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

Mentor Texts Build Comprehension Skills

My students need mentor texts, such as Possum Magic to help build and sharpen comprehension skills. In third grade, students are expected to understand the meaning of the story and the importance of those words.

  • $630 goal

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My Students

I absolutely love being a third grade teacher! This past year, I was able to teach a few of my former students from first grade, which made the year extra special. My students were actively engaged in their learning, couldn't put down books, loved anything hands-on, and asked a million and two questions (of course I tried to answer them all). Their desire to learn astounded me!

With the new year approaching, I am already thinking ahead about how I want my classroom to run and my goals for myself and my students.

Our day is always busy... you could say nonstop! From math and reading rotations to writing conferences to squeezing in some time for science/social studies. This year, I really want to focus on strengthening whole group reading with the use of read alouds and mentor texts. These texts are used to help in comprehensions skills from story elements to theme. In the past students have struggled with various skills and I want to help them get stronger and love to read!

My Project

Whole group reading time is essential to introducing a comprehension focus. The best way to do this is through the use of mentor texts. I often spend countless hours researching what books are best suited for a skill. Once one is selected, I have to craft a lesson around how to introduce the skill and the questions to ask to teach the skill. My personal teaching library lacks the titles I come across for these skills and I would love to further enhance my personal collection.

By having these texts easily accessible, I can refer back to them over the course of the year as review of a skill or use the book again to show my students that books help us build more than one skill.

I love reading to my students and they enjoy when I use voices to make the stories more interesting. I want each of my students to walk away feeling confident in story comprehension. I don't want my students to focus on just reading the words, but truly read for the meaning and find a deeper connection to a story.

Ms. Frye
Grades 3-5

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Captain Underpants: 10 Book Set • Amazon Business $34.90 1 $34.90
Who Was 5 Book Set • Amazon Business $29.97 1 $29.97
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps • Amazon Business $17.68 1 $17.68
The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
Island: A Story of the Galápagos • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
The Memory Coat • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Owl Moon • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School (LaRue Books) • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
I Wanna New Room • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
An A From Miss Keller • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Johnny Appleseed • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
This book just ate my dog! • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Frogs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Empty Pot • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Girl's Best Friend (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Pecos Bill • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Paul Bunyan (Reading rainbow book) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Ladybugs • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder • 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 True Story of the Three Little Pigs • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Hurricanes! • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Possum Magic (Voyager Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
A Day's Work • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Christopher Columbus? • Amazon Business $4.22 1 $4.22
Who Was Walt Disney? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Elephants • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Three Little Pigs (Reading Railroad) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

Materials cost

$497.68

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.47

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$535.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$94.44

Total project goal

$629.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$629.59

3 Donors

-$629.59

Donations toward project cost

-$535.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$94.44

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$0.00

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