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Mrs. Plank from Tawas City MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Deep Roots in Reading!

My students need a set of mentor texts to go with a new reading unit we will be using called "Rooted in Reading."

  • $541 goal

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My Students

My school is in a small, rural community in northern-lower Michigan. For the most part, my students come from a very low, socioeconomic status. Most depend on free or reduced rate breakfast and lunch, and food backpacks that are sent home weekly. Despite a lack of resources, they are truly some of the most loving and compassionate students I know. Every year, in lieu of a Christmas present exchange, my first graders collect and donate presents to a local children's hospital. They are a curious, hardworking, and kind hearted group of children.

My Project

Over the past year, our school has transitioned to a program called Reader's Workshop to help with reading instruction. It has shown fantastic results but yet I still feel like something is missing from reading instruction.

Kids need to listen to quality stories read aloud and practice responding to those.

For that reason, I decided to purchase an additional program called Rooted in Reading with my own money. This program is used by many teachers and schools throughout the country! The only problem is that each week we need to mentor text to read aloud.

Each mentor text will be used for an entire week, where the class focuses on different grammar, phonics, and vocabulary lessons. By purchasing one set of mentor texts, the four teachers in first grade can share the resources instead of purchasing individual sets.

Mrs. Plank
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Darkest Dark • Amazon Business $14.67 1 $14.67
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Penguin in Peril • Amazon Business $14.45 1 $14.45
The Great Spruce • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Hoot and Peep • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Maddi's Fridge • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Real Cowboys • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
I Don't Want to Be a Frog • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Big Bed • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Koala Who Could • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
School's First Day of School • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Thunder Underground • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion • Amazon Business $11.57 1 $11.57
Naughty Mabel • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Nerdy Birdy • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Oskar and the Eight Blessings • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Mermaid • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Cloudette • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
The Animals' Santa • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Honey... Honey... Lion! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Alligators and Crocodiles • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Scarecrow's Hat • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Sylvie • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Over and Under the Snow • Amazon Business $7.13 1 $7.13
Farfallina & Marcel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Chameleons Are Cool: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Make Way for Ducklings • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Pumpkin Soup: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $6.11 1 $6.11
Chicks and Salsa • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
A Plump And Perky Turkey • Amazon Business $4.45 1 $4.45

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