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Mrs. Pistulka from Orlando FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Dinosaurs Didn't Read, Now They're Extinct. Help Us Get Books!

My students need books that are engaging and accessible so we can bridge the learning gap while creating a love for literacy.

  • $285 goal

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My Students

I teach 3rd-grade students at an inner-city school in Orlando, Florida. My classroom is very diverse in needs, languages, and backgrounds. A large percentage of my students are ELL (English Language Learners) with their native language being either Spanish or Haitian-Creole. My students are incredibly energetic who thrive on active learning and engaging texts.

As a new teacher, my classroom library is scarce.

My students need engaging books that they can check out from their classroom. I have a diverse group of learners. Not only do they speak various languages, but they are at different levels academically. I have some students who are brilliant in their language but struggle with English. I also have above level learners (reading at a 4th-grade level) and below level learners (reading at a K-1 grade level). Finding books to fit their needs is key.

Many of my students don't have the ability to access the public library due to living conditions as well as the availability of their parents. When the school library is closed (for multiple reasons) this really limits their access to literature.

My Project

While my students are incredibly talented, many of them are 1-2 grade levels below where they need to be. Instead of being able to read chapter books, they gravitate toward picture books. I want to remedy this by having an assortment of graphic novels and various levels of chapter books that will get my students on level and beyond. Having a diverse library within the classroom will allow my students to grow as independent readers.

If this project is funded, students will have books that allow them to take ownership of their reading and grow their literacy stamina.

A large problem at our school is comprehension and vocabulary. By creating a selection of books that students personally find intriguing, it is helping students develop a love for reading while closing their gaps in literacy. The best way to improve vocabulary is to read and the best way to grow a love for reading is to be captivated by a good book.

Mrs. Pistulka
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 24 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Owl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box Set • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon • Amazon Business $17.45 1 $17.45
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
My Weird School Collection: Books 1 to 4 • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Spoon • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The Judy Moody Star-Studded Collection: Books 1-3 • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Miss Nelson Is Missing! • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Dog Man Unleashed: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #2) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Superfudge • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #3) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Los tipos malos, novela 1 (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!: Special Edition (The Bad Guys #7) • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93
Sideways Stories from Wayside School • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Un caso grave de rayas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Fly Guy and the Frankenfly (Fly Guy #13) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Fairest of All (Whatever After #1) • Amazon Business $4.46 1 $4.46
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
El príncipe Hombre Mosca (Hombre Mosca #15) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Fly Guy Presents: Sharks (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89

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