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Ms. Hembrough from Loves Park IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

First Graders in a Frenzy to Read at Home

My students need high-interest, easy to read books to take home to read with their families including Young Cam Jansen, Mercy Watson and Silly Lilly books.

  • $522 goal

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My Students

"Words are your wheels to take you anywhere you feel. Where you can laugh or you can cry, let your imagination fly, let it lead you where it will." Help me turn those wheels and keep my students reading at home!

I've taught in my building for 12 years and have grown to truly love my job.

In those 12 years, I have seen major changes in the home lives of our students. We felt the economic downturn a few years ago, as we watched our percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch rise. Nearly 80% of the students in the building receive free/reduced lunch. (This is actually a decrease from a few years ago.) Additionally, our mobility rate has increased dramatically. Almost 20% of the students in the building will transfer in or out in the course of the school year. The six and seven year old children I work with every day wear many hats; they are playwrights, lyricists, poets, mathematicians, scientists, authors, and readers. The energy level and enthusiasm for learning I see from my students every day is inspiring (and sometimes exhausting - but in a good way).

My Project

Despite the change in building demographics, parent support remains strong. Parents in my building continue to want the best education for their children, and work hard with their children at home. My students bring home their "book-in-a-bag" every night. The bag contains 2-3 student selected books, a record sheet, a bookmark, and a card with reading strategies. Students read with their families for at least 20 minutes each night. It's amazing the impact I see with just 20 minutes of reading! I know the students in my class will LOVE these new "book-in-a-bag" books. I chose a variety of books, both fiction/literature and non-fiction/informational.

As a first grade teacher, one of my primary responsibilities is to create readers.

I take kindergartners, with letter knowledge and some sight words, and turn them into readers. It's an amazing task, and an honor for me. Another responsibility of my job is to make my students love learning. These high-interest, first grade appropriate books will help me accomplish both responsibilities.

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Ms. Hembrough
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
This Is the Way We Eat Our Food • AKJ Books $5.07 4 $20.28
Bugs Are Insects • AKJ Books $4.37 4 $17.48
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig • AKJ Books $4.37 4 $17.48
Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let''s-Read-and-Find-Out Science • AKJ Books $4.37 4 $17.48
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking • AKJ Books $3.64 4 $14.56
Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons • AKJ Books $3.64 4 $14.56
Mo and Jo Fighting Together Forever • AKJ Books $3.64 4 $14.56
Little Mouse Gets Ready • AKJ Books $3.64 4 $14.56
Plants That Eat Animals (Rookie Read-About Science Series) A • AKJ Books $3.61 4 $14.44
Drip, Drop • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
100th Day of School (Hello Reader! Series) Angela Shelf Mede • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Here Comes Silent E • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Show me the Honey (The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Monster Bugs • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Dolores And The Big Fire: A True Story • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Prescue Brave Norman • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
See How They Go Spaceship • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Apples: And How They Grow • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Amazing Tigers! (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Sarah L. T • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
A Baby Panda is Born (AAR) • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Amazing Sharks! (I Can Read Book Series) (Level 2) Sarah L. • AKJ Books $2.91 4 $11.64
Looking at Bears Deborah Hodge, Pat Stephens (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $2.88 4 $11.52
Journey of a Humpback Whale (DK Level 2) • AKJ Books $2.79 4 $11.16
Submarines and Submersibles (DK Readers Level 1 Series) Debo • AKJ Books $2.60 4 $10.40
Here Come the Trucks - 5858 • AKJ Books $1.82 4 $7.28
CamJansen&The new girl Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Cup Cake Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Dinosaur Mystery #4 • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Football Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery-3/15 • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Big Yellow Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Bones and the Birthday Mystery (#5) • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Young Cam Jansen Ice Skate Mystery • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82

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