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Mrs. Hawkins from Lapeer MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need engaging texts that align with their reading and writing curriculum.

  • $492 goal

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My Students

My early five students are eager to explore and dive into their educational journeys, as this is the first school experience for many of them. My students come to school every day happy to see their friends and learn together. My school is a Title l school where all students get a free breakfast, and many receive lunch aid as well.

My students' first year is a valuable and influential time for them as it lays the foundation for their school career.

I want to provide them with the most authentic and engaging educational experience.

My Project

Each of these texts is listed as mentor texts for our Reading and Writing Units throughout the year. These books will be utilized to introduce new concepts to my students. For example, the story "Hey, Little Ant", will be used during our Opinion Unit. This story will create discussion on whether or not it is okay to flatten ants. From this discussion, we could lead it into many other talks of respecting living things and their differences.

I believe stories can open students' minds to many other avenues outside of their everyday life.

I chose many National Geographic nonfiction texts for this project because during our Informational Units, my students love learning about living things they've never seen; like koalas and dinosaurs! Each of these texts is colorful and full of vocabulary to expand my students' learning.

At the beginning of the year, we have our Emergent Units. This is where students are exposed to many classic texts that they will learn to love as we will read them over and over again. Each story also has a powerful message for my young students. Examples of these texts are "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed" with the theme of doing good deeds for others which in turn might start a chain reaction, or "Otis" which shows that everyone has purpose- even Otis the Tractor and "The Carrot Seed" that emphasizes having perseverance, even though others may doubt you.

These books will be used all year long, over and over again, to grow my students' love for literacy!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Otis • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Watermelon Seed • Amazon Business $14.26 1 $14.26
I Wanna New Room • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
The Gingerbread Girl • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
The Easter Bunny's Assistant • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Ralph Tells a Story • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Turkey Trouble • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Creepy Carrots! • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones (World of Nature Series) • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
Sneezy the Snowman • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Rigby PM Platinum Collection: Individual Student Edition Magenta (Levels 1-2) At The Zoo • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Good Dog, Carl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Relatives Came • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hello Ocean • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Hondo and Fabian • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
The Carrot Seed (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Emperor's Egg: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ruby the Copycat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
One Tiny Turtle: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Listening Walk • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Pumpkin Jack • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Ice Bear: Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear • Amazon Business $6.60 1 $6.60
Scaredy Squirrel • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Koala Lou • Amazon Business $6.03 1 $6.03
Piggie Pie! • Amazon Business $5.91 1 $5.91
Owl Babies • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Froggy Gets Dressed • Amazon Business $5.47 1 $5.47
National Geographic Readers: Follow Me: Animal Parents and Babies • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Farm Animals (Level 1 Co-reader) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Elephants • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Cats (Level 1 Co-reader) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
You Can Do It, Sam • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: City/Country (Level 1 Co-reader) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Earrings! (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84
Scientists Ask Questions (Rookie Read-About Science) • Amazon Business $4.45 1 $4.45
National Geographic Readers: Dive, Dolphin • 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: Koalas • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Giraffes • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Trucks • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Lions • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Planets • Amazon Business $2.48 1 $2.48

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