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Mrs. Smith from Gainesville FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read More, Stay Sharp!

Help me give my students engaging, high-interest chapter books that they can read at their level.

  • $184 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a lower-income, Title I school, many of my students have challenges in and out of the classroom. About 48% of our students are economically disadvantaged. Some of the challenges that present themselves in the classroom are reading proficiency, mastering basic math facts, and simply a lack of motivation to stick with things that are hard. However, it's difficult for some of these children to focus on their education when they are dealing with poverty, homelessness, hunger, absent parents, etc. Despite these challenges, our school has a great sense of community and pride among the staff and students. Together we are the Tigers and mighty proud of it!

My 4th grade students, while coming from various economic backgrounds, cultures, and family structures have something in common - they are all capable of amazing things!

They don't always believe this themselves, but they truly are. I love to see one of my "lower" students blow the class away with a really great idea or connection that no one else thought of. I like to see the underdog get a win. Life can be hard. I want to see all of my students get some wins!

My Project

Did you know that 68% of 4th grade students in our country do not read at a proficient level? Research shows that students who do not read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are less likely to graduate from high school. I strive to encourage ALL of my students to read, but specifically my lower level reading students. The Scholastic Branches series chapter books will help me do this!

All students need access to books at their reading level.

There are many factors that contribute to this achievement gap that are out of a teacher's control. However, there is one thing that, as a teacher, I can control and that is to encourage and guide students to read quality literature at their level. A great way to accomplish this goal is through providing access to chapter books that my lower students can actually read. I have many students that are not reading at a 4th grade level and cannot read many of the chapter books that I have in my classroom library. Or they feel that the books I have at their level are too “babyish” and they should be reading what other students are reading. These students desperately need to feel successful when reading a book. They are also the ones that need to be encouraged to read the most. If I can get the right books in their hands, I might be able to make a difference to that astonishing reading gap.

You might be thinking, "How will this help the 68% of 4th graders read more proficiently?" Well, simply put, research shows time and time again that the single best way to become a better reader is to read. If we read more, we will stay sharp!

Mrs. Smith
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stranger Things: A Branches Book (Looniverse #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Howl at the Moon: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Knit-Knotters: A Branches Book (Stella and the Night Sprites #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Tooth Bandits: A Branches Book (Stella and the Night Sprites #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Step Into the Spotlight!: A Branches Book (The Amazing Stardust Friends #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Super Rabbit Racers!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Super Rabbit Boy Powers Up! A Branches Book (Press Start! #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bok! Bok! Boom!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Let's Get Cracking!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Whispering Oak: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Power of the Fire Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sweet Buttercup: A Branches Book (Silver Pony Ranch #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sparkling Jewel: A Branches Book (Silver Pony Ranch #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Recess Is a Jungle!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Digging for Dinos: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
All Paws on Deck: A Branches Book (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Ember Stone: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #1) • Amazon Business $4.68 1 $4.68
The Crystal Caverns: A Branches Book (The Last Firehawk #2) • Amazon Business $4.68 1 $4.68
Song of the Poison Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #5) • Amazon Business $4.65 1 $4.65
The Locker Ate Lucy!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #2) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
The Birdy Snatchers (Kung Pow Chicken #3) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Secret of the Water Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #3) • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! A Branches Book (Press Start! #1) • Amazon Business $4.33 1 $4.33
Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Saving the Sun Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #2) • Amazon Business $3.86 1 $3.86

Materials cost

$124.47

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.87

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$156.34

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$27.59

Total project goal

$183.93

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$183.93

3 Donors

-$183.93

Donations toward project cost

-$156.34

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.59

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$0.00

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