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Mrs. Johnson from Cranberry TWP PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mush! Mush! Gee! Haw!

Help me give my students books about the powerful, inspirational, and heroic race called the Iditarod.

  • $418 goal

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My Students

My classroom is full of energetic third grade students who come to school each day ready to learn and display their excitement and eagerness to do so on a consistent basis. Not only do my students vary in academic levels in all subject areas, my classroom also contains students that are raised in bilingual households speaking various languages. Many students also receive free or reduced price lunches.

My classroom includes students who are creative, inventive, and curious, therefore, I have made it my goal to enhance their curiosity and knowledge as much as possible to meet the needs of the future we are preparing them for!

The goal of our school and my own classroom is to help all students become successful and valuable members of the twenty-first century with a wealth of knowledge in various areas.

My Project

Every year I teach a thematic unit on the Iditarod and incorporate all subject areas. In order to dive even deeper, my project includes high quality, engaging, nonfiction, fiction, and relevant books. Many of these books will be used as read alouds, independent reading, and partner reading.

The Iditarod encompasses everything that I hope to teach my students about strength, determination, hope, applying knowledge to life, character, perseverance, and teamwork.

In addition, having these books will provide numerous opportunities for students to practice and improve upon important reading strategies such as making inferences, making connections, summarizing, and synthesizing.

I strive to show my students the passion, inspiration, challenges overcome, and knowledge that comes from the mushers, dogs, volunteers, pilots, vets, educators, students, and fans. I will be able to prove how these mushers and dogs are true athletes and heroic examples, just as the other popular and well-known athletes that many students look up to are.

Having these books within my classroom available to students on a daily basis will certainly help provide high interest and true engagement throughout the entire unit - a teacher's dream!

Mrs. Johnson
Grades 3-5

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome • Amazon Business $15.15 2 $30.30
The Ultimate Husky Photo Book: Looking Through The Eyes Of A Sled Dog • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Alaska Wildlife: Through the Season • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Togo • Amazon Business $16.37 1 $16.37
Togo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Dog Diaries) • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Dogs of the Iditarod • Amazon Business $15.61 1 $15.61
Yukon: Sled Dog • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
Born to Pull: The Glory of Sled Dogs • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
Sled Dog School • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Kiana's Iditarod (PAWS IV) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Surviving the Iditarod (You Choose: You Choose: Surviving Extreme Sports) • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Alaska's Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines (PAWS IV) • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Woodsong • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dogteam • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Mystery on the Iditarod Trail (8) (Real Kids Real Places) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ice Dogs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
If You Were a Kid at the Iditarod • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dogsledding and Extreme Sports: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #26: Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alaska • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Survival Tails: Endurance in Antarctica • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Balto and the Great Race (Stepping Stone) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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