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Mrs. Zaring from Lacrosse WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Book Palooza!

Help me give my students a variety of diverse picture books to master reading skills and foster a love of reading!

  • $658 goal

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My Students

Our close-knit little school is nestled right in the rolling hills of Washington wheat country. My students are raised in a rural community that values hard work, respect, and perseverance. Even as 3rd and 4th graders, my students are involved in working the family farm, working animals, sports, clubs, school, and more!

Since my students come from hardworking farm families, that spirit translates into the classroom.

They are eager to please, want to do their best and are problem solvers. They love activities that are hands-on, involve creativity and lots of movement. All of these qualities mimic their home lives, so I try to incorporate them as much as possible in my classroom!

My classroom averages about 10 students a year between 3rd and 4th grade. I get each student for two years! These small class sizes allow me to easily incorporate more hands-on learning and projects to fit my students' needs, learning styles and interests. I can truly individualize and make my classroom into a special place they want to be! My students' love for learning, caring hearts, work ethic, and positive energy make me feel so lucky to teach in this special little town!

My Project

My students and I look forward every week to reading new picture books together. Picture books have been key to teaching my students the reading comprehension skills they need, while instilling a love of literacy. My class is a multi-age 3rd and 4th-grade classroom, so there are many different reading levels within my classroom. The use of picture books has allowed me to teach a skill to all the students, that they can, in turn, apply in their own independent reading at their level. Having a variety of picture books to read with my students helps expand their knowledge and views of different people, places, animals, genres and experiences from the world around them.

"Picture books can provide more complex plots, more sophisticated language, literacy devices, deal with global issues and explore more values, traditions, emotions and relationships than many chapter books," Jen Jones.

Picture books are awesome learning tools for all ages. The topics and themes these short books provide have helped my students better understand comprehension skills and lead to rich discussions. I would love to offer my students with more picture book variety in my classroom library to allow me to continue to share and expand this literature experience with them!

Mrs. Zaring
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
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $19.23 1 $19.23
Ocean: A Photicular Book • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Memoirs of a Hamster • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Wild: Endangered Animals in Living Motion (Photicular) • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Holes in the Sky • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
An Orange for Frankie • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Tucky Jo and Little Heart • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Pink and Say • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Remembering Vera • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Because of Thursday • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story • Amazon Business $8.71 1 $8.71
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Albert Einstein Book for Kids, Books About Scientists for Kids, Biographies for Kids, Kids Science Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86
Mr. Lincoln's Way • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
The Keeping Quilt • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
What Really Happened to Humpty? (Nursery-Rhyme Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly: And Other Questions About Polar Lands • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody!: The Story of the Frog Prince as Told by the Frog (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Frankly, I'd Rather Spin Myself a New Name!: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin as Told by Rumpelstiltskin (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: The Story of Rapunzel as Told by Dame Gothel (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Seriously, Snow White Was SO Forgetful!: The Story of Snow White as Told by the Dwarves (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Listen, My Bridge Is SO Cool!: The Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as Told by the Troll (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
No Kidding, Mermaids Are a Joke!: The Story of the Little Mermaid as Told by the Prince (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.60 1 $6.60
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
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 $6.50 1 $6.50
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39

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