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Mr. Windisch from Coeur D Alene ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Guys Read Club

My students need books to read in our Guys Read Club and supplies, such as tape and labels, to review and label Guys Read Approved books in our school library.

  • $431 goal

This project expired on May 3, 2011.

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My Students

Almost every guy remembers teachers assigning books that he just couldn't relate to! Unfortunately, some boys have the mistaken impression that NO books relate to them. A Guys Read Club gets these boys together to read high-interest books and recommend them to other boys in the school.

My fifth graders come from mixed backgrounds.

Our school educates a cross-section of economic groups in our Idaho city from extreme poverty to middle class. Still, they all work together in my classroom. I'm the only male classroom teacher in my school, so many of the boys in my class are able to relate to me in ways they haven't with past teachers. I want to spark a love of learning and reading in these boys so they continue to work hard and excel after they leave my classroom.

My Project

Our Guys Read club brings together a group of fifth grade boys to share the joy of reading. So far, we've just been able to discuss books that club members have read individually. If we were to have sets of high-interest books, groups of boys within the club could read the same book simultaneously and get together for discussions. Turning reading into a social event will encourage more of my reluctant boy readers to pick up a book and join us. In addition to reading and discussing books, I would also like to provide the Guys Read club with pocket notebooks so they could jot down ideas as they read. Guys Read members will turn these notes into book reviews to be posted on the school website and mark reviewed books with "Guys Read Approved" labels in our school and classroom libraries. These "Guys Read Approved" books will be our school's gold standard of interesting literature for boys.

I've only taught for eight years, but during that time I've noticed the number of boys who love reading dwindle.

Many boys say that there aren't books at school that interest them. Donating books and reviewing supplies to our Guys Read Club will get high-interest books into boys' hands. As they read these books and mark them as "Guys Read Approved," they will encourage more boys to self-select interesting books. Boys at our school will never say, "There's nothing for me to read" again!

Mr. Windisch
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Revolutionary City Bentley Boyd, Colonial Williamsburg • AKJ BOOKS $6.60 7 $46.20
The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet The Muppets Roger Langridge, Roger Langridge (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 7 $59.78
Lincoln: A Photobiography Russell Freedman • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 7 $59.50
Guys Read: Funny Business Jon Scieszka, Jack Gantos, Christopher Paul Curtis, David Yoo, Kate DiCamillo • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 7 $41.79
Swindle Gordon Korman • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 7 $41.79
LABEL SCHOOL SMART LASER-INK ADDRESS 1-1/3X4 1400 LABELS • ABC School Supply, Inc $18.99 1 $18.99
PAPER SCHOOL SMART MEMO NOTEBOOK 3'' X 5'' TOP-OPEN 100-SHT • ABC School Supply, Inc $1.04 30 $31.20
PACKING TAPE 2.6 MIL 1.88''X40 YARDS CLEAR • ABC School Supply, Inc $3.60 1 $3.60

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