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Mrs. McLaughlin from Nashua NH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing as Independent Readers With Nonfiction Books!

Help me give my students nonfiction books that are at their reading level, fit our curriculum, and are very high interest for my students, such as dinosaurs, sea creatures, and pumpkins.

  • $327 goal

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My Students

This year, I have switched grade levels and am teaching first grade! I feel very fortunate to be working with my 25 energetic first graders and am excited to see what this year has in store for their growth. I work at an inner-city school where the majority of our students receive free or reduced price lunch. We have a very high ELL (English Language Learners) and special education population.

Many of our students have an inconsistent home life and just having them come to school on a regular basis is reason for us to celebrate.

Before we worry about curriculum, we try to make sure that their basic needs are met. Despite their difficulties outside of school, the majority of my students come to school eager to learn. Our school is always trying to provide a warm community for our students to grow as individuals. I am always greeted by smiling faces and big hugs, especially after a weekend. I believe it is our duty to provide our students with the best learning opportunities and materials. Unfortunately, our school budget doesn't always allow for that.

My Project

These materials will make a difference in my students' learning because these books are centered around their interests. My first graders are very curious about the world around them, especially animals and pumpkins, and as we have begun to discuss more about science and life cycles, like apples and pumpkins, my students are finding themselves more in the nonfiction section of our classroom library. Due to my grade switch, however, most of my students can only enjoy the illustrations of these books and cannot read them independently.

My students are at the point in the year where they are comfortable with their reading routines and are beginning to love reading independently, these nonfiction books will help them grow towards their individual goals and will be books that grow with them through the year.

Having new nonfiction books will empower my students to take on new vocabulary as they learn some new facts about some of their favorite creatures, and may also find new facts about a new creature! They will also be able to independently investigate with these books topics that we may cover as a class, such as habitats and life cycles. In our next writing unit, they will also be able to use these books as mentor texts as they write about nonfiction topics they are experts in.

Mrs. McLaughlin
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mammal Mania (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
From Seed to Plant • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fall Weather: Cooler Temperatures (Cloverleaf Books: Fall's Here!) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Fruit Is a Suitcase for Seeds (Exceptional Nonfiction Titles for Primary Grades) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Apples • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Why Do Animals Hibernate? (Nature's Super Secrets) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Pumpkin Book • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sloths (Nature's Children) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter (Cloverleaf Books: Fall's Here!) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Animal Mothers and Babies (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Animals in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Picture the Seasons) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
How Do You Know It's Fall? (Rookie Read-About Science) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Hammerhead Sharks (All About Sharks) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
National Geographic Readers: Manatees • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Dive, Dolphin • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Sleep, Bear! • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Amazing Whales! (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Lions • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bugs A to Z • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
National Geographic Readers: Sea Otters • Amazon Business $4.45 1 $4.45
National Geographic Readers: Swing Sloth!: Explore the Rain Forest • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Safari • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
A Day in a Life of a Police Officer (Level 1: Beginning to Read) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Ants • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Prehistoric Mammals • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Pyramids (Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Dinosaurs • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Sea Turtles • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Dolphins • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
DK Readers: Jobs People Do -- A Day in a Life of a Firefighter (Level 1: Beginning to Read) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Bats • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
A Chicken's Life (Watch It Grow) • Amazon Business $3.64 1 $3.64
National Geographic Readers: Giraffes • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Weather • Amazon Business $3.57 1 $3.57
How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter (How and Why Series) • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (Science Reader Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.26 1 $3.26
National Geographic Readers: Hop, Bunny!: Explore the Forest • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
National Geographic Readers: Storms! • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

Materials cost

$243.95

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.66

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$277.61

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.99

Total project goal

$326.60

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$326.60

3 Donors

-$163.30

Donations toward project cost

-$138.81

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.49

match offer

-$163.29

Match offer toward project cost

-$138.80

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.49

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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