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Ms. Gentzler from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Come Tall, Come Small! Poetry For All!

My students need 12 books in order to have easy access to fun, enriching, high-quality poetry!

  • $182 goal

This project expired on May 22, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I'm sure you remember the days of "Sam I Am" and the nonsensical lyrics of Shel Silverstein. My students are beginning an exploration into the world of poetry.

My third graders are energetic and avid readers and writers.

However, many students still struggle with basic sounds and identification of rhymes. Already this year, we've read some poetry, but students often fail to laugh at simple metaphors or word play and do not understand the subtleties that make poetry so enriching for adult readers. As accomplished readers ourselves, we appreciate literary devices such as alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, and onomatopoeia. I hope you can help open my students eyes to the beauty of poetry!

My Project

In an effort to increase their love of reading and writing, as well as to get them ready to out-perform their peers in higher income communities on the state test, I am requesting access to poetry anthologies and books that clearly exemplify such literary devices as alliteration etc. With daily read-alouds and activities centered around poetry, I have no doubt that my students will never want to stop reading!

The strong foundation of renowned poets in a classroom library is a must-have, but due to financial restrictions, both our school and classroom currently own NO poetic resources.

With your help, my students will be reading and writing their own poetry in no time!

Ms. Gentzler
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 88 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Where the Sidewalk Ends: 30th Anniversary Special Edition Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.54 1 $10.54
A Light in the Attic: Special Edition Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Falling Up: Poems and Drawings Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.98 1 $12.98
Animalia Graeme Base • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
Crunch Munch Jonathan London, Michael Rex (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Some Smug Slug Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
Dear Deer Gene Barretta • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Clara Caterpillar Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Alligator Arrived with Apples: A Potluck Alphabet Feast Crescent Dragonwagon, Ariane Dewey (Illustrator), Jose Aruego (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children : A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator), Selected by Jack Prelutsky • AKJ BOOKS $15.72 1 $15.72

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