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Mrs. Terrones from Ceres CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fourth Graders Sail Away to The Island of the Blue Dolphins

My students need a class set (25) of the novel, "Island of the Blue Dolphins," for a literature unit.

  • $427 goal

This project expired on May 1, 2012.

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My Students

"There are many ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." - Jacqueline Kennedy However, because a majority of adopted curriculum only uses excerpts or chapters from larger books, many students are not given the chance to experience reading a novel from cover to cover.

My students are a talented, creative group of kids who genuinely have a love of learning.

This love is fostered at an amazing charter school of the arts and technology where they have the opportunity to take weekly classes from credentialed art, music, drama, and dance teachers. My students play instruments, perform in musicals and win awards in national art contests. Their academic abilities range from struggling to gifted and talented but they are all given the opportunity to shine at a school that believes in educating the whole child.

My Project

I can vividly remember many of the novels that I read as an elementary student, especially in fourth grade. I loved learning about California's history through historical fiction such as Island of the Blue Dolphins and By the Great Horn Spoon! It was through these literature units that I found the value of reading to learn and reading to escape. Unfortunately, due to the set up of current adopted curriculum, many students are not given the opportunity to take part in literature units that revolve around a novel and therefore struggle with reading a chapter book in its entirety. I plan on using the Newberry Award winning novel Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell as a literature unit to support both our English language arts and social studies programs. As my students read the novel, they will take part in activities that will meet core standards in many content areas, challenge them to use higher level thinking skills and integrate technology and art.

This project is important to me for many reasons.

One is that reading is a passion that I love to share with my students. Another is that the chance to take a break from our adopted curriculum brings variety and excitement to our class that keeps students motivated and engaged. This project will also help me teach my students the value of picking up a chapter book and reading it from the first page to the last. Can you think of a better way to foster life-long readers?

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

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Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Books $11.84 25 $296.00

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