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Ms. Thode from Castle Rock CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Oh, the Places You Can Go with BOOKS!

My students need new books for their classroom library and mentor texts, to help practice reading comprehension.

  • $727 goal

This project expired on May 23, 2018.

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My Students

I have a class of 28 energetic second graders! My school is located in a suburban neighborhood in Colorado. My students come from a variety of different backgrounds including skill levels and homes.

My students come to me at all different reading levels.

Some are way above where they should be, others are far below. What hooks kids into reading more than fresh, fun books! Books spark imagination, stimulate curiosity and help brain development! My second graders love to read and I would love to be able to help them continue this love for learning!

My Project

Second graders are awakening readers. They have traveled through kindergarten and first grade by learning the phonics of reading. They reach second grade, and it's time to wake them up to the exciting adventures that a good story can create. There is nothing more exciting than introducing students to a book in a series and then watching them want to continue to read books by the same author and about the same characters.

I want my students to be ALL in when it comes reading.

Getting the right titles is the perfect way to get conversations going, to have students be proactive about their reading, and for them to become true book lovers. I have requested over 50 books within this project! Many of the titles I have requested are from the "Branches" book line by Scholastic. The different series by this line are perfect for many second graders. These books are meant for an independent reader who is not ready for a traditional chapter book. The "Ivy and Bean" series are a favorite among many girls in many class and many of the boys like, "Dragon Master". In my project, I have included multiple titles from both these series, as well as a few others.

I have also requested powerful fiction picture books. I will use these books as mentor texts for interactive read alouds. These books are engaging and will provide students with the opportunity to practice reading comprehension. For example, reading and discussing "Sloppy Joe", is a great strategy for teaching character traits and "The Day the Crayons Quit" offers students fun and engaging opportunity to learn about perspective.

Ms. Thode
Grades PreK-2

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sloppy Joe • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Bad Kitty's Very Bad Boxed Set Number 1: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath, Happy Birthday Bad Kitty, Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
The Three Ninja Pigs • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Owl Moon • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
Bad Kitty's Very Very Bad Boxed Set (#2): Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, Bad Kitty for President, and Bad Kitty School Days • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
The Day the Crayons Came Home • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Ant and Grasshopper • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Fly Guy Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
Doctor De Soto • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
No Dogs Allowed! • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
The Magic Hat • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Power of the Fire Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #4) • Amazon Business $3.78 2 $7.56
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Dog Breath • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
No Lie, I Acted Like a Beast!: The Story of Beauty and the Beast as Told by the Beast (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
No Lie, Pigs (and Their Houses) Can Fly!: The Story of the Three Little Pigs as Told by the Wolf (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Take Care of the Babysitter (Ivy & Bean, Book 4) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
My Lucky Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Bad Kitty Takes the Test • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61
Skippyjon Jones • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Ivy and Bean Take the Case (Book 10) (Ivy + Bean) • Amazon Business $5.27 1 $5.27
Fly Guy's Amazing Tricks (Fly Guy #14) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Fly Guy and the Frankenfly (Fly Guy #13) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Whispering Oak: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Stage Fright: A Branches Book (Looniverse #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #7) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Locker Ate Lucy!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Hall Monitors Are Fired!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #8) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the School Ghost: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Ivy and Bean No News Is Good News (Book 8) (Ivy & Bean) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Let's Get Cracking!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Meltdown Madness: A Branches Book (Looniverse #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Dinosaur Disaster: A Branches Book (Looniverse #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the Pet Show: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monkey Me and the New Neighbor: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Relatives Came • Amazon Business $4.81 1 $4.81
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53
Waking the Rainbow Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #10) • Amazon Business $4.51 1 $4.51
Search for the Lightning Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #7) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Eva and the Lost Pony: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #8) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Roar of the Thunder Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #8) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Book 7) (Ivy + Bean) • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34
Break the Fossil Record (Ivy + Bean, Book 3) • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34
Recess Is a Jungle!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #3) • Amazon Business $4.29 1 $4.29
Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6) (Ivy + Bean) • Amazon Business $4.28 1 $4.28
Bound to Be Bad (Ivy and Bean, Book 5) • Amazon Business $4.28 1 $4.28
The Ember Stone: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #1) • Amazon Business $4.19 1 $4.19
Shoo, Fly Guy! (Fly Guy, No. 3) • Amazon Business $4.04 1 $4.04
Flight of the Moon Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #6) • Amazon Business $4.03 1 $4.03
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Super Fly Guy • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Hi! Fly Guy • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Baxter is Missing: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #6) • Amazon Business $3.93 1 $3.93
Stranger Things: A Branches Book (Looniverse #1) • Amazon Business $3.93 1 $3.93
Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) • Amazon Business $3.90 1 $3.90
The Birdy Snatchers (Kung Pow Chicken #3) • Amazon Business $3.83 1 $3.83
Heroes on the Side (Kung Pow Chicken #4) • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Lullaby Lake: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #4) • Amazon Business $3.76 1 $3.76
Warm Hearts Day: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #5) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61
Secret of the Water Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #3) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey: A Branches Book (Monkey Me #1) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61
Saving the Sun Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #2) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go (Ivy & Bean, Book 2) (Bk. 2) • Amazon Business $3.30 1 $3.30
The Crystal Caverns: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #2) • Amazon Business $3.14 1 $3.14
Bok! Bok! Boom!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #2) • Amazon Business $3.14 1 $3.14

Materials cost

$544.84

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$34.87

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.17

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$617.88

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$109.04

Total project goal

$726.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$726.92

4 Donors

-$363.46

Donations toward project cost

-$308.94

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$54.52

match offer

-$363.46

Match offer toward project cost

-$308.94

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$54.52

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$0.00

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