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Ms. Dippel from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our Mystery Books Are Suspicious

My students need mystery titles to become stronger readers and super sleuths! We need Capture the Flag, When You Reach Me and Under the Egg.

  • $158 goal

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My Students

Missing. A twelve year old girl. Her room untouched except for a single shard of glass.

If this were a novel, you would want to keep reading.

My middle school students are no different. While they come from all walks of life, few can resist stories full of suspense and puzzles to solve. Unfortunately, the biggest mystery about mysteries is why they're so neglected in traditional English classrooms. My students have few options for these engaging page-turners without your help.

My Project

Mysteries provide an opportunity for students to practice much needed literacy skills. Tracking clues and characters across a text requires looking at details closely. Students must pay attention in order to think about cause and effect, character motivations, and general inferences. Mysteries also force students to ask why things are happening and make predictions about what will occur in the future.

Most importantly, mysteries value facts and intelligence in a time where this is not always the case.

I want my students to see characters who use their smarts to figure something out. These characters can be role models for perseverance and hard work.

Help us get a clue with your donation today!

Ms. Dippel
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Window • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
One of Us Is Lying • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
A Study in Charlotte • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Beyond the Bright Sea • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (The Sports Beat, 3) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
When You Reach Me • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Under the Egg • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Boundless • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fuzzy Mud • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The London Eye Mystery • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
All the Wrong Questions: Question 1 • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Capture the Flag • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Deprivation House Book One in the Murder House Trilogy • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Secret Identity Book One in the Identity Mystery Trilogy • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets An Enola Holmes Mystery • AKJ Education $3.63 1 $3.63
The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye An Enola Holmes Mystery • AKJ Education $3.63 1 $3.63

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