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Ms. H. from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Read So We Can Read to Learn

The cost of reading books are $248, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $264 goal

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It is my first year teaching first grade at Painter Elementary School in Alum Rock District in San Jose, CA. In first grade, the primary goal is reading. With my students this year, I must go from 0 to 60: literally, from reading 0 words per minute for some of them, to 60 words per minute, which is the California standard for the end of first grade. Learning to read in first grade is absolutely essential. Only one out of eight children who is not on grade level in reading at the end of first grade EVER reaches grade level. Students must know that it is important to learn to read, so that they may eventually make the transition from learning to read into reading to learn. My classroom is in need of grade-level books that are diverse and engaging. For half of the students at Painter, English is their second language. It is crucial that I teach my students that books contain information that will relate to their own lives, inspire their imagination, and expand their knowledge of other places and people. An excellent teacher should have approximately 1,500 books in his or her classroom library. I am starting with only a few left over from the previous teacher, most of which are not at the first grade level. I would love to procure a variety of books to begin my library: award-winners, culturally relevant literature, and amusing stories, that will bring reading to life for my first graders.

Ms. H.
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Village of Round and Square Houses Ann Grifalconi, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
The Three Pigs David Wiesner, David Wiesner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.89 1 $11.89
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Mitten Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
No, David! David Shannon, Teresa Mlawer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Big Moon Tortilla Joy Cowley, Dyanne Strongbow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Dumpling Soup, Vol. 1 Jama Kim Kim Rattigan, Lillian Hsu-Flanders (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Stone Soup Marcia Brown, Marcia Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Wolf's Chicken Stew Keiko Kasza, Keiko Kasza (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Birthday Swap Loretta Lopez, Loretta Lopez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
More Spaghetti, I Say! (Hello Reader! Series) Rita Golden Gelman, Mort Gerberg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Pizza That We Made Joan Holub, Lynne W. Cravath (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Days with Frog and Toad: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
A Pet for Me: Poems (I Can Read Book Series) Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Manning (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Peggy Parish, Barbara Siebel Thomas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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