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Ms. Giles from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mysteries! Detectives! Reading! Oh My! (Part 2)

My students need 50+ mystery books on their reading levels so they can read the same books as their reading partners to talk about the mysteries.

  • $605 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Help solve the mystery of how to get third graders to become strong, independent, thoughtful readers! What do they need? Here's a clue: they need lots and lots and lots of things made from paper, ink and glue. The solution? They need books! They need mystery books!

My students are eight and nine years old, attending a public charter school in Washington DC.

They are eager to please and are figuring out who they are as people and as students. They love to talk, play together, and they work hard! They are a diverse group of kids: racially, socio-economically and academically. Among the 51 third graders I teach, there are students reading at a first grade reading level, at a fourth grade reading level, and everything in between. Every single one of them is determined to become a better reader this year, and they devour books.

My Project

Our next reading unit capitalizes on three truths: kids love mysteries; there are lots of mystery books written for third grade readers, and reading mysteries requires practicing key reading skills like envisioning, predicting and making inferences. Research shows that the most effective reading instruction matches kids to books at their reading level, allows them to choose the titles they read, and involves lots of student conversation about reading. With this project, I am requesting enough books to ensure that all of my students will be able to choose exciting mystery books to read at the same time as their reading partners. My students will be able to practice vital reading skills and talk about the books with their partners. With these books, each of my third graders will be able to read several mystery books during the month of January so that they can work toward becoming better, stronger, more engaged readers for the rest of their lives.

This is the second part of a project to stock our classroom library with high-interest books that students will read, talk about, and learn from.

The next reading unit focuses on reading mysteries, and the students will be practicing important reading skills throughout. These books will impact not just this year's group of kids, but third graders for many more years to come.

Ms. Giles
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Lost Locket (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #2) Carolyn Keene, Anthony Accardo, Anne Greenberg (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Bad Day for Ballet (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #4) Carolyn Keene, Anne Greenberg (Editor), Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
Soccer Shoe Clue (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #5) Carolyn Keene, Anne Greenberg (Editor), Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
The Secret Santa (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #3) Carolyn Keene, Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Not Nice on Ice (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #10) Carolyn Keene, Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Alien in the Classroom (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #23) Carolyn Keene, Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
The Case of the Christmas Snowman James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Jigsaw Jones #28: The Case Of The Food Fight James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator), Jamie Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
Case of the Secret Valentine James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Case of The Snowboarding Superstar (Jigsaw Jones Mystery Series, #29) James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator), Jamie Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Case of the Spooky Sleepover James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Case of the Kidnapped Candy (Jigsaw Jones Series #30) James Preller, R. W. Alley (Illustrator), Jamie Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
Third-Grade Detectives #1 & #2: The Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope & The Puzzle of the Pretty Pink Handkerchief George E. Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Cobweb Confession (Third-Grade Detectives Series #4) George Edward Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
Case of the Dirty Clue (Third-Grade Detectives Series #7) George Edward Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Mystery of the Stolen Statue(Third-Grade Detectives Series #10) George Edward Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes George E. Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
The Secret of the Green Skin George E. Stanley, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Bald Bandit (A to Z Mysteries Series #2) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Canary Caper (A to Z Mysteries Series #3) Ron Roy, John Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Deadly Dungeon (A to Z Mysteries Series #4) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Empty Envelope (A to Z Mysteries Series #5) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Goose's Gold (A to Z Mysteries Series #7) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Kidnapped King (A to Z Mysteries Series #11) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries Series #16) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The White Wolf (A to Z Mysteries Series #23) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Missing Mummy (A to Z Mysteries Series #13) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Ninth Nugget (A to Z Mysteries Series #14) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Orange Outlaw (A to Z Mysteries Series #15) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Quicksand Question (A to Z Mysteries Series #17)) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Runaway Racehorse (A to Z Mysteries Series #18) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The School Skeleton (A to Z Mysteries Series #19) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Unwilling Umpire (A to Z Mysteries Series #21) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The X'ed-Out X-Ray (A to Z Mysteries Series #24) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
The Yellow Yacht (A to Z Mysteries Series #25) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Zombie Zone (A to Z Mysteries Series #26) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 2 $6.82
Who Cloned the President? (Capital Mysteries Series #1) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator), Liza Woodruff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 4 $17.04
Kidnapped at the Capital (Capital Mysteries Series #2) Ron Roy, Liza Woodruff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 4 $17.04
The Skeleton in the Smithsonian (Capital Mysteries Series #3) Ron Roy, Jean-Claude Ed. Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 6 $25.56
Fireworks at the FBI (Capital Mysteries Series #6) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 5 $21.30
Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb (Capital Mysteries Series #5) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 6 $25.56
Mystery at the Washington Monument (Capital Mysteries Series #8) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 6 $25.56
Trouble at the Treasury (Capital Mysteries Series #7) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 6 $20.46
A Thief at the National Zoo (Capital Mysteries Series #9) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 6 $25.56
The Election-Day Disaster (Capital Mysteries Series #10) Ron Roy, Timothy Bush (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 5 $21.30
Case of the Best Pet Ever (Jigsaw Jones Mystery Series) James Preller, Howie Dewin, Jamie Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Case of the Class Clown James Preller • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Pony Problems (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #3) Carolyn Keene, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Scream for Ice Cream (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #2) Carolyn Keene, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #1) Carolyn Keene, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
Cinderella Ballet Mystery (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #4) Carolyn Keene, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
The Best Detective (Nancy Drew Notebooks Series #8) Carolyn Keene, Anthony Accardo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52

Materials cost

$472.09

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.08

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$514.17

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$90.74

Total project goal

$604.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$604.91

19 Donors

-$579.32

Donations toward project cost

-$514.17

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$65.15

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$25.59

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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