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Mrs. Patterson from Prairie Du Sac WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make Magic Happen Through Reading ~Classroom Library Books

My students need a variety of new and interesting books to motivate them to read independently. These books will greatly improve our classroom library.

  • $599 goal

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My Students

My students love to come to school. They are full of energy and are eager to hear what learning experiences await them. Our team works hard to provide meaningful learning opportunities that enhance Agriculture, Spanish and Arts education.

I teach fourth grade in a Title school in rural Wisconsin where 50 % of students receive free breakfast and lunch.

We serve a large population of English Language Learners, whose primary language is Spanish. Many of my students receive free food from the local food pantries during holidays and school breaks. Our school also grows gardens (both raised beds and hydroponic towers). We also have recently added a chicken coop for students to manage.

Despite so many hardships, my students are eager to learn and do their best. They want to be in school because we provide a family friendly atmosphere where caring teachers design lessons to meet a wide variety of learning needs.

My Project

Successful reading teachers are able to match the reader and their interest to a highly engaging book. Do you recall your favorite book as a 4th grader? Whether it was the Laura Ingalls books, the Classics or the Boxcar Children series, books have the ability to create warm emotional bonds for students. Books also help kids develop basic language skills and profoundly expand their vocabularies—much more than any other media. Books are interactive; they demand that kids think. They create MAGIC for kids! This is the reason behind my passion to provide the newest and most engaging book for every reader. We desperately need new library books for our classroom library.

My students love to read when they have new high interests books to pick from.

By encouraging them and allowing students choice in reading magic happens. My students students checkout books from our classroom library much like a regular library. When multiple students want to read the same book, students add their name to a Post-it note that is attached to the front of the book. My students enjoy book talking their favorite books to entice their peers into reading it. Some create book trailers or Google slide shows of their favorites.

Having a wide variety of genres and authors in our classroom library allows students to be exposed to a wide variety of literature. Having a well developed classroom library will have a positive effect on my students' comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability and overall academic achievement. As teachers we know that free voluntary reading is the single most important literary activity that occurs in our classrooms.

Mrs. Patterson
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 (Wings of Fire) • Amazon Business $28.11 1 $28.11
Guts & Glory: The American Revolution • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Giants Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Me and Marvin Gardens • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
Wishtree • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
PopularMMOs Presents A Hole New World • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Monsters Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Book Uncle and Me • Amazon Business $11.14 1 $11.14
Wild Rescuers: Guardians of the Taiga (book 1) • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
Extra Yarn • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Be Prepared • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6) • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
A Graphix Book: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy • Amazon Business $10.31 1 $10.31
Dragons Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
EngiNerds • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The 78-Story Treehouse (The Treehouse Books) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
The 91-Story Treehouse (The Treehouse Books) • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #7): A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid • Amazon Business $9.51 1 $9.51
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
Sidekicks • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The Biography of Corn (How Did That Get Here?) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Biography of Potatoes (How Did That Get Here?) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Biography of Tea (How Did That Get Here?) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Biography of Wheat (How Did That Get Here?) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
The Cardboard Kingdom • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Three Pennies • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Misadventures of Maude March • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5) • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Wish • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Boy Called Bat • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Guts & Glory: The American Civil War • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker • Amazon Business $5.68 1 $5.68
Guts & Glory: The Vikings • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Guts & Glory: World War II • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Super Rabbit Boy vs. Super Rabbit Boss!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Fortunately, the Milk • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Super Rabbit Boy Blasts Off!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #5) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Sam Battles the Machine!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #6) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Classes Are Canceled!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #7) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Science Fair is Freaky! A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Recess Is a Jungle!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Locker Ate Lucy!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #2) • Amazon Business $3.70 1 $3.70
School Freezes Over!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #5) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61

Materials cost

$471.67

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.08

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$508.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.78

Total project goal

$598.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$598.53

8 Donors

-$557.35

Donations toward project cost

-$473.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$83.60

match offer

-$41.18

Match offer toward project cost

-$35.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.18

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$0.00

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