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Mrs. Buscio from Elmwood Park NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Non-Fiction Books-Bringing History to Life!

Help me give my students have the proper materials to participate in our non-fiction unit.

  • $170 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

5th graders are by far the most exciting students. They are on the brink of change as they grow in every way possible. They are the "big kids" and they know it! Most importantly, their minds are like sponges, soaking in everything around them.

As readers, my students love to search through my books looking for something that excites them.

Approximately 80 students a day comb through my books. These 5th graders come from different cultures, economic levels, and different reading levels. Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to meet their reading interests. More than a third of our students come from low income families. Many of them have limited or no access to good literature, and a majority of them read below the expectations of grade 5. Additionally, many speak other languages at home, so reading is an important part of growing their confidence in English. Of course, they start the school year as excited to learn as I am to teach them, but we lack sufficient resources. My hope is to keep the reading spark shining bright for these amazing kids.

My Project

5th graders are by far the most exciting students. They are on the brink of change as they grow in every way possible. They are the "big kids" and they know it! Most importantly, their minds are like sponges, soaking in everything around them.

As readers, my students love to search through my books looking for something that excites them.

Approximately 80 students a day comb through my books. These 5th graders come from different cultures, economic levels, and different reading levels. Sometimes, it is nearly impossible to meet their reading interests. More than a third of our students come from low income families. Many of them have limited or no access to good literature, and a majority of them read below the expectations of grade 5. Additionally, many speak other languages at home, so reading is an important part of growing their confidence in English. Of course, they start the school year as excited to learn as I am to teach them, but we lack sufficient resources. My hope is to keep the reading spark shining bright for these amazing kids.

My Project

We need more non-fiction books. There needs to be a rich selection of materials to be an active part of the classroom and grow great readers. In our school, we use a curriculum that requires students to provide their own texts and suggests we provide 2500 books. My current classroom library has only 250 books, and it is not meeting the needs of the students.

We need more "Just Right Books." Just right books are books meet the needs of a student's independent reading level.

They are required to bring them to class everyday. Without these books, students are unable to participate fully in class.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TIME For Kids - 5-6 COMBO Bundle - 28 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • TIME for Kids $4.50 10 $45.00
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
El Deafo • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Chew On This Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Escape from Slavery Five Journeys to Freedom • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

Materials cost

$112.78

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.69

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$144.47

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$25.49

Total project goal

$169.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$169.96

2 Donors

-$169.96

Donations toward project cost

-$144.47

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.49

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$0.00

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