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Mrs. McDaniel from Waukegan IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Text Meaningful and Memorable!

My students need engaging read aloud fiction and non-fiction books like Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy and The Listening Walk by Paul Showers to help them become purposeful, active readers and understandwhat they are reading.

  • $704 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Time after time my students, who are great at reading all the words right, have difficulty comprehending what they have just read. Without comprehension, reading is simply following words on a page from left to right while sounding them out. Just reading words on a page is not comprehending. My students have difficulty making predictions about what will happen next, monitoring their understanding of content, sequence and characters, clarifying confusing parts of the text, or connecting what they’re reading to their own experience or prior knowledge. And that is what true comprehension is all about.

My Project

To help my students become strategic readers, I want to model for them the strategies good readers need to get meaning from the text. Mentor texts are key to my project and offer strong opportunities to model and practice comprehension strategies. Modeling strategic behaviors for struggling readers by thinking aloud for them while I read (and hence, allowing my students to think along), is the first step in raising their awareness of what it means to be a strategic reader.

The mentor texts I have selected, such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone, will help my students practice predicting and summarizing strategies while Boundless Grace by Mary Ann Hoffman will provide opportunities for my students to connect their reading to their personal experiences.

These mentor texts will engage my students as we read and will provide many opportunities to become aware of the many strategies and monitoring behaviors that good readers use. The goal of my project is to help my students become purposeful, active readers with mentor texts.

Mrs. McDaniel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mr. Williams • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Sky Scrape/City Scape Poems of City Life • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
A Drop Of Water A Book of Science and Wonder • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Sacagawea • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Wretched Stone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
No, David! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
No, David! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
A Little Peace • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Crane Wife • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
I'm My Own Dog • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
I'm My Own Dog • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Why Do Leaves Change Color? • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Baseball Saved Us • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer! • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
If Nathan Were Here • AKJ Education $6.57 1 $6.57
Twister • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Saint George and the Dragon • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Night Driving • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Twister • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Night Driving • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Spoon For Every Bite / Una Cuchara Para Cada Bocado • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Boundless Grace: Sequel to Amazing Grace • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Salamander Room • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Las bellas hijas de Mufaro/ Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
If You Find A Rock • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Blue Hill Meadows • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tuesday • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Six-Dinner Sid • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
On My Honor • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gleam and Glow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Under The Quilt Of Night • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Plantzilla • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Lou Gehrig The Luckiest Man • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Follow the Drinking Gourd • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dogteam • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Desert Voices • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Caves and Caverns • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Wall • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Crane Wife • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Listening Walk • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Mary Mack • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Flower Garden • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
As the Crow Flies A First Book of Maps • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Three Billy Goats Gruff • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Boundless Grace: Sequel to Amazing Grace • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Listening Walk • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Mary Mack • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Flower Garden • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
As the Crow Flies A First Book of Maps • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Three Billy Goats Gruff • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Night of the Gargoyles • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
How Do You Raise a Raisin? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
How Do You Raise a Raisin? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
The Harmonica • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Scaredy Squirrel • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
White Socks Only • AKJ Education $5.31 1 $5.31
Welcome to the Green House • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Storm is Coming! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Why Do Leaves Change Color? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Tell Me a Season • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Why Do Leaves Change Color? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sister Anne's Hands • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Silver Seeds A Book of Nature Poems • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sit, Truman! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Tell Me a Season • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Storm is Coming! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
My Mama Had A Dancing Heart • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sit, Truman! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
City Signs • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
City Signs • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Just Juice • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Hey There, Stink Bug! • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Sees Behind Trees • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Barn Storm • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Barn Storm • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

Materials cost

$559.87

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.40

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$598.27

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$105.58

Total project goal

$703.85

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$703.85

6 Donors

-$703.85

Donations toward project cost

-$598.27

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$105.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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