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Ms. Gordon from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Open a Book and It Will Open Your Mind

My students need novels for their independent reading time (also known as Joy Reading Book Time) and sticky notes for their annotations in the class anchor text. We also need pencils, dry erase markers, highlighters, dictionaries, and paper.

  • $554 goal

This project expired on May 7, 2018.

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My Students

Many of my students are coming from low-income community in Texas. Most of my students are immigrants or are raised in homes with parents who are immigrants.

The majority of my students are English Language Learners and despite what circumstances they may face, they come in ready to learn each and every day.

Although they try their hardest, many students have difficulty comprehending material, especially in English Language Arts. Their dedication and eagerness to learn is so admirable and I can't wait to see their growth this semester!

My Project

All of the materials I am requesting are already those have been used in the classroom. However, we are running out of my personal materials and I want nothing more than for my students to have access to all of the tools that will set them up for success. Students will be using sticky notes for their daily annotations in their class texts because they are borrowing these books from the library. Sticky notes are also a great way for students to engage in a quick entrance or exit ticket on a daily basis. Students who have their own copies of the class text will be able to use the highlighters and pens requested to actually write in their novels. The expo markers requested will be used when I am presenting a teacher model on the correct way to annotate on the classroom whiteboard via powerpoint.

The novels requested will be used for independent reading time in class, which is also known as JRB (Joy Reading Book) Time.

This is a time where students take 15 minutes at the beginning of class to read a novel of their choice to ensure that they are actively reading on a daily basis. This also increases student engagement and gets them excited to read! The library in our school is limited and what I have in the classroom are novels many students have read before, so giving them more variety and options will hopefully encourage students to get even more excited to read their books when they get to class.

These materials will really help set students up for success and get them excited about reading!

Ms. Gordon
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 57 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bic Mechanical Pencils, 40 count, Black barrel with multi color clips • Amazon Business $16.49 2 $32.98
EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Vibrant Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Sharpie Highlighters Special Combo Pack, Includes 2 Sizes, 27 Count • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Webster's Dictionary for Students, Fifth Edition • Amazon Business $4.49 6 $26.94
145th Street: Short Stories • Amazon Business $8.56 3 $25.68
Astrobrights 5-Color Mixed Carton, 24lb Paper, 8.5"x11", 1250 Sheets (22998) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.55 3 $22.65
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Pantheon Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $7.20 3 $21.60
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Rio de Janeiro Collection, 24 Pads, 70 Sheets/Pad, Cabinet Pack (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $19.69 1 $19.69
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $5.69 3 $17.07
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 5 $16.90
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 2 $15.10
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.04 2 $14.08
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
New Moon (Twilight) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser Set - Premium 4 Color Pack - For Dry Erase Pens And Markers - Strong Magnet Sticks To All Dry-erase White Boards - 4 x 2.3 x 0.8 " - Cleaner For Home, School And Office • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
The Maze Runner (Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Homeboyz • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
The Hunger Games (Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.21 1 $5.21

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