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Mrs. Espinoza from Surprise AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Firsties Gettin' Our Read & Write On

My students need quality literature - books to inspire them to deepen literacy skills like reading comprehension and hone their writing craft.

  • $562 goal

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My Students

My first grade students come to school at a variety of learning levels. They are enthusiastic to explore their world and I am excited to ignite their passion for reading, writing, and literacy!

Families in my community are diverse, students come from two working parent families, single-parent homes, or military/deployed parent houses.

Despite our limited space, families in our district opt to enroll, choice into our school, despite not living in the community specifically. I am excited to embrace all students, build relationships with them, and set high expectations for their reading and writing growth!

My Project

A superb mentor text allows students to identify how an author and illustrator use rich language and captivating images to make a book come alive. For 1st graders, having quality literature is essential for building a solid foundation for both writing and reading skills.

These books are exemplar texts, models of what my students need to deepen, develop, and identify themselves as authors and illustrators.

I firmly believe students need to see themselves as readers and writers! Quality mentor texts, like these, allow students to dig deep into the book, developing skills like questioning, retell, prediction, understanding characters, locating story elements, and ordering the story's events.

Once these skills can be identified in reading, the children excel at comprehending texts and in turn want to write their own books!

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pigsty - Audio Library Edition • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
The Best Story • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
The Paperboy • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
City Dog, Country Frog • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Ralph Tells a Story • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg • Amazon Business $12.68 1 $12.68
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
The Giving Tree • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Clark the Shark • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
Creepy Carrots! • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
A Seed Is Sleepy • Amazon Business $7.18 1 $7.18
Chester • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
When I Was Five • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
My Mama Had A Dancing Heart (Orchard Paperbacks) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Red Rubber Boot Day • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Insect Detective: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Growing Frogs: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Just Ducks! (Read and Wonder) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
How to Heal a Broken Wing • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
Scarecrow • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Shortcut • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Perfect Pet • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Bigmama's • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
What Do Authors Do? • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Snow • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
The Pumpkin Book • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
In November • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
White Owl, Barn Owl: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Ice Bear: Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Emperor's Egg: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Art Lesson (Paperstar Book) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Martha Speaks • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
April Foolishness • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Surprising Sharks: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Wax to Crayons (Welcome Books: How Things Are Made) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Earrings! (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Oranges to Orange Juice • Amazon Business $3.96 1 $3.96

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