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

Leaders in Literature!

Help me give my students an interest in reading and literature circles by providing a variety of books for students to select from.

  • $576 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Did you ever experience being able to choose what book YOU want to read for school? It is an opportunity not a lot of students are able to have. The students in my classroom are encouraged to take ownership for their learning.

My students' eyes light up when I tell them they have the opportunity to make their own choices in their learning; they are empowered and excited to begin.

As a reading teacher on the Southside of Chicago I try to use books as a window to show the students the world around them.

Many of them have never left the city, some only go outside their neighborhood on field trips. As much as I would love to take them on experiences around the world, giving them books, and the power to choose what type of book, expands their world similarly.

My Project

Donations will go to purchasing chapter books to be used for literature circles. Literature circles are a chance for students to learn literary elements through a variety of texts and small group discussions. Students often don't have a chance to choose how they learn. This can lead to uninterested and disengaged students.

By donating to this project, you will be empowering students to have choice in the classroom: they will get to select what book interests them the most for the literature circles.

This will lead to higher student engagement and excitement for learning. The books I have selected reflect and add on to our curriculum in new and exciting ways. I can't wait to see their faces when they realize they get to select how they will be learning this year!

Ms. Cadena
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dear America: A Picture of Freedom • Amazon Business $10.30 6 $61.80
Frindle • Amazon Business $7.99 6 $47.94
The Breadwinner • Amazon Business $9.08 5 $45.40
The Hundred Dresses • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
Stuart Little • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
Sarah, Plain and Tall • Amazon Business $6.56 5 $32.80
The BFG • Amazon Business $6.00 5 $30.00
Third Grade Angels • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 5 $27.95
Clementine (A Clementine Book) • Amazon Business $5.39 5 $26.95

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