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Mrs. Noordsy from Sioux Falls SD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Lifetime Readers

My students need a variety of texts to meet all of their reading needs and interests! To nurture a love for reading, it is essential to have books that students truly enjoy, and want to read.

  • $424 goal

This project expired on August 16, 2018.

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My Students

It’s difficult to put into words what I see and experience every day as the teacher of 21-second graders. 21 unique minds, 21 unique personalities, and 21 unique cultures and backgrounds. Countries of origin may be located in Africa and Central America, as well as many students coming from the United States. Our school is located in the heart of a low-income neighborhood. This is reflected in our classroom through the necessity of free and reduced-price lunches offered to 100% of students at our school. The need is also reflected in the “Snack Packs” sent home every Friday and the healthy snacks given to each student every single day.

My students are 7 to 8 years old, but many have experienced more tragedy, more trauma than I ever knew existed when I was their age.

Every time they walk through our classroom door, it is my goal, my duty, to ensure each and every one of my students feels safe and loved. If they do not feel that way at home, they need it more than ever at school.

My Project

The purpose of this project is to increase the variety of books we have in our personal classroom library. Our students are expected to read independently each day. Having the ability to choose which books they are able to read drastically increases their interest!

Imagine having to read for 20 to 40 minutes each day, but not having access to the books you enjoy.

Your passion for reading would not grow, or even worse, may never take off. My goal is for each of my second graders to go into third grade with a love for reading. This love has the ability to shape the rest of their lives!

Throughout the year, I have taken note of which books my second graders tend to gravitate toward-- Star Wars, Ninjago, Owl Diaries and Mercy Watson are among many of their favorites. If we had these books in the classroom, my students would not need to wait until library the next week to check out a new book of their favorite series!

Mrs. Noordsy
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Series Sampler - Mercy Watson (5 Books) • AKJ Education $22.41 1 $22.41
Owl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box Set • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
Minnesota Vikings • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Are You Ready to Play Outside? • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Legend of the Brown Ninja (LEGO Ninjago: Chapter Book) • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
LEGO Ninjago: Attack of the Nindroids(Reader #8) • AKJ Education $3.59 2 $7.18
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 6 • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Trilogy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Darth Paper Strikes Back • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Mo Willems • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Who Flies, Cat the Cat? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Sleeps, Cat the Cat? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Lego Star Wars A Search-and-Find Book • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Extreme Skydiving • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Basketball's Greatest Players • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Uranium Unicorns From Uranus • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Jurassic Jackrabbits From Jupiter (Book 5) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Voodoo Vultures From Venus (Book 3) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Naughty Nightcrawlers from Neptune • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Mercy Watson Fights Crime • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Now You See Me... (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Pythor's Revenge (LEGO NINJAGO: Chapter Book) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
LEGO Ninjago Chapter Book: Jay, Ninja of Lightning Ninja of Lightning • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
DK Readers L1: LEGO NINJAGO: Ninja in Action • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Monster Trucks! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
LEGO Star Wars: Empire Strikes Out • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Cooking with the Grinch (Dr. Seuss) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
LEGO Ninjago Chapter Book: Cole, Ninja of Earth Ninja of Earth • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Join the Rebels • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
LEGO Ninjago Reader #2: Masters of Spinjitzu • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Ready, Set, Podrace! • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
LEGO Ninjago Reader #1: Way of the Ninja • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Spy vs. Spy (LEGO Ninjago: Reader #13) • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Readers Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Jedi in Training (Level 2) • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Clone Troopers in Action • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Hi! Fly Guy (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Lego Star Wars the Force Awakens • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
World of Reading Star Wars Rebels Ezra and the Pilot Level 2 • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
LEGO Ninjago: Rise of the Snakes (Reader #4) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
LEGO Ninjago: The Titanium Ninja (Reader #10) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
How to Help the Earth-by the Lorax • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
LEGO Ninjago: Techno Strike! (Reader #9) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
DK Readers L4: LEGO NINJAGO: Team Ninja • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Day of the Departed (LEGO Ninjago: Reader) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Green Ninja • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Pirates Vs. Ninja • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
I Love the Nightlife! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Look for the Lorax • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Hooray for Hair! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
A Day In The Office Of Doctor Bugspit (Balloon Toons) • AKJ Education $2.00 1 $2.00
Birthdays and Bridesmaids • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Penny of the Pyramids (Mr. Peabody & Sherman) • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Friends and Fashion • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Another Rumpus! • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Munch • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Pets and Parties • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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