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Ms. Gussel from Minneapolis MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Literacy

Help me give my students literacy materials that will give them success in all subjects! The Word Family Tales, stuffed animal reading buddies, and books focused on grammar and math will be used by my class daily!

  • $676 goal

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My Students

I teach an amazing group of first graders in Minneapolis! They come to school each day eager to learn and manage to stay focused throughout our extended school day. That means over seven hours spent at school each day and they still come back the next morning full of energy and ready for more! We spend so much time together in our classroom that I want to make sure it has everything they need and more!

My students are proud of their culture and love to share it with me!

Most of my students come from similar backgrounds and are learning English as their second language. They receive free breakfast and lunch at school each day. Our school day is jam-packed with challenging instruction both at grade level and at the individual level of each student. The expectations for them to learn and grow are high, but they work hard to meet them! My students have faced and continue to face many challenges in their lives. My goal is to continue to create a positive learning environment that always allows them to do their best.

My Project

My students love to read! Tying exciting books into all subjects helps them to stay engaged. The Word Family Tales will allow my students to see and practice their spelling words. The books on grammar and math teach important skills in a fun way that my students will love.

Having someone (or something) to read to will help my students to gain fluency and confidence in their reading!

These stuffed animal reading buddies will make independent reading time cozy and fun! My students will be excited to see some of their favorite book characters come to life in our library. This will help them to stay excited about reading!

Ms. Gussel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Word Family Tales Box Set: A Series of 25 Books and a Teaching Guide • Amazon Business $70.14 1 $70.14
Kohls Cares 11 Plush If you Give A Mouse a Cookie Doll • Amazon Business $29.50 1 $29.50
Elephant 7" & Piggie 5" Soft Toys • Amazon Business $28.00 1 $28.00
Kohl's Cares Pig Stuffed Animal Plush from If You Give A Pig A Pancake • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
MerryMakers Llama Llama Plush Doll, 13.5-Inch • Amazon Business $18.93 1 $18.93
Manhattan Toy Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Plush Toy Set • Amazon Business $18.70 1 $18.70
MerryMakers Biscuit Plush Doll, 10-Inch • Amazon Business $18.10 1 $18.10
MerryMakers Pete the Cat Plush Doll, 14.5-Inch • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Manhattan Toy Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat 20" Soft Stuffed Animal Toy • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Splat the Cat Drag Along Plush • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Under, Over, By the Clover: What Is a Preposition? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
Aurora World 15915 12" Horton, 12", Light Blue • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
Douglas Clifford - Small Standing • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
GUND Curious George Stuffed Animal Plush, 12" • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Aurora World 15920 12" The Lorax, 12", Orange, Brown • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
The Action of Subtraction (Math Is CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
But and For, Yet and Nor: What Is a Conjunction? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
If You Were a Conjunction (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
If You Were a Contraction (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
If You Were an Antonym (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? (Math Is CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
If You Were an Adjective (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
If You Were a Suffix (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
If You Were a Synonym (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
If You Were a Prefix (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
If You Were a Pronoun (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally: More about Adverbs (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.77 1 $7.77
Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.77 1 $7.77
If You Were an Adverb (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72
Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More about Antonyms (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
I and You and Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
-Ful and -Less, -Er and -Ness: What Is a Suffix? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More about Synonyms (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
If You Were a Preposition (Word Fun) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide (Math Is CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book about Time (Math Is CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
A Fraction's Goal ― Parts of a Whole (Math Is CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What Is a Prefix? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12
Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What Is a Compound Word? (Words Are CATegorical ®) • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87

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