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Mrs. Jacobs from Pekin IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Just Right Books

My students need engaging books for Reader's Workshop! I need both books to model with, as well as sets of books to teach with. Books like The Indian in the Cupboard would be perfect for us!

  • $541 goal

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My Students

"I wish we had school on Saturdays!" That's when you know you've had a successful week as a teacher! Our school is a wonderful low income primary school located in central Illinois. It's home to just over 200 amazing students. Our free or reduced lunch population is near 75 percent. Even with their economical challenges, our students come to school each day eager to learn and ready for more! We teach them never to settle for less than their personal best and it surely shows!

My Project

These books are just the right level for my students. In my classroom we do Reader's Workshop, which means there is a variety of activity going on all at once. First we begin with a mini lesson where I teach and model the skill we are working on. Students often get a chance to try the work in partnerships at this time, too. Then it's off to independent tasks and reading alongside guided reading groups with the teacher.

My spring inventory told me I am missing certain levels and genres of books for both modeling and guided reading groups.

The books I've selected will be engaging ways to address the Illinois Learning Standards I am responsible for teaching my third graders. One such example is the Cinderella Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales). It will address both fairy tales and comparing and contrasting stories and characters. I have chosen books of certain levels so that I can reach each of my readers. I like to compare reading levels to prescriptions. It's precisely what can be used to help you improve! Books that are too easy or too difficult won't help much. Books must be just right to move you forward and help you to make progress!

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

This project will reach 215 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • Amazon Business $6.39 7 $44.73
The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo • Amazon Business $5.99 7 $41.93
Cinderella Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales) • Amazon Business $5.56 7 $38.92
Little Red Riding Hood Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales) • Amazon Business $5.28 7 $36.96
The Indian in the Cupboard • Amazon Business $5.06 7 $35.42
Places Around the World (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $4.99 7 $34.93
My Father's Dragon • Amazon Business $4.79 7 $33.53
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Ugly Cute Animals • Amazon Business $3.99 7 $27.93
Snakes (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Nic Bishop Reader #5) • Amazon Business $3.19 7 $22.33
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
The Great Treehouse War • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
It's Not What You've Got • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $7.51 1 $7.51
Scholastic Reader Level 3: Odd Animal Helpers • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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