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Ms. Cicchese from New London CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Get More High-Interest Books in Ms. C's Classroom!

Help me give my students access to great new fiction and nonfiction books at their instructional reading level so they can continue to enjoy reading, therefore increasing their time on task!

  • $474 goal

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My Students

As a Special Education Teacher, I work with many different levels of readers with varying levels of confidence. My students are kind, hilarious, and eager to improve their reading. They want to have their hands on new and exciting books!

I would love your help adding high-interest books to my classroom library!

My hope is that my students will have more books to use as part of their Read Aloud experience within my small group reading instruction, as well as more books that they can independently read.

My Project

It can be challenging as a Special Education Teacher to find books that my older students truly enjoy reading. I have many 4th and 5th graders who are not yet able to read books that their classmates are, and many of the books they can read independently are not of interest to them since the books were written for a younger audience.

The AKJ Education website has books sorted by "Best Sellers" and they have created some amazing collections of books that my students would love.

I am interested in the Guided Reading Collections aimed at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Within those book collections, there are nonfiction and fictional texts. Some of the books I am most excited about are Inside Outside Upside Down by the Bernstain's (in the 1st grade collection), Young Cam Jansen and the Spotted Cat Mystery by David Adler (in the 2nd grade collection), Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball by Jim O'Connor and Jim Butcher (in the 3rd grade collection), and Superfudge by Judy Blume (in the 4th grade collection). I truly feel there is a book for every student I service within these collections!

With a wide variety of books that we can read together and they can read independently, I'm much more likely to continue to inspire them to love reading as much as I do!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 4 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $108.32 1 $108.32
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 2 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $91.44 1 $91.44
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 1 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $82.11 1 $82.11
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 3 Best Sellers (16 books) • AKJ Education $74.23 1 $74.23
Paddington Collector's Quintet: 5 Fun-Filled Stories in 1 Box! (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98

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