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Mrs. Thomasson from Metropolis IL is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Enabling Students to Become Fluent Readers

I need research-based literacy materials that will enable me to provide more effective instruction to my struggling readers and ensure that they as well as my other students have bright futures as readers.

  • $410 goal

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My Students

I love teaching! I have loved it for 28 years! I enjoy the anticipation and excitement of my students as they face new challenges, and I enjoy looking for new ways to make learning more interesting and engaging. A day in my classroom is a day filled with learning, respect, and hard work. My school is in a rural area, and the students that I teach come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Our class motto is, "In this room, we don't do easy.

We make easy happen through hard work and learning!" I have high expectations for my students and do everything in my ability to help them achieve their goals! I enjoy planning creative lessons and projects as much as my students enjoy working on them!

My Project

It is easy to become complacent in your teaching; however, I don’t like to settle. As I grow as a teacher and as the world changes around me, each year brings new challenges. With the introduction of Common Core and higher level reading skills, I have found that our old basal reader simply doesn’t address many of the literacy skills now presented at the third grade level. The materials I am requesting are professional books that will help me learn new techniques for teaching fluency and will better equip me with ways to address and teach the rigorous types of questions my students are now faced with. Literacy is vital to a learner’s growth in all areas, and I want to ensure that they are ready for the world some day!

The various books I have requested are books that will teach me how to better utilize small-group and large-group instruction so that my students can grow as readers.

These resources will not only build on my expertise but will help me bring new refreshing ideas to my students.

Mrs. Thomasson
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading book + The Guided Reading Teacher's Companion • Amazon Business $44.97 1 $44.97
Word Journeys, Second Edition: Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction • Amazon Business $42.70 1 $42.70
Word Sorts and More: Sound, Pattern, and Meaning Explorations K-3 (Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy) • Amazon Business $40.00 1 $40.00
Think Big With Think Alouds, Grades K-5: A Three-Step Planning Process That Develops Strategic Readers (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $32.25 1 $32.25
The Big Book of Details: 46 Moves for Teaching Writers to Elaborate • Amazon Business $32.06 1 $32.06
Read, Talk, Write: 35 Lessons That Teach Students to Analyze Fiction and Nonfiction (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $28.45 1 $28.45
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
180 Days of Writing for Third Grade (180 Days of Practice) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Daily Language Review, Grade 3 • Amazon Business $15.58 1 $15.58
Leveled Text - Dependent Question Stems (Classroom Resources) for Grades K - 12 • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
50 Common Core Reading Response Activities: Easy Mini-Lessons and Engaging Activities to Help Students Explore and Analyze Literature and Informational Texts • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06

Materials cost

$313.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.70

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$347.84

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$61.38

Total project goal

$409.22

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$409.22

1 Donor

-$204.61

Donations toward project cost

-$173.92

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.69

match offer

-$204.61

Match offer toward project cost

-$173.92

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.69

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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