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Mrs. U. from Hammond IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Early Chapter Books Series to Help Struggling Readers

My students need high-interest, chapter book series (like the "Cam Jansen" and "Magic Tree House" series) that are written on an easier level, in order to have successful opportunities with longer texts.

  • $398 goal

This project expired on June 14, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember reading as a child and falling in love with the characters? I do, I loved Nancy Drew and I read the whole series! Once I knew her, I was compelled to read more. That is what these series books will do for my students as they are making their way from picture books to chapter books.

I am fortunate to work with the best intermediate students in the country!

My students are in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades and have been identified as struggling readers. My school is an urban school that has a neighborhood feel to it. Most of the families in this community have been here for generations. The students targeted for use with these books are 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students that have been identified as struggling readers. These books would specific help those intermediate students that are reading at a 1st and 2nd grade level. My goal is help them discover a love for reading; to get them to see the value in reading daily for enjoyment. With the right book, I will be able to hook them! As they experience success with one book, they will take their knowledge and love for the characters and read other books in the series.

My Project

Accessibility of books is key to student success. Kelly Gallagher, author of "Readicide," states that students who come from text-poor environments and educational settings are, on average, three years lower in their reading performance. That is not only shameful, but preventable. Studies have shown that students who are active, engaged readers (readers who read often because they want to) do much better on standardized tests. I want to create opportunities that inspire students to devour books! The series books I have included in this project are ones that are popular with the students at my school. However, my students, as struggling readers, were not able to experience success with these books in 1st and 2nd grade as most of their classmates did. However, with the progress they have been making in reading, they are ready to get to know these series too! This is where you come in, by providing them access to these books in our classroom.

According to Gallagher, "Students who read less, read less well.

Students who read less well, do less well in school. People who do less well in school do less well in the workplace and participate less in civic life." Wow! That statement makes me realize that getting students "hooked" on reading will have a positive effect on them FOR LIFE! My goal is to ignite a love for reading in my students and open up their future to successes. Please help me reach this goal with each of my students!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1-28 Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $76.40 1 $76.40
Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House Series #29) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Magic Tree House Series #30) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Tree House Series #31) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Winter of the Ice Wizard (Magic Tree House Series #32) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.17 1 $8.17
Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House Series #33) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House Series #34) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Night of the New Magicians (Magic Tree House Series #35) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House Series #36) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Dragon of the Red Dawn (Magic Tree House Series #37) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Monday with a Mad Genius (Magic Tree House Series #38) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House Series #39) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Magic Tree House Series #40) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Magic Tree House #42: A Good Night for Ghosts Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Series #43) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
Junie B. Jones's Second Boxed Set Ever!: Books 5-8 Barbara Park • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
Junie B. Jones's Third Boxed Set Ever! Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
Junie B. Jones's Fourth Boxed Set Ever! (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #1) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the U.F.O. (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #2) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #3) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Television Dog (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #4) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Gold Coins (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #5) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #6) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Circus Clown (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #7) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Monster Movie (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #8) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Carnival Prize (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #9) David A. Adler • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #11) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery of Flight 54 (Cam Jansen Adventure Series #12) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery at Monkey House (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #10) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery at the Haunted House (Cam Jansen Adventure Series #13) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Chocolate Fudge Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #14) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Triceratops Pops Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventure Series #15) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Ghostly Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #16), Vol. 16 David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Scary Snake Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #17) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Catnapping Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #18) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Barking Treasure Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #19) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Birthday Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #20) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The School Play Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #21) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The First Day of School Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #22) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Tennis Trophy Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #23) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Snowy Day Mystery (Cam Jansen Adventures Series #24) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Valentine Baby Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #25) David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Secret Service Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #26), Vol. 26 David A. Adler, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Mystery Writer Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #27) David A. Adler, Joy Allen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Green School Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #28) David A. Adler, David Adler, Allen (Illustrator), Joy Allen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Basketball Mystery (Cam Jansen Series #29) David A. Adler, Joy Allen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41

Materials cost

$298.02

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.47

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$337.49

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$59.56

Total project goal

$397.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$397.05

7 Donors

-$124.94

Donations toward project cost

-$107.10

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.84

match offer

-$271.05

Match offer toward project cost

-$230.39

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.66

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.06

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$0.00

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