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Mrs. Gilpin from Santa Cruz CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Quality Engaging Books for Students

My students need quality literature to launch our Reader's Workshop program. They will be volume reading in books at their own personal level. Having engaging books available in my classroom for my students is imperative.

  • $430 goal

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My Students

This year I will be teaching fourth grade. Our district is very diverse and we have approximately 60% English language learners.

Our students come from a wide range of different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Over 60% of our students receive a free lunch. Our school also has a wide range of academic levels. Our school supports this wide range with programs like our Response to Intervention Reading Program (RTI.) Teachers regularly meet to look at student learning, assessments, and examine our practice.

I am inspired every day by the young people we serve. Many of our students face adversity in their lives yet come to school eager to learn each day. Our families come from diverse backgrounds and come together to support and celebrate these kids. Also, our staff works tirelessly and passionately to bring quality instruction to our students. I'm so very proud to be a part of this community.

My Project

Each year I expand my classroom library to get quality books into the hands of my students. This year we are launching a new curriculum called Readers' Workshop. Each student will be volume reading books at their reading level. They need access to a lot of books at a variety of levels. They may read multiple books each week or even day! This project includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction books.

I would like to focus on expanding our classroom library to include books that teach about historical figures, science topics, and reflect my wonderful students' beautiful diversity.

These books will help my students stay motivated as readers. Good books inspire kids. Having enough books in our classroom ensures that students can find books that are right for them, as well as books that interest them. Research shows that getting students to spend a lot of time reading books that are at their level is one of the most crucial factors in reading growth.

Please help me get quality books into these eager readers' hands.

Mrs. Gilpin
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
I am Sacagawea (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
I am George Washington (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller (Big Words) • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
Snakes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Planets: Fourth Edition • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling) • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
Water, Water Everywhere (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $7.24 1 $7.24
The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.18 1 $7.18
George Washington's Breakfast • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crictor (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Popcorn Book • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Those Darn Squirrels! • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
Cactus Hotel (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Scaredy Squirrel • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Frogs and Toads (Crabapples) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Bad Hair Day (Whatever After #5) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.24 1 $5.24
DK Readers L2: Star Wars: R2-D2 and Friends • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
A House for Hermit Crab (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Fly Guy Presents: Castles (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Fly Guy Presents: The White House (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89

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