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Mrs. Gardner from Princeville IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Reading Mentor Texts for Comprehension Instruction

Help me give my students the comprehension skills needed to be successful readers by donating to these mentor text stories for our reading curriculum.

  • $490 goal

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My Students

My second grade team teaches in a small rural community in Illinois. Annie has been teaching for 19 years, Jessi is a brand new addition to our team this year, while I have been teaching 27 years with 22 of those years in second grade.

Our second grade students LOVE to be read to and are learning to become engaged readers by learning how to use comprehension strategies to truly dissect a text.

We, as a team, are constantly looking for ways to improve our reading instruction to be able to meet the needs of all our students.

It is amazing to see the growth the students make throughout the year in their comprehension! Where first graders are focused on the act of decoding a text, second graders are “diving deep” into the text to understand the author’s purpose and message. This is the age that a child becomes a true reader!

My Project

A huge part of our second grade reading curriculum is to instill lifelong comprehension skills to ensure learning and understanding.

These engaging mentor texts will help students to be able to deepen their understanding, focus on the structure of the story, and to use the different reading strategies and skills.

We believe in making learning fun and engaging and these texts definitely will help with this!

These books are the main focus each week. These focus books will be read, reread, and revisited throughout the week. This is where our vocabulary and deep comprehension practice happens!

The mentor books that we have chosen are a variety of levels, because we feel that is important to expose our students to many text levels. They are very capable of making deep connections with our guidance!

With these texts, we are looking to build our students’ vocabulary, enhance their understanding, and give them the tools they will need to understand those higher level books.

These read aloud mentor texts also initiate discussions for deeper understanding, and allow for teacher modeling of how to stop and check for comprehension.

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This project will reach 49 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream • Amazon Business $10.95 2 $21.90
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $10.38 2 $20.76
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.69 2 $19.38
How to Catch Santa (How To...relationships) • Amazon Business $16.42 1 $16.42
Brave Irene: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Me . . . Jane • Amazon Business $7.60 2 $15.20
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $7.53 2 $15.06
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.41 2 $14.82
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
The Three Little Javelinas (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.78 2 $13.56
I Need My Monster • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Crankenstein • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
That's What Leprechauns Do • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Library Lion • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sheila Rae, the Brave • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Edward the Emu • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
Looking at Lincoln • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Chester's Way • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod • Amazon Business $7.08 1 $7.08
When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $7.07 1 $7.07
Spiders • Amazon Business $7.06 1 $7.06
Snow Day! • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Night Tree • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (Science Reader Level 2) • Amazon Business $2.79 2 $5.58

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