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  • $2,280 goal

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Mrs. Reardon
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Learning Through Books

My students need more books at their individual levels, especially nonfiction texts, as well as chart paper, pens, and an easel for our whole-group literacy lessson

My Students

"We have to make reading cool, both in and out of school," says Frank Serafini, in "Supporting Boys as Readers," from The Reading Teacher. In order to help my students believe reading is "cool," I need to provide my classroom with high-interest books that will engage and motivate readers.

I have a classroom of 32 third grade students with a wide range of levels and needs.

At this point in the school year, only 10 of my 32 students are at the third grade level benchmark. The school is in a high poverty area with many students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Many students don't have their own books to read at home, so they borrow books from my classroom library to read for homework.

My Project

I have a lot of active students in my classroom this year, particularly boys, and it is often difficult to engage them in literacy learning. I know that boosting my classroom library with high-interest nonfiction books and entertaining series books, like Ricky Ricotta the Mighty Robot and Captain Underpants, will give my students the choices they need and deserve to keep them motivated to read. Through the implementation of The Daily 5 literacy structure in my classroom, I am able to use "choice" as a method of encouraging independence and ownership in learning and, hopefully, in life. The added choices in my classroom library will support this structure and my students' learning.

Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world.

Love of books is the best of all." If I can instill a love of books and learning in my third grade students, I know that I am helping to open future doors for these children. Reading will take them to new places and pave the way to their future lives.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe Chart Stand • AKJ Books $231.30 1 $231.30
EASEL PAD BLEED BLOCKER 20LB PAPER RECYCLED 40-SHT/PAD CASE OF 2 • School Specialty $52.20 4 $208.80
FB710X - Eyewitness Nonfiction Readers - Complete Series • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
2-3 Exemplar Read Aloud Informational Texts • AKJ Books $110.08 1 $110.08
CR690X - I Can Read! Readers - Complete Series • Lakeshore Learning Materials $109.00 1 $109.00
KIT READING COMPREHENSION PACKAGE SET 2 GRADE 3 • School Specialty $96.90 1 $96.90
Level M - Nonfiction • AKJ Books $87.09 1 $87.09
Level L - Nonfiction • AKJ Books $84.16 1 $84.16
Classic Read Aloud Book and CD Set (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $54.36 1 $54.36
Multicultural Book and CD Set (Set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $50.96 1 $50.96
BG667 - Paperback Biographies - Gr. 3-4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.50 1 $49.50
Backyard Books (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $46.71 1 $46.71
Time Traveler Adventure Set 2 (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $45.86 1 $45.86
Time Traveler Adventure Set 1 (set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $45.86 1 $45.86
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. Set, Books 1-7 (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot, The Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury, The Voodoo Vultures from Venus, The Mecha-Monkeys from Mars, The Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter, The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn, and The Uranium Unicorns from Uranus) • Amazon $32.81 1 $32.81
Read, Listen, and Wonder Set 1 (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $30.56 1 $30.56
BOOK NONFICTION COMPREHENSION TEST PRACTICE GRADE 3 • School Specialty $28.49 1 $28.49
Grade 2 Bargain Nonfiction Assortment • AKJ Books $25.00 1 $25.00
Real-Life Robots (Boys' Life Series: Level 3) (DK READERS) • Amazon $21.21 1 $21.21
The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction • Amazon $17.36 1 $17.36
The Tra-la-laaa-mendous Captain Underpants Collection (Books 5-8) • Amazon $17.24 1 $17.24
The Tra-la-laaa-rific Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-4) • Amazon $17.16 1 $17.16
The Carnival of the Animals (Book and CD) • Amazon $17.09 1 $17.09
If the Dinosaurs Came Back : 1 Paperback/1 CD • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.11 1 $16.11
BOOK 112 PGS DOCUMENT BASED QUESTIONS FOR READ COMP GR 3 • School Specialty $14.95 1 $14.95
The Giving Tree with CD • Amazon $14.18 1 $14.18
Expo2 Dry Erase Markers - 8 Color Set • Teachers' School Supply $13.83 1 $13.83
Giraffes Can't Dance • Amazon $13.24 1 $13.24
Moonshot • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
So You Want to Be President? • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Waking Up Is Hard To Do (Book & CD) • Amazon $13.01 1 $13.01
Flip Chart Marker Set - 8 Colors • Teachers' School Supply $10.51 1 $10.51
The Caboose Who Got Loose (Book and CD) • Amazon $9.89 1 $9.89
Aesop's Fables for Children: Includes a Read-and-Listen CD (Dover Read and Listen) • Amazon $9.32 1 $9.32
The Emperor's Egg • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.99 1 $8.99
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers • Amazon $8.78 1 $8.78
Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers • Amazon $8.78 1 $8.78
Growing Frogs • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.99 1 $6.99
From Seed to Plant • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
Fairy Tales: Book & CD Set • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
Bat Loves the Night • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
A Medieval Feast • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future (Captain Underpants) • Amazon $4.89 1 $4.89
Roscoe Riley Rules #4: Never Swim in Applesauce • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Roscoe Riley Rules #2: Never Swipe a Bully's Bear • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Roscoe Riley Rules #3: Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Shrek! Book & CD set • Amazon $4.00 1 $4.00
DK Readers: Boys' Life Series: Dinosaur Battles • Amazon $3.76 1 $3.76
DK Readers: Boys' Life Series: Rapid Rescue • Amazon $3.60 1 $3.60
DK Readers: Boys' Life Series: Ghost Stories • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Roscoe Riley Rules #7: Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin (Roscoe Riley Rules (Quality)) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Dangerous Beasts: Boys' Life Series (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Roscoe Riley Rules #5: Don't Tap-Dance on Your Teacher • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Roscoe Riley Rules #6: Never Walk in Shoes That Talk • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Martin Luther King Jr March Washington • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
DK Readers: Boys' Life Series: Let's Go Geocaching • Amazon $1.95 1 $1.95
Secrets of Snakes: Boys' Life Series (DK READERS) • Amazon $1.94 1 $1.94
DK Readers: Boys' Life Series: Let's Go Fishing • Amazon $0.01 1 $0.01
Let's Go Hiking: Boys' Life Series (DK READERS) • Amazon $0.01 1 $0.01

Materials cost

$1,842.23

Vendor shipping charges

$37.59

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$27.63

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,937.45

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$341.90

Total project goal

$2,279.35

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$2,279.35

1 Donor

-$2,279.35

Donations toward project cost

-$1,937.45

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$341.90

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This project will reach 32 students.

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