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Ms. Ruoff from Zionsville IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Digging Deeper Into Literature With Socratic Seminars

My students need mentor texts in order to help to guide them through Socratic seminars in our third grade classroom.

  • $349 goal

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My Students

My third grade students are all so unique! Our classroom is comprised of a wide-range of interests, personalities, and academic strengths and weaknesses. While it is impossible to encompass the energy of my classroom in a brief paragraph, my students and I love finding new ways to make our classroom environment engaging to help to continue to spread our love for learning. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate technology, flexible seating, and other new engaging resources into our classroom in order to make this dream a reality!

My Project

In my third grade classroom, I am always looking for new ways to teach my students to find the deeper meaning in the books they read. We have begun to have Socratic seminars in our classroom in order to help facilitate this goal.

These Socratic seminars are student-lead discussions about mentor texts that encourage my students to dive into their text, become confident in their ideas, prove their thoughts, and engage in respectful collaboration and conversations with their peers.

By having access to a multitude of mentor texts that we can base our seminars on, we will have the materials we need in order to make this a consistent activity in our classroom! I am requesting a wide range of literature titles to support our class Socratic seminars.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Tortoise & the Hare • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
The Sneetches and Other Stories • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Oh, the Places You'll Go!   • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
The Giving Tree • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Grasshopper & the Ants • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Horton Hears a Who! • Amazon Business $10.24 1 $10.24
Little Red Riding Hood • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Three Little Pigs (Paul Galdone Classics) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Big Orange Splot • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble • Amazon Business $6.33 1 $6.33
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Last Day Blues (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) • Amazon Business $5.70 1 $5.70
Miss Nelson Is Missing! • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) • Amazon Business $4.97 1 $4.97
The Little Red Hen (Paul Galdone Classics) • Amazon Business $4.93 1 $4.93
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $4.38 1 $4.38

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