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Mrs. Nipper
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 9 donors
  • $0 still needed

My Students Love to Read, Read, Read. More Books Please!

My students need 34 fascinating "real" stories such as "The Life Cycle of a Crawfish", "Wildcats", "Extreme Sports" and other award-winning books written by outstanding authors. Also, ten sets of headphones for listening to stories read fluently is invaluable.

My Students

My students need books that will inspire them to read more books. They are just beginning to learn to read for meaning, rather than just reading the words. Third grade is the critical time when boys and girls begin to realize that reading is enjoyable, not just another subject to pass.

My students live in one of the top ten poverty-stricken cities in America.

Often no one wakes them in the morning or gives them breakfast. So they have learned at a very young age that they must "do" for themselves. A lot of my third-graders are also responsible for getting their younger siblings ready for school. After school most have no one to read to them or to help them with homework. In spite of all this, the majority of my students possess a fierce desire to do well. They want to master all of the subjects and thoroughly enjoy showing off their skills. They are bright, enthusiastic, and creative, just like students in other more affluent areas. I am constantly inspired by them and both amazed and humbled by their resilience. These children are incredibly easy to love.

My Project

My students need fascinating "real" stories such as The Life Cycle of a Crawfish, Wildcats, Extreme Sports and other award-winning books written by outstanding authors. Also, ten sets of headphones for listening to stories read fluently is invaluable. I add books to my classroom library every year. Because so many of my students do not have their own books at home, I encourage students to take books home to continue to read them. Often books are lost or damaged, and they need to be replaced. So I am hard-pressed to keep a good number of choices available. In our literacy block this year, the plan is for each student to have a box of 4 or 5 books that they can choose from to read to themselves, read to someone else, or write about. Much more time will be given to students to actually read allowing me to work with only a few students at a time. Whole group lessons that students can use to become better readers will be done in small segments of time between larger blocks of independent reading time. Students will slowly build their reading stamina toward becoming life-long readers. Students that are really struggling with reading will have the ability to use their headphones and microphones to work with a phonics computer program.

More new books added to the classroom library at the beginning of the school year will give a kick-start to our new reading program that we will be using in the 2013-14 school year.

A lot of the success in using this program depends upon students having a choice of books to read that are interesting and at their reading levels. The headphones and microphones will assist lower level readers in practicing reading words correctly while developing good fluency. Please help my students succeed!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cyber Acoustics AC-840 Internet Communication USB Mono Headset • Amazon $21.92 10 $219.20
Denise Fleming Book Set (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $53.51 1 $53.51
TIME For Kids - Grades 3-4 • Time for Kids $4.88 10 $48.80
Mem Fox Paperback Book Set (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $47.56 1 $47.56
Skateboarding Andrew Robert • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
The Life Cycle of a Crayfish Bobbie Kalman, Rebecca Sjonger • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Spiders Gail Gibbons, Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Bubble Homes and Fish Farts • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Gorillas • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
For the Love of the Game • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Winter''s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Big Cats • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
African Lions Joelle Riley • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Dinosaur Discoveries • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Top Of The World • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Three on Three • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Trouble on the T-ball Team • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Why Frogs Are Wet • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
An Octopus Is Amazing • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
The Lucky Baseball Bat: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Editi • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Wildcats • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Bees! (Time for Kids Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, With • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Time For Kids: Spiders! • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Here Comes the Strikeout: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Bears! (Time for Kids Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Nico • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Extreme Sports Richard Platt, Mary Ling (Editor) • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Soccer Sam • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
NBA Reader Super Guards • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Kick, Pass, and Run • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
NBA Reader: Fast Forwards Paul Ladewski • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91
Sharks! (TFK Science Scoops Series) Editors Of Time For Kids • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91

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