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Mrs. Halford from Wichita Falls TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Future Illustrators In My Classroom, Part 2

Help me give my students a variety of picture books to inspire and integrate literature into art.

  • $733 goal

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My Students

I wish I could describe the excitement of my students as they entered our new classroom this year. The oohs and ahhs as each class crossed through the door melted my heart. I have taught fifth grade science the last five years and made the change to art teacher this year. This is the first time in years that our students will have a full time art teacher. Now I have all of our students kindergarten through fifth grade. So far they have enjoyed getting to explore our new space, fun seating choices, and hands-on activities.

I wanted my art classroom to not look anything like a traditional classroom so all summer I've been gathering kitchen tables from garage sales and trading posts.

Now my students have brightly colored kitchen tables where they can create their masterpieces. My goal is to provide all my students with an engaging, fun and safe learning environment. My school is Title 1 and located in a low socio-economic neighborhood where 98% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Most of my students are faced with many challenges in the classroom and at home.

My Project

My classroom is lacking in picture books since I previously only taught upper elementary and my goal this year is to gradually start adding books that I can relate to fun, new lessons that link to our art projects.

I'm hoping these new books with inspire my young artists to create "masterpieces" and help them make connections from their art to jobs they can have in their future like an illustrator.

Mouse Shapes will be great for my younger students to review shapes. I would give them choices of different colored shapes that they would need to cut out so this would help with their cutting skills then they would create a picture with them just like the mice from the book.

The Grouchy Ladybug will help me remind my students that we all can get grouchy at times then we can discuss how to deal with these emotions. They will then create a rock pet lady bug using supplies from the class Maker Space to remind them about positive ways to help them when they're upset.

Pattern Bugs will help integrate math and reading into our art lesson. It will help my younger students review how to make patterns. We will then create class quilts using paper weaving.

There are so many great books to integrate into our art lessons. I can't wait to get these pages and pages of examples into my student's hands. I want to help build their love of reading and art at the same time. The options would be endless with all these AMA-zing books.

Mrs. Halford
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bear's Picture • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
The Art Lesson • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Why Is Blue Dog Blue? • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
The Museum • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Pattern Bugs • AKJ Education $16.53 1 $16.53
A River • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Wing On A Flea (Emberley) • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Action Jackson • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Georgia's Bones • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Quiltmaker's Gift • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Big Orange Splot • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Splatter • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Mouse Paint • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Snowy Day • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Pocket Full of Colors • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Bad Seed • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Noisy Paint Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Leaf • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Mouse Shapes • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Grandma in Blue with Red Hat • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Cat and the Bird: A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Klee • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Lines That Wiggle • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
The Grouchy Ladybug (World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Harold and the Purple Crayon • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
The Keeping Quilt: 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Sydney & Simon: Go Green! • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Sydney & Simon: Full Steam Ahead! • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Madeline • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rembrandt and the Boy Who Drew Dogs A Story About Rembrandt Van Rijn • AKJ Education $6.15 1 $6.15
This Is Not a Valentine • Amazon Business $3.88 1 $3.88

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