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Mrs. Voelker from Oakland TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Nifty Novel Study

My students need 5 copies each of 19 novels, such as "Charlotte's Web" and "Beezus and Ramona", to read during our small groups when we have reading station rotations.

  • $498 goal

This project expired on July 6, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

For so many of my students, school is the only time that they read a book. It is my goal to reach my students through different novels. I want to expand their knowledge base beyond just the weekly story. I know that by doing novel studies, the students' reading levels will also increase.

My students are an amazing bunch of kids.

It makes my day to walk in to the room and see their smiling faces. They are hungry for knowledge. Most of my students enjoy reading and don't get the opportunity to read books outside of my classroom. Some families are not able to afford the extra books for their children. We are a Title 1 school in the state of TN. 84% of our county is in the poverty range. Many do not have much outside of school. I want to be able to give that to them.

My Project

I have had the privilege of being able to do novel studies while doing interim positions at other schools. This is my first year with a full time position. Reading is the key to everything in school. Without the ability to read, students will not succeed. With the novels, I will be able to not only broaden the students' knowledge with different authors, but this will be a way to increase their reading comprehension which will in return help with all other subjects in school. The only way to get better at reading is to read. Besides the weekly reading story, these novels may be the only other reading that my students do. My students will learn the comprehension skills needed to succeed as well as an appreciation for different authors.

As a first year teacher, I have had to already spend so much money out of pocket.

I do not have the resources to go and buy all of these novels. I have students on so many different reading levels and am in need of novels on each of those levels. By making a donation, you are not only helping the students in my class this year, but in years to come. Through this project, I hope to foster a love for reading that will carry on with these students past my classroom and into their remaining years.

Mrs. Voelker
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Candy Corn Contest • AKJ Books $3.89 5 $19.45
Charlotte''s Web E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $7.01 5 $35.05
Jake Drake, Class Clown • AKJ Books $3.49 5 $17.45
Amber Brown Sees Red • AKJ Books $3.89 5 $19.45
Marvin Redpost: Class President • AKJ Books $3.11 5 $15.55
The World According to Humphrey • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
Socks • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
Ivy and Bean Bound to Be Bad (Ivy and Bean Series #5) Annie • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
How to Eat Fried Worms (Pbk) • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
Henry & Mudge Take Big Test • AKJ Books $2.79 5 $13.95
Henry & Mudge and the Great Grandpas • AKJ Books $2.79 5 $13.95
Henry & Mudge Bedtime Thumps • AKJ Books $2.79 5 $13.95
Beezus and Ramona • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
Ribsy • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
Mouse and the Motorcycle, The • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35
CamJansen&The new girl Mystery • AKJ Books $3.11 5 $15.55
Cam Jansen 14 Chocolate Fudge Mystery • AKJ Books $3.11 5 $15.55
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball • AKJ Books $3.11 5 $15.55
Fudge-a-Mania • AKJ Books $4.67 5 $23.35

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