can become passionate readers. Books are the best investment we can make in order to make this happen.

Ms. W.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lady Liberty: A Biography Doreen Rappaport, Matt Tavares (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
King George: What Was His Problem? Steve Sheinkin, Tim Robinson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman Marc Tyler Nobleman, Ross MacDonald (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin Kathryn Lasky, Matthew Trueman (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth James L. Swanson • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
How Weird Is It?: A Freaky Book All about Strangeness Ben Hillman • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
Crazy Like a Fox: A Smile Story Loreen Leedy • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank Don Brown • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Raucous Royals: Test Your Royal Wits - Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce Which Royal Rumors Are True Carlyn Beccia • AKJ BOOKS $14.53 1 $14.53
Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum Kathleen Krull, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka Jon Scieszka • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Lang Lang: Playing with Flying Keys Lang Lang Lang, Michael French • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau Jennifer Berne, Eric Puybaret (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight Kathleen Krull, Amy June Bates (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out David McCullough, Various, N.C.B.L.A. • AKJ BOOKS $12.16 1 $12.16
What to Do When you Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep Dawn Huebner, Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.90 1 $10.90
Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes Ellen Jackson, Nic Bishop (Photographer) • AKJ BOOKS $14.62 1 $14.62
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane Carole Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
The Book of Time Outs: A Mostly True History of the World's Biggest Troublemakers Deb Lucke • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming Lynne Cherry, Gary Braasch, Foreword by David Sobel • AKJ BOOKS $9.69 1 $9.69
Sisters & Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World Robin Page, Steve Jenkins, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.99 1 $12.99
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City Janet Schulman, Meilo So (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.19 1 $15.19
Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist Philip Dray, Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.39 1 $15.39
Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills Julia Cummins, Cheryl Harness (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $14.61 1 $14.61
Fartiste Kathleen Krull, Paul Brewer, Boris Kulikov (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79
Fabulous Fishes Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.94 1 $12.94
Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $15.34 1 $15.34
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions Margaret Musgrove, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Tibet: Through the Red Box Peter Sis, Peter Sis (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $20.30 1 $20.30
What's the Big Idea?: Inventions that Changed Life on Earth Forever Helaine Becker, Steve Attoe • AKJ BOOKS $14.57 1 $14.57
Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War Tim Robinson (Illustrator), Steve Sheinkin • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Touch the Art: Catch Picasso's Rooster Julie Appel, Amy Guglielmo • AKJ BOOKS $8.85 1 $8.85

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