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Mrs. Clayton from Trenton NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Books for 2nd Grade

My students need mentor books so that they can distinguish between good and amazing writing.

  • $548 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are funny, loving, creative, inspirational. inquisitive, and poor. They are bilingual 7- and 8-year-olds who come from diverse backgrounds and may have had interrupted schooling. They live in impoverished areas where funding is always being cut. They aren't different from many other kids; they just need a little help to read.

Getting these books will supply my library with books so that my students are genuinely engaged as we look at the use of the English language and how these great authors use it.

These books will serve as models for them and help them see how authentic authors engage readers and writers alike. My students want and need to be great authors. Why not start them off in second grade?

My Project

This project will help our English Language Learners see how authors use language to create out-of-this-world sentences. They will use these books as their models so that they can write their own.

My students will be so excited to see that they can write like the authors of their favorite books.

For example, they can read Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann and use sentences like Peggy's so that they can write just like her when they write their own stories, opening up the world to them.

My diverse students need to be exposed to authentic writing, and, with these books, they will want to read and write. These books are exciting and fascinating to them. What a great way to keep them engaged! Not only will they see what great writing looks like, they can also practice writing their own. We will dive into writing sentences that will hook readers and surprise all their friends and families.

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

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Phonics Cubes Class Set, Set of 18 • Amazon Business $33.00 1 $33.00
Math Running Records in Action: A Framework for Assessing Basic Fact Fluency in Grades K-5 (Eye on Education Books) • Amazon Business $29.58 1 $29.58
Math Workshop in Action: Strategies for Grades K-5 (Eye on Education) • Amazon Business $29.39 1 $29.39
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
Sweet Tooth • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Memoirs of a Goldfish • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
The Umbrella • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
The Paperboy • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Spin Swivel Stapler with 2000 Staples - 360 Degree Rotating Stapler Head (20 Sheets Capacity) (Blue) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Michael Recycle • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Duck for President • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Diary of a Worm • Amazon Business $10.15 1 $10.15
Officer Buckle & Gloria (CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK) • Amazon Business $10.05 1 $10.05
Diary of a Fly • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Snowmen at Christmas • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
The Three Snow Bears • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Parts (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Important Book • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
Substitute Groundhog • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Gingerbread Baby • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
100th Day Worries • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Skippyjon Jones • Amazon Business $6.19 1 $6.19
Scaredy Squirrel • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Corduroy • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink • Amazon Business $5.63 1 $5.63
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8) • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44
Smelly Socks • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
What If You Had Animal Teeth? • Amazon Business $3.97 1 $3.97
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (A Click Clack Book) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

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