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Ms. Elias from Alexandria VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Is Power. Reading Is Enjoyed Through Choice!

My students need new books that they can enjoy during independent reading time. Reading is power and these books will update my classroom library and allow students access to new books that they want!

  • $653 goal

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My Students

The students who will be entering my sixth grade classroom are diverse and speak many different languages at home. Many of the students are classified as English as a Second Language learners and/or Special Education students. The school I teach at is classified as a Title I school, which means that, as a school community, many of the students come from low-income households. Students are welcomed into the classroom each and everyday and know the space will be a safe and comfortable environment for them to learn and participate.

My students are resilent and motivated learners who are always curious and asking questions about all topic areas.

They come into my classroom knowing that they will learn, be challenged, have immense opportunities to ask questions and participate with their peers as well as in whole class discussions.

My Project

A goal of mine has always been to get my students to fall in love with math and reading (and the other subjects too). However, in the past year, getting all of my students to really enjoy a book on their own has been a struggle. I have had book talks and classroom read alouds, but not all students were "eager" to independently read. I realized, while I was packing up my classroom and really looked through the library, that many of the books in my classroom weren't that appealing. They were what the kids would label as "old", "non-exciting book covers", and hard to connect with. The Big Nate series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and Who Was series were always off the shelves, but the other non-fiction and fiction books just seemed to sit there and collect dust no matter how hard I tried to get kids to read them.

Reading integrates itself with every subject and the more one reads the better fluency, comprehension, and extended vocabulary they will get.

That is why this upcoming year it is a goal of mine to get students to be intrinsically excited to read. I want titles they can connect with and be overly excited to read and share with others. All of the books on the list have been either researched by me or given to me by the librarian or other teachers. In addition to the books, I have included a scanner so that these donated books can be marked into a system and checked out just like a library so I can keep track of the books for years to come. Lastly, the Number Talks book is for my own professional library as Number Talks is a great routine to get kids to mentally compute numbers.

Ms. Elias
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Number Talks: Whole Number Computation, Grades K-5 • Amazon Business $65.96 1 $65.96
WoneNice 2.4GHz Wireless Barcode Scanner, Portable 2.4GHz Wireless & USB2.0 Wired Barcode Reader with USB Receiver Cable for Supermarket Library Express Company Retail Store Warehouse • Amazon Business $31.59 1 $31.59
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Story Thieves Collection Books 1-3 (Bookmark inside!): Story Thieves; The Stolen Chapters; Secret Origins • Amazon Business $13.53 1 $13.53
You Go First • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
The Wild Robot Escapes • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Wild Robot • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Wishtree • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Greetings from Witness Protection! • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Just My Luck • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Brave (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Real Friends • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Rapunzel's Revenge • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Spin the Golden Light Bulb (The Crimson Five) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Big Nate: Silent But Deadly • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The City of Ember • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children • Amazon Business $7.78 1 $7.78
Home of the Brave • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6): Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
When Friendship Followed Me Home • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic LIfe • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Wish • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Stella by Starlight • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Save Me a Seat (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Holocaust? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Is Our Solar System? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Princess Diana? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Is the World Cup? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Where Is the Eiffel Tower? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Frederick Douglass? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54

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