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  • $369 goal

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Mrs. Poyndexter
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Free to Read

My students need fiction and non-fiction beginning readers like Mo Willems, DK Readers, and Pete the Cat. I ordered girl books like Fancy Nancy and Batman for boys.

My Students

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."- Frederick Douglass. Each year I ask my students what they want to learn. They always respond, "We want to learn to read!" I want to provide my students with books that engage, entertain and teach lessons and are written at each level.

I have a classroom of 26 first graders who are just dying to read!

They love to hear me read aloud and listen intently to every word that comes out of my mouth. I love to see them act out stories as I read books to them. Each and every child in my room is bursting with the background knowledge, stamina, and enthusiasm that it takes to become an outstanding reader. Most of my children are visual and hands-on learners. They love to help each other learn. These children come from various backgrounds. Many of them want for nothing while others are just getting by. Although my children come from many different home situations,their parents are extremely supportive. They will work with me to bring the gift of reading to their children.

My Project

It is a disturbing fact that more than 88% of children who have difficulty reading at the end of first grade display similar difficulties at the end of fourth grade. It is important that my first grade classroom has a variety of books at many different reading levels to meet the needs of all of my students. Children are motivated to read to pursue their own interests. Many children prefer to read a variety of non-fiction as well as fiction books. As a child's stamina increases he/she needs an even wider selection of books to choose from. Imagine the student's disappointment when they have read all the books at their level and there aren't any more to read. Pretty disappointing! Currently the books I have for first grade readers are limited. I have a lot of gaps in my classroom library. Each child needs at least 12 books to read a week. That adds up to a lot of books to keep building my students' reading stamina and interests!

Each week students will fill a bin with 12 books to read during our 45 min.

independent reading time. These books must be "œjust right" for each reader, so they can read independently and feel successful as a reader. Children will use these books to build their reading stamina, become experts with all of the many skills involved in reading, and fall in love with reading! They will use these books to set goals for their reading. They will challenge themselves each day to become a better reader.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
A Big Guy Took My Ball! (Elephant and Piggie Book, An) • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.89 1 $7.89
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
I Broke My Trunk! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Listen to My Trumpet! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Happy Pig Day! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
My Friend is Sad (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Tiny's Bath (Penguin Young Readers, L1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
I'm a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) (Elephant and Piggie Book, An) • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving • Amazon $4.19 1 $4.19
Butterflies (Penguin Young Readers, L2) • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
Amazing Buildings (DK Readers, Level 2) • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
DK Readers: Animals at Home • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
Readers: Bermuda Triangle • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Lizards • Amazon $3.84 1 $3.84
Born to Be a Butterfly (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.83 1 $3.83
National Geographic Readers: Planes • Amazon $3.75 1 $3.75
DK Readers: Wild Baby Animals • Amazon $3.71 1 $3.71
National Geographic Readers: Saving Animal Babies • Amazon $3.60 1 $3.60
Batman: Meet the Super Heroes (I Can Read Book ) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Batman Classic: Dawn of the Dynamic Duo (I Can Read Book 2) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Monkeys • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Dinosaurs • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Hibernation • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
When Tiny Was Tiny (Penguin Young Readers, L1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pete the Cat: Play Ball! (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Sea Turtles • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Tiny the Snow Dog (Puffin Easy-to-Read, Level 1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Tiny Goes to the Library (Penguin Young Readers, L1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
A Trip to the Zoo (DK Readers, Level 1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Readers: Tale of a Tadpole • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
This is Spider-Man Level 1 Reader (World of Reading) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Tiny the Birthday Dog • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Readers: Jobs People Do -- A Day in a Life of a Firefighter (Level 1: Beginning to Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
This is Iron Man Level 1 Reader (World of Reading) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Justice League Classic: Meet the Justice League (I Can Read Book 2) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party (I Can Read Book 1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pinkalicious: Soccer Star (I Can Read Book 1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Pinkalicious: School Rules! (I Can Read Book 1) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Polar Animals • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Soccer Game! • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26
Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina • Amazon $2.39 1 $2.39

Materials cost

$258.46

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$21.06

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.88

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$313.40

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$55.31

Total project goal

$368.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$368.71

2 Donors

-$318.71

Donations toward project cost

-$270.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$47.81

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 75 students.

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