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Mrs. Murray from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Handheld Dreams...(I Need Books!)

My students need independent reading books for the classroom, as well as for literature circles and read alouds. My students need a document camera and projector.

  • $1,991 goal

This project expired on February 27, 2015.

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My Students

My students show me everyday how excited they are about reading, and are starving for some new books to select from in the classroom. I would like to encourage this habit, and encourage them to become life-long readers.

As a Special Education teacher in both the resource and inclusive setting, my students consist of 6th and 7th grade students with learning disabilities.

These students come into school everyday with a clear sense of excitement about learning. Our families instill an appreciation for education in their children. Students at our school make up a 99% Hispanic population, with many families that only speak Spanish. Reading can be their gateway to success in our country. Our school offers a very nurturing environment, and I feel motivated and challenged every day by my students to be the best teacher I can be. My Special Education students need resources readily available for them to continue growing academically, and I'd like to provide them with a strong variety of literature to meet those needs.

My Project

As a new teacher at the school, I came into an empty classroom. Although I have made the most out of few resources, I have noticed an interest in discovering new book series and materials. My students would benefit from more books readily available so that when it's time for independent reading, they know they can always find something exciting to delve into. My students are curious by nature, and have showed an interest in learning more about different animals, sports, science topics, and even mythology. I have selected books to meet that need. I have also noticed how much my students enjoy reading books together which is why I would like multiple copies of a few books. As for the struggling students in the class, I have selected more low-level high-interest books and graphic novels. Lastly, I am in need of a document camera. Students with Learning Disabilities need explicit and scaffolded instruction, and the document camera and projector would allow me to model skills for them.

The littlest enhancements to a classroom environment can make an immense difference in any child's life.

By donating to my project, my students will more readily be able to continue their journey as life long readers. I will also be more able to address the wide range of learning differences in the classroom. Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to providing my students with the supports and resources they want and need.

Mrs. Murray
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 64 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Optoma - LED DLP Projector • Best Buy for Business $499.99 1 $499.99
Epson DC-06 Document Camera - document camera • Best Buy for Business $387.19 1 $387.19
The Heroes of Olympus Hardcover Boxed Set • Amazon $57.03 2 $114.06
Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7 • Amazon $113.01 1 $113.01
The Outsiders • Amazon $6.42 10 $64.20
Wonder • Amazon $9.75 4 $39.00
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths • Amazon $13.41 2 $26.82
Out of My Mind • Amazon $6.25 2 $12.50
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon $11.80 2 $23.60
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! • Amazon $16.02 1 $16.02
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 • Amazon $7.88 2 $15.76
Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why Sports Edition • Amazon $15.34 1 $15.34
TIME for Kids Big Book of What • Amazon $15.06 1 $15.06
TIME For Kids Big Book of Where • Amazon $14.66 1 $14.66
Sports Illustrated Kids Football: Then to WOW! • Amazon $14.36 1 $14.36
Sports Illustrated Kids Slam Dunk!: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Basketball • Amazon $13.46 1 $13.46
TIME for Kids BIG Book of Why: 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know • Amazon $13.24 1 $13.24
TIME For Kids Big Book of How (Time for Kids Magazine) • Amazon $11.98 1 $11.98
5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon $11.27 1 $11.27
National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship & Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics • Amazon $11.07 1 $11.07
The Giver (Giver Quartet) • Amazon $5.39 2 $10.78
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! • Amazon $10.72 1 $10.72
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 • Amazon $10.69 1 $10.69
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) • Amazon $9.91 1 $9.91
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) • Amazon $9.63 1 $9.63
National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books) • Amazon $9.60 1 $9.60
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) • Amazon $9.32 1 $9.32
Drama • Amazon $9.04 1 $9.04
Number the Stars • Amazon $4.48 2 $8.96
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon $4.40 2 $8.80
The Book Thief • Amazon $8.52 1 $8.52
Hoot • Amazon $4.22 2 $8.44
Smile • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) • Amazon $7.93 1 $7.93
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) • Amazon $7.93 1 $7.93
Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) • Amazon $7.90 1 $7.90
Walk Two Moons • Amazon $3.94 1 $3.94
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon $7.79 1 $7.79
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) • Amazon $7.37 1 $7.37
The Dangerous Book for Boys • Amazon $7.34 1 $7.34
The Underdogs • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Boys' Book Of Survival (How To Survive Anything, Anywhere) • Amazon $6.62 1 $6.62
The Maze Runner (Book 1) • Amazon $6.49 1 $6.49
Sisters • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Tangerine • Amazon $5.08 1 $5.08

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