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Mrs. C. from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading as a Gateway: Classroom Library Part 1

The cost of 11 titles, such as "Where the Red Fern Grows", and six book bundles including "Ancient Civilizations" and "Best of Judy Blume", is $442, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $502 goal

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Reading can open gateways to knowledge, can lower the drawbridge to the imagination, and can serve as inspiration in our lives. I am a first year teacher in a 5/6 combination class in a high poverty area. Many of my students are English Language Learners who are developing their English language and vocabulary. What I am asking for is books for a classroom library. Sadly, as a first year teacher, I have found that most of the books in my classroom library are books from yard sales and are seriously outdated. In order for students to learn from and be inspired by what they are reading, it needs to be interesting and engaging for them. Unfortunately, most of my students have difficulty relating to the "old" books in my classroom library. This is why they would benefit so greatly from new books. The books would be books they can relate to, encouraging them to read more, and thus become lifelong readers. It is important to me to have books that the students are interested in, because I truly feel that this is when they learn most. Please consider funding this project. It would be greatly appreciated by myself and my students.

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

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This project will reach 32 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Newbery: Book Bundle for Grades 3-5 (12 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $62.66 1 $62.66
Virginia: Book Bundle for Grades 4-6 (9 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $53.55 1 $53.55
Ancient Civilizations: Book Bundle for Grades 3-5 (7 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $39.22 1 $39.22
The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $29.35 1 $29.35
Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-5) J. K. Rowling • Barnes and Noble $28.66 1 $28.66
Best of Judy Blume: 4 Copy Box Set Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $18.77 1 $18.77
The Children's Book of Myths and Legends: Extraordinary Stories from Around the World Retold by Ronne Randall, Graham Howells (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.18 1 $7.18
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt (Magic School Bus Series) Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Number the Stars Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Hatchet Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Dear Mr. Henshaw Beverly Cleary, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
My Brother Sam Is Dead James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman Dorothy Sterling • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Helen Keller (Step into Reading Step 3 Bks.Series): Courage in the Dark, Vol. 3 Johanna Hurwitz, Neverne Covington (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 10 $35.90

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