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Mrs. Leatherman from Harrisonburg VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Planting Knowledge With Books

Help me give my students an opportunity to grow and learn with books in a literacy rich environment.

  • $292 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our kindergarten and first grade classes are full of energetic, kind, loving, curious, inquisitive students. Our school is a culturally and linguistically diverse Title I school in which 95% of children receive free breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Although our students face many challenges, we see them as if they were our own personal children. On a daily basis, we see their eagerness to engage in learning through literature. It is important for our students to be in a literacy rich classroom where they can maximize their potential.

My Project

The research published by Duke and Cervetti, professors at the University of Michigan, reveals that the most effective way to teach primary students is by integrating content throughout the day. We are aligning literacy and science standards in order to deepen students’ knowledge. We will also be able to create a quad text set lesson that will be implemented with students. A quad text set includes four types of literature that are connected by a theme. A unit on plants will be planned around these books and provide many opportunities for students to read, write, listen, and speak. Students will also learn new vocabulary terms and be able to apply them in meaningful ways.

By surrounding students with rich literature and providing the necessary scaffolds to comprehend text (Rogoff 1990), students will feel successful.

This success will help develop a LOVE for reading and learning. Students will have multiple reading experiences throughout the day so that they will make academic connections. We will create authentic project-based lessons ensuring that our students will LEARN the content and not just memorize facts. This project allows students to collaborate as they read, write, listen, and speak. As research shows, students learn best when all subjects are connected through interdisciplinary units and students are given opportunities to apply what they have learned through these connected texts.(Duke, Cervetti).

Mrs. Leatherman
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Plant the Tiny Seed • AKJ Education $11.67 2 $23.34
Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Experiment with What a Plant Needs to Grow • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
In the Garden: Comparing Numbers • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
From Seed to Plant (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
What Do Roots Do? • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
What Is a Living Thing? • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
How Are Plants Helpful? • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
From Seed to Pumpkin • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
How a Seed Grows • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
How a Plant Grows • AKJ Education $5.07 2 $10.14
Apple Trees • AKJ Education $4.59 2 $9.18
Air • AKJ Education $4.59 2 $9.18
National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant • AKJ Education $4.49 2 $8.98
Good Work Plant Life • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
What's Alive? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
How Plants Grow • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Seed to Plant • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
National Geographic Readers: Plants (Level 1 Co-reader) • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Toot & Puddle How Does Your Garden Grow? • AKJ Education $1.75 2 $3.50

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