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Mrs. Taranko from Whitehall MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Destination M.A.R.S - Making All Reading Successful!

My students need 4 copies each of 28 high interest books to increase their interest and success in reading.

  • $782 goal

This project expired on May 4, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

How awesome would it be to take a trip to Ancient Rome or to another planet? Students who read successfully can do this everyday! The students that our intervention team work with struggle to comprehend and enjoy the treat that avid reading affords! We need books to reach our destination: M.A.R.S!

Our students are wonderful and motivated third, forth, and fifth graders.

They have worked hard in previous years to excel in school; however, they have not responded fully to the classroom instruction in the area of reading and thus need some extra help. We work with small cooperative groups to boost their literacy skills (fluency, comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, sight word identification, and background knowledge). Our combined work - students and staff- is worth it! Successful reading can change a child's life.

My Project

The books that I have requested are primarily informational texts. The subject matter ranges from photosynthesis to Ancient Egypt to arithmetic. Our work focuses on complimenting the classroom instruction by helping build literacy skills while building background knowledge. Since these books are at the reading levels that our students are reading at, they will be able to successfully comprehend the subject matter and apply it to their classroom studies.

Feeling success in the classroom by being able to share their knowledge and connect new learnings is imperative to ensuring our students remain engaged in their learning.

As our students prepare to move to the secondary level, building their skills and knowledge base is only half the battle; confidence in their abilities is what will make the ultimate difference. We can and will do it - we need books and we need you! Please take part in making reading successful for all readers.

Mrs. Taranko
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story • AKJ Books $6.62 4 $26.48
Basketball Legends • AKJ Books $6.62 4 $26.48
Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth • AKJ Books $5.18 4 $20.72
Sir Cumference and All the King''s Tens • AKJ Books $5.88 4 $23.52
Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin • AKJ Books $5.88 4 $23.52
Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World Yes Magazine Edit • AKJ Books $6.62 4 $26.48
The DNA Gave It Away! • AKJ Books $5.14 4 $20.56
In 1776 • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
Mummies! National Geographic Readers • AKJ Books $2.95 4 $11.80
Fireboat • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
The Best Book of Pirates • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
Mailing May Michael O. Tunnell, Ted Rand (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
Ice Mummy: The Discovery of a 5,000 Year Old Man • AKJ Books $2.95 4 $11.80
Erosion: Changing Earth''s Surface Robin Michal Koontz, Matth • AKJ Books $5.88 4 $23.52
Water Dance • AKJ Books $5.18 4 $20.72
Dinosaur Named Sue: The Find of the Centry, A • AKJ Books $2.95 4 $11.80
Fossils • AKJ Books $6.62 4 $26.48
Hurricane • AKJ Books $5.91 4 $23.64
Hurricanes • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
Big Freeze (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 4 $23.64
Tornadoes • AKJ Books $5.17 4 $20.68
You Wouldn''t Want to Be an American Colonist!: A Settlement • AKJ Books $7.36 4 $29.44
What If You Met a Pirate? • AKJ Books $5.88 4 $23.52
Gladiators & Ancient Rome • AKJ Books $5.36 4 $21.44
Secrets of the Mummies • AKJ Books $2.95 4 $11.80
You Wouldn''t Want to Be a Viking Explorer!: Voyages You''d Ra • AKJ Books $7.36 4 $29.44
You Wouldn''t Want to Be a Pyramid Builder! • AKJ Books $7.36 4 $29.44
You Wouldn''t Want to Live in Pompeii!: A Volcanic Eruption Y • AKJ Books $7.36 4 $29.44

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