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Ms. Drotar from Saint Louis MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Quality Literature Creates Quality Readers!

My students need 19 quality grade level appropriate literature books.

  • $207 goal

This project expired on January 18, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember staying awake at night with a flashlight just so you could finish reading a chapter of your favorite book? My 4th grade students rarely get a chance to experience the simple joy of reading a great book because they lack access to quality literature.

My students live in an urban area, with 95% of them qualifying for free/reduced priced lunch.

Their parents chose to send them to a charter school to get a better education than the public schools can provide. My students are polite and serious students. The majority of my students read below grade level and now that they are in 4th grade, that just isn't an option anymore. I taught them in 3rd grade and I cared for them so much that I knew that I needed to continue to teach them in 4th grade.

My Project

GreatSchools created a list of essential 4th grade literature. I looked over the list to find only 5 of the books in my classroom. I would like to purchase more of the books from that list so my students have access to fun, quality, age appropriate books. I currently have a great classroom library, but more of the books are more appropriate for 3rd graders. I need to freshen up my library with some books more appropriate for 4th graders.

I think that once my students have access to some of the best 4th grade books they will be unable to put their books down.

You will find them sitting under the covers with a flashlight unable to sleep until they finish one more chapter.

Ms. Drotar
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids Amy Zuckerman, James Daly, John Manders (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Contest (Everest Series #1) Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket Series) George Selden, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Misadventures of Maude Marche: Or Trouble Rides a Fast Horse Audrey Couloumbis • Barnes and Noble $6.41 1 $6.41
Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion William Lubber, Dugald A. Steer, Dugald A. Steer (Editor), Helen Ward (Illustrator), Ian Andrew (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
The Quest Begins (Seekers Series #1) Erin Hunter, Gary Chalk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Great Brain John D. Fitzgerald, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Vol. 1 Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Bone #1: Out from Boneville Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters Henrik Drescher, Henrik Drescher (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.41 1 $15.41
Walter: The Story of a Rat Barbara Wersba, Donna Diamond (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.76 1 $13.76
The Not-Just-Anybody Family Betsy Byars • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 Laurence Yep • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Homesick: My Own Story Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (Bunnicula Series) James Howe, Eric Fortune (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Murder, My Tweet Bruce Hale • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom Louis Sachar, Zelade • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97

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