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Mrs. Kinkelaar from Florissant MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Looping Learners

My students need new, engaging, and socially relevant books to continue their academic journey with me.

  • $438 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My sixth grade scholars come to school eager to learn and connect, despite hardships in their home and community. The majority of our 400+ students come from low-income families, and all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch at school. They have access to a variety of helpful resources, such as Title I resources, but often they need extra assistance and support. We start each day by reaffirming our core values of being kind, respectful, cooperative, peaceful, and safe, and I feel passionate about ensuring each of my scholars knows they can achieve anything they set their minds on, regardless of hardship, challenge, or obstacle.

My students deserve the best, and I believe that starts with a classroom library that reflects their diverse needs and cultures.

My expertise is in English Language Arts, and I do my best to make sure my scholars get instruction that meets them where they are to help drive them forward. My teaching model includes a short mini-lesson of direct instruction followed by small group learning while the class reads independently from texts at their level that they get to choose themselves.

My Project

I have the amazing opportunities to loop with my scholars from last year. This means that the kiddos I had as fifth graders will now be my students again as sixth graders. I am so excited to continue our learning journey together!

Continuing with my students for another year provides countless benefits, but it also presents us with some challenges.

One of those challenges is providing my students with a diverse library that they are interested in. I want my scholars to be engaged with what they are reading, and for many, that will mean needing access to fresh books. Many of my students have already read all or most of the books on their reading level after being in my classroom last year. My goal is to refresh our classroom library and provide access to new, exciting, and relevant texts.

Mrs. Kinkelaar
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
Definitely Daphne (Stone Arch Books) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Front Desk • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Black Girl Magic: A Poem • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Daring Dreamers Club #1: Milla Takes Charge (Disney: Daring Dreamers Club) • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Parker Inheritance • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
Orphan Island • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
How We Are Smart • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $9.62 1 $9.62
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Towers Falling • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Toothpaste Millionaire • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Janitors, Book 1 • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39

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