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Mrs. Cardenas from Pasadena CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Makes Your World Big!

Help me give my students books that are accurately leveled for their various needs.

  • $584 goal

This project expired on December 31, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have an amazing and unique group of first graders. Unfortunately, they have had a couple of difficult weeks, enduring the hardships of beginning a new school year without a permanent teacher. However, I am happy to say that these amazing students are ready to learn and give it their all.

Each and every one of my students is unique and special in their own way.

I have such a broad spectrum of personalities, learning styles, and academic standings in my class. However, what all of my students seem to have in common is their love for books. This week we have been learning how to read with someone for understanding and they all did an extraordinary job. I was happy when I overheard one of my students ask her partner, "Do you think the character will do it?". YES!!! Our lesson on inferring (predicting) was a success.

My Project

First grade reading is one of the most important and exciting learning periods for a child. For this reason, I feel that it is essential for me to do everything in my power to help my children find joy and meaning in reading as it is how they develop their reading skills. However, this classroom has a very small library that does not meet the needs of all my students. The other day one of my students told me that she couldn't find any books at her level that interested her. So we went together to look at the library and realized that there were only 10 books at her reading level. If the book a child is reading is too difficult, it will lead to frustration; too little of a challenge will lead to boredom.

To make sure that all of my students' needs are being met I decided to select various bundles of books that meet my student diverse reading levels.

I also made sure to find books that fit their many interests. For example, I have several students that love to read about animals and our solar system, hence I included books about those topics. I also have students that are interested in comic books, therefore I included some comic books to ensure that those students needs are also met. This project will help my students understand and enjoy the book for reading success. It will ensure that students have books that are just right for their needs.

Mrs. Cardenas
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Can Read All-Time Favorites 16-Book Box Set • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection (Beginner Books(R)) • Amazon Business $33.78 1 $33.78
Curious George Classic Collection • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Levels E-F: 12 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $12.23 2 $24.46
First Little Comics Parent Pack: Levels A & B: 20 Funny Books That Are Just the Right Level for New Readers • Amazon Business $18.66 1 $18.66
First Little Comics Parent Pack: Levels E & F: 16 Funny Books That Are Just the Right Level for Growing Readers • Amazon Business $18.41 1 $18.41
The Big Box of Bright and Early Board Books About Me (Big Bright & Early Board Book) • Amazon Business $16.73 1 $16.73
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level B: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Levels E & F: 16 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Growing Readers • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
First Little Comics Parent Pack: Levels C & D: 20 Funny Books That Are Just the Right Level for New Readers • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level D: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4) • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Junie B. Jones's Fourth Boxed Set Ever! (Books 13-16) • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level C: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level A: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level D: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level A: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $14.06 1 $14.06
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level C: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Splat the Cat: Big Reading Collection (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Junie B. Jones's Second Boxed Set Ever! (Books 5-8) • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Pinkalicious: Pink-a-rama (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Pinkalicious Phonics Box Set (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Pete the Cat Phonics Box: Includes 12 Mini-Books Featuring Short and Long Vowel Sounds (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Paw Patrol Phonics Box Set (PAW Patrol) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09

Materials cost

$421.51

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$38.57

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$496.40

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.60

Total project goal

$584.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$584.00

5 Donors

-$583.12

Donations toward project cost

-$496.40

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$86.72

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.88

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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