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Mrs. Urban from Pueblo CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning The World Through Books

My students need fiction and non-fiction books to help them expand their overall knowledge and to grow academically in all subject areas.

  • $480 goal

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My Students

I teach in a Title I school in a rural community in Colorado. Our student population ranges from pre-school through 5th grade. My students are first graders who are full of energy and love to become lost in adventures. I love the diversity in my classroom as I have students from farming families, military families, and urban families. The background experiences of these students range from a large percentage who have only visited neighborhood stores and family members who reside in the same town to some who have trekked across the U.S A. and had numerous experiences.

My students are inquisitive and eager to learn new things.

One of the best ways to bring this new learning into my classroom is through books. Read-aloud time is one of the favorite activities for my students and me alike. It is very fulfilling to watch my students light up as they lose themselves in story adventures, make personal connections to storybook characters, and become amazed when they learn exciting facts about topics such as animals, space, or weather. Our latest "cool" fact is that sloths' fur becomes covered in a green slime because they rarely clean themselves.

My Project

My goal is to incorporate daily read-aloud in my 1st grade classroom in a systematic fashion. I believe that all children love reading or listening to a good book. Books open a endless world of adventure and opportunity to children. These mentor texts will serve several purposes in my classroom. First, students will use the fiction books to build more complex vocabulary and learn comprehension strategies for identifying and describing characters and setting, sequencing story events, identifying the author's purpose, identifying main idea, comparing characters, and making connections. The non-fiction books will be used to introduce students to new topics, deepen their knowledge of already learned topics, allow them to explore, and utilize the components of non-fiction text.

Second, the students will also use these books to investigate how authors use rich vocabulary and varied sentence structure to engage their readers.

These writers' crafts will be explored during Writing time in the classroom. As young writers, 1st graders frequently struggle to transfer their ideas from thoughts to words on paper. Teaching good writing is much easier when children have access to quality writing that is engaging. These mentor texts will provide ideas for students to use a a springboard to begin their writing and will also provide lots of examples of appropriate vocabulary, sentence structure, and overall story structure for students to refer to as they are mastering their own writing.

Mrs. Urban
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hogwash! (Wilson, Karma) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Ron's Big Mission • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Stellaluna • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
Duck Soup (Max the Duck) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
The Paperboy • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
What Is Veterans Day? (I Like Holidays!) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Duck, Duck, Goose • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
A Seed Is Sleepy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scarecrow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ice Bear • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
Arthur Writes a Story: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventures) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Just Ducks! (Read and Wonder) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fables • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Perfect Pet • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Reindeer (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Froggy Learns to Swim • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Pumpkin Town! Or, Nothing Is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56
Snow • Amazon Business $6.14 1 $6.14
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
Koala Lou • Amazon Business $6.03 1 $6.03
A Tree for All Seasons (Rise and Shine) (Avenues) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) • Amazon Business $4.97 1 $4.97
Earrings! (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84
Jessica • Amazon Business $4.61 1 $4.61
Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons) • Amazon Business $4.21 1 $4.21
One-Dog Canoe • Amazon Business $4.14 1 $4.14
National Geographic Readers: Frogs • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (Science Reader Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Elephants • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Dinosaurs • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
A First Book of Fairy Tales • Amazon Business $3.90 1 $3.90
National Geographic Readers: Storms! • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
National Geographic Readers: Ponies • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
National Geographic Readers: Dolphins • Amazon Business $3.65 1 $3.65
Just for You (Little Critter) (Look-Look) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
National Geographic Readers: Planets • Amazon Business $2.48 1 $2.48

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