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Mrs. Kuenning from Omaha NE is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Close-Read Classroom Literacy Library

My students need a close read literature library to support their reading achievement goals.

  • $513 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Can you remember a picture book from your childhood with characters and themes you still carry with you today?

My diverse inner-city students are enthusiastic learners!

They especially love the reading and language arts block in our daily schedule. Working independently, in small guided groups as well as in project-based inquiry groups, students delve deep into literature to increase their vocabulary and build the comprehension skills necessary for higher level thinking. Unfortunately, the standard stories found in their textbooks rarely motivate them as readers.

We need a carefully culled collection of great books that will keep every child engaged each week based upon the concept of Close Reading!

Classrooms which utilize the close read model have increased student engagement and achievement. A successful close read program is dependent upon quality books which address the grade-level comprehension standards children are expected to attain and more importantly offers characters, stories and themes that become instant classics like the books you remember from your childhood!

My Project

My students love to learn and love to read! We also love to reach our personal goals on our Maps Growth Assessment instrument.

A carefully selected, standards aligned, close-read classroom library will help each student grow in their reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary achievement!

My students struggle in their reading comprehension. A classroom, close-read library is a critical resource that invites students to engage in weekly high-interest literacy activities - each week based upon an age-appropriate picture book. During our daily Language Arts block, these books propel students into independent and group projects incorporating multiple learning styles. Through reading, writing, art and oral presentations, this close read library will take my children on the adventure of their lives and towards high achievement on their standardized testing!

Mrs. Kuenning
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! (Stories & Poems) • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Substitute Creacher • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Saturdays and Teacakes • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Picture Day Perfection • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $13.70 1 $13.70
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
Memoirs of a Hamster • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
Turkey Bowl • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Cactus Soup • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly: And Other Questions About Polar Lands • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Raft • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Pinduli • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
What Really Happened to Humpty? (Nursery-Rhyme Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Crow Boy (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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