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Ms. Geml from Detroit MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Once Upon a Lesson

My students need fables and folktales to bring lessons from around the world to life.

  • $190 goal

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My Students

"On Wisconsin..." "GO BADGERS!" Each day that I enter the classroom, the "Wisconsin Badgers'" voices ring out as I capture their attention to start our learning. I am so proud to work with this group of third graders who show that the Badgers can SHRED it. They show self-control and are honest, . My classroom is one of three third grade classes in a charter school that serves students in grades K-12 and provides an engaging learning environment through academics and after-school activities.

With a school located in my hometown of Detroit, Michigan, my students currently face a myriad of obstacles out of their control, yet the students, their families, and myself remain determined face the challenges.

The school systems in the city of Detroit are currently changing at a furious pace, creating many difficult situations. Nonetheless, no matter the hardship, we all express a desire to continue to learn and do our very best, each and every day. Our classroom family has the spirit and drive to keep moving forward, but we need the concrete tools to make it reality.

My Project

Do you know the feeling of truly loving reading? I see that look in my students eyes every day they have a chance to visit our classroom library.

The Badgers love to read, but even more than that, they love having the chance to select from a library full of interesting books every day.

Our reading time is a silent time to get comfy with a great book and practiced reading and comprehension independently. My students are able to choose any book from whatever genre we are reading at the time: realistic fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fantasy, and more. Now, it's time to them to read fables, but we have a huge problem. I have very few books in this genre, in fact, I don't even have enough for each student to read a book on their own!

The Badgers and I need your help. They are very excited to begin learning how great readers use fables and folktales to learn lessons and morals as well as to understand that many folktales are shared throughout the world! Furthermore, students will use these fables and folktales as mentor book examples for when they publish their own fable or folktale. Please help us put these books in our hands and their fables in our hearts.

Ms. Geml
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Aesop's Fables (Dolly Parton's Imagination Library) • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Seven Blind Mice (Reading Railroad) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fables • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Looking for the Easy Life • Amazon Business $6.85 1 $6.85
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together • Amazon Business $6.65 1 $6.65
How Tiger Got His Stripes A Folktale from Vietnam • AKJ Education $3.61 1 $3.61
Bremen Town Musicians • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Little Red Hen • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Honest Woodcutter • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Stone Soup • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Lion and the Mouse • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Favorite Russian Fairy Tales • AKJ Education $2.92 1 $2.92
Fox and Crow Are Not Friends • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Goblin Hood • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Princess and the Pea • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Fox and the Stork • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88
The Archer and the Sun A Folktale from China • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88
The Ogre Bully • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88
The Bear, the Bat and the Dove : Three Stories from Aesop • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88
Old Granny Fox • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
Favorite North American Indian Legends • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
North American Indian Tales • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Read-Aloud Stories • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
Favorite Greek Myths • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
Favorite Celtic Fairy Tales • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19
Frog and the Ox • AKJ Education $2.00 1 $2.00
Irish Fairy Tales • AKJ Education $1.83 1 $1.83
The Story of Hercules • AKJ Education $1.83 1 $1.83
African Folk Tales • AKJ Education $1.10 1 $1.10

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