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Ms. Simmons from Newaygo MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Confident Writers: Strong Hands and Minds

Help me give my students mentor texts and tools for building strong writers.

  • $555 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kindergarten students are full of energy and love to play and learn. They live in a small rural community in West Michigan and attend a K-4 building. A majority receive free/reduced price lunch because of the low income area we live in. My classroom is made up of students of varying academic abilities and socioeconomic status.

Despite any struggles that they may be facing, my kindergarten students approach each day with positivity, excitement and a strong love for learning!

My Project

Young writers need strong hands and examples of where they are headed. My students need books for mentoring their writing as well as a variety of manipulatives like snap cubes and Play-Doh for fine tuning their fine motor skills. This project will put fun materials in their hands that will strengthen fingers and aid in hand eye coordination... all important beginning writing skills. The mentor texts(the books) will provide students with examples of exemplar writing, being age appropriate they will engage and encourage students to see themselves as writers and experiment with various writing genres. Together these materials will create confident writers in a developmentally appropriate way.

Ms. Simmons
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 21 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
15 Quart Storage Container • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.96 6 $53.76
Learning Resources Snap Cubes, Educational Counting Toy, Set of 500 Cubes • Amazon Business $41.62 1 $41.62
PLAY-DOH SUPER COLOR PACK SET OF 20 • School Specialty $17.67 1 $17.67
All the Places to Love • Amazon Business $17.18 1 $17.18
A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $15.80 1 $15.80
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
One Day, The End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Duck! Rabbit! • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
Pizza at Sally's • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Ralph Tells a Story • Amazon Business $12.68 1 $12.68
Flashlight • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Manipulative Clip Box • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.36 2 $10.72
Ish • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Small Clip Box • Kaplan Early Learning Company $4.46 2 $8.92
STICK COLORED SET OF 1000 • School Specialty $8.87 1 $8.87
RUBBERBANDS 1.5OZ ASSORTED SIZES/COLORS ALL07706 • School Specialty $2.90 3 $8.70
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola) • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Acerich 2000 Pcs 1cm Assorted Pompoms Multicolor Arts and Crafts Fuzzy Pom Poms Balls for DIY Creative Crafts Decorations • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Oh No, George! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Building a House (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What Do Authors Do? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Who Hops? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
In My Opinion • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Listening Walk • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
How to Make Slime (Hands-On Science Fun) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
How to Make a Liquid Rainbow (Hands-On Science Fun) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Red is Best • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
The Alphabet Tree (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
My Lucky Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Walt Disney's Cinderella (a Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Frog Prince (Hello Reader! Level 3, Grades 1 & 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: George Washington Carver (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Giraffes • Amazon Business $3.83 1 $3.83

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