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Ms. Danielle Holmes from Centralia IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Books!

Help me give my students the opportunity to explore a new level of learning with Language Arts. These books, such as "Come on, Rain!" will be used to identify different sentence structures used within stories!

  • $166 goal

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My Students

This year, my students and I are all new to the district’s junior high building. I am looking to add any and all resources that will make this a smooth transition for all of us. They love completing tasks as a group and offering their opinions on different topics. They are a great group of students that seem excited about learning new things and branching out with new subjects. I hope to show them the importance of learning throughout this school year!

My Project

I would like to begin using "Mentor Sentences" with my 4th grade students. This collection of books will allow us to introduce and begin working with different skills. Students will be encouraged to look and listen for elegant language within these stories. They will then use these models, or mentor stories to form their own creative sentences.

Currently, we are using outdated Language Arts books and the students just do not respond well to those.

Today's students are looking for fun and exciting ways to learn. I would love to be able to pull in Children's Literature as a means to learning Language Arts skills. These mentor sentences will still follow required learning objectives, they simply provide a more lively and fun way to do that!

The first story used in this series is "First Day Jitters". The sentence that students will be asked to revise is "Sarah's hands were cold and clammy". Students will be asked to identify different parts of speech within that sentence. They will also be asked to rewrite that sentence in a more extravagant way. The overall goal is to encourage my students to create vivid, detailed sentences.

These books will be used for many years to come!

Ms. Danielle Holmes
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 22 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Come On, Rain! • Amazon Business $18.04 1 $18.04
Saturdays and Teacakes • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
I Need My Monster • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
Verdi • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Fireflies • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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