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Teacher Bell from Brunswick GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fairy Tale Frenzy

My students need books, like Nutcracker and Rapunzel, to read during DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. My students love to read; so why not let them read fairy tales!

  • $450 goal

This project expired on April 21, 2011.

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My Students

Reading is the fundamental road block for all learning. I want to provide an atmosphere where reading is not viewed as laborious but as taking a trip. I'm reminded of the story, "Oh the places you can go." I remind my students that when money is short, you can go anywhere you want to go, in a book.

My students come from all walks of life.

Some have learning difficulties, are poverty stricken, others have language barriers inhibiting their learning. While all of this is still very prevalent in their everyday lives, they still have a desire to know and learn more. They have a drive to be more than their circumstances say they are and more than what their community looks like. Although they have been written off by some of the most important people in their lives, they still come to me everyday with a zest to prove those who have written them off wrong. The school where we work (me teaching and them learning), is an older school and we serve some of the neediest students and families in this city. We try to provide food and gifts during the holidays, as well as during the school year, that are provided by our partners to our families that are in need. Although my students have huge obstacles to face, I give them all that I can and they know that I will expect nothing but the same.

My Project

The resources that I am requesting are children's books. They are mostly fairy tales. Having these resources will change my students' lives because most of them have never heard of a great many of these titles. These are books that helped me to learn to read and have a love for reading growing up. In addition, I believe having these books will help the students to use their imagination more. They do not know how to imagine because everything in their world is so concrete. Utilizing these books will help them to see that using your imagination is okay. One activity that I would have my students do with these books is, write a short paragraph about what it is like to be one of the fairy tale characters. They would have to describe what it is like to be that character and what their day is like. In addition, they would then have to dress up like their character and present their writing to the class.

Exposure to various reading genres is important for the students that I serve.

It will help them to learn how to read and use their imagination in the process. Because they live in a world where everything is so real and concrete, they need to be able to experience what it is like to imagine themselves in another situation unlike their own. I believe when my students get exposure to the titles that I have selected, they will be better readers and people which will have an impact on the world.

Teacher Bell
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) Hans Christian Andersen • AKJ BOOKS $10.45 1 $10.45
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) Brothers Grimm, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $17.08 1 $17.08
Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures Mary Engelbreit • AKJ BOOKS $11.10 1 $11.10
The Mitten Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.17 1 $4.17
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
The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House Series #2) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Aesop, Arthur Rackham (Illustrator), D. L. Ashliman (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Starcatchers Series #3) Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Greg Call (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
Stone Soup Marcia Brown, Marcia Brown (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Nutcracker Susan Jeffers, Susan Jeffers (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Tops and Bottoms Janet Stevens, Stevens, Janet Stevens (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.62 1 $11.62
The Three Snow Bears Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.87 1 $8.87
Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Elizabeth Dalton (Editor), Ludwig Emil Grimm (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
Gingerbread Baby Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Aesop, D. L. Ashliman (Editor), Arthur Rackham (Illustrator), D. L. Ashliman (Illustrator), D. L. Ashliman (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Gingerbread Friends Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
The Little Red Hen Paul Galdone, Paul Galdone (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Fables Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Three Pigs David Wiesner, David Wiesner (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.68 1 $13.68
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
The Rough-Face Girl Rafe Martin, David Shannon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Gingerbread Girl Lisa Campbell Ernst, Lisa Campbell Ernst (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Paul Galdone, Paul Galdone (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback, Simms Taback (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story Pete Seeger, Michael Hays (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Leprechauns and Irish Folklore: A Nonfiction Companion to Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Gingerbread Cowboy Janet Squires, Holly Berry (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Gingerbread Baby Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Yeh Shen A Cinderella Story from China: A Cinderella Story from China Ai-Ling Louie, Ed Young (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Rapunzel's Revenge Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Nathan Hale (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.93 1 $10.93
Egyptian Cinderella Shirley Climo, Ruth Heller (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Gingerbread Man Karen Schmidt, Karen Lee Schmidt (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Nutcracker Ballet ((Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) Deborah Hautzig, Carolyn Ewing (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Rapunzel Paul O. Zelinsky, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator), Based On Work by Brothers Grimm • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
The Five Chinese Brothers Claire Huchet Bishop, Kurt Wiese (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude Kevin O'Malley, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator), Carol Heyer (Illustrator), Scott Goto (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Magic Tree House Series #30) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.17 1 $8.17
Goldilocks and the Three Bears James Marshall, James Marshall (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Stone Soup Ann Mcgovern, Winslow Pinney Pels (Illustrator), Winslow Pinn (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97

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