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Ms. Futrell from Roanoke VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mentor Text Mania

Help me give my students mentor texts to them help practice reading skills.

  • $490 goal

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My Students

My students come from a variety of backgrounds and many face struggles and challenges on a daily basis. Included in their daily challenges are often times financial struggles. All of my students receive a free breakfast and lunch every school day. My goal is to make the classroom a fun and welcoming environment where they can learn and grow regardless of what goes on outside of school. Even with what these kids face on a daily basis, they come to school with a positive outlook and a love for learning!

With the income restrictions placed on some of the families that I serve, many of my students do not have access to supplies to help them thrive.

My kids love to play, read, move, and everything else that your average elementary student does in a day. I cannot control what goes on outside of my classroom, but I take pride in what goes on inside of it. I want to make sure that my students strive and that they have what they need to be successful and continue their love of learning.

My Project

My students love listening to read aloud stories and it is great when the stories can directly relate to what we are learning. I have selected these books because they have great examples of story elements that we practice with regularly.

Reading aloud to students, even older students, is great for modeling fluency, expanding vocabulary, and building a love of reading.

We practice skills regularly using short stories and passages, but these hard back books will demonstrate the same skills and create more connections to the text. Many of these books involve engaging topics, topics that students can relate to, and topics that they have never been exposed to before. There are some science texts which will be used to help build content area vocabulary and will not just be helpful in reading class.

Ms. Futrell
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shark or Dolphin?: How Do You Know? (Which Animal Is Which?) • Amazon Business $23.60 1 $23.60
Frog or Toad?: How Do You Know? (Which Animal Is Which?) • Amazon Business $23.60 1 $23.60
When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Crocodiles & Alligators (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Animals Nobody Loves • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
A Place for Butterflies (Place for (Hardcover)) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
What the Moon Is Like (Let's Read-And-Find-Out Science (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Salt In His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Bats!: Strange and Wonderful • Amazon Business $15.82 1 $15.82
Ant Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Stranger • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $14.05 1 $14.05
Where Does The Garbage Go? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Let's Read-And-Find-Out Science (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
The Wretched Stone • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Scorpions!: Strange and Wonderful • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
The Empty Pot • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Those Shoes (Turtleback Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Snakes!: Strange and Wonderful • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94

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