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Ms. De Jesus from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.


Help me give my students a classroom library that will engage all types of readers!

  • $1,119 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are a part of a Title I, urban elementary school in Harlem. This elementary school is comprised of 90% of students that receive free or reduced lunch and 90% of the students that speak a different language at home.

All students deserve equal opportunities to become successful, life-long readers and learners!

Resources and materials are a valued part of the school experience for any child that comes from a home with little extra money, but especially to a learner who is strengthening their English language skills and helping pass those skills on to their siblings and parents.

My Project

In a high poverty/low income community with a significant population of families whose second language is English, books are a crucial part of my fifth grade classroom. Some of the students in our school often times come from homes where reading is not a top priority. My mission is to provide an environment where students are exposed to many genres and fall in love with reading!

These texts were selected strategically, keeping in mind the books that are already allocated within my library.

I have chosen higher leveled books because my library lacks that appeal to my higher readers. They often look around and open other books, but they never feel challenged. The letter leveled sets that I have chosen will hopefully grab their attention. Within our school's curriculum, students participate in book clubs within the classroom, thus why I have asked for more than one titled book.

On top of following the curriculum, I like to do read-alouds with my students at the end of the day. With fifth grade, the books are longer and some even have a movie based on the book. Students like to be read to. Once we are done reading some of these books, like James and the Giant Peach, we will be able to watch the movie in class and compare and contrast both types of medias used to tell a story.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (11 Books) • AKJ Education $114.82 1 $114.82
Jerry Spinelli (11 Books) • AKJ Education $66.52 1 $66.52
Roald Dahl (8 Books) • AKJ Education $47.83 1 $47.83
Chronicles of Narnia (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $42.60 1 $42.60
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.49 4 $41.96
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $18.24 2 $36.48
Judy Moody (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $35.86 1 $35.86
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $29.89 1 $29.89
Mockingjay • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
National Geographic Readers (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $25.39 1 $25.39
The Horror of World War I • AKJ Education $24.32 1 $24.32
The Maze Runner • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
African American Inventors & Scientists • AKJ Education $20.39 1 $20.39
Hardy Boys (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $20.17 1 $20.17
BONE: Quest for the Spark #1 • AKJ Education $19.70 1 $19.70
Where the Red Fern Grows • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $8.78 2 $17.56
Coding Projects in Python • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Giver • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
Bugged How Insects Changed History • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Travel Team • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Strange But True Book 2 • AKJ Education $6.53 2 $13.06
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close A Novel • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
The Code • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) The Stonekeeper • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Sidekicks • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Rosie the Riveter • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
White Fang • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel • AKJ Education $8.28 1 $8.28
Coraline Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Flowers for Algernon Student Edition • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
How They Croaked The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
1984 • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Artemis Fowl • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Fever 1793 • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Strange But True Book 1 • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Strange But True Book 5 • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick Ginny Davis's Year In Stuff • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Warriors: The Lost Warrior • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Seventh Most Important Thing • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Nightjohn • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Dear Dumb Dairy #1: Let's Pretend This Never Happened Jim Benton's Tales From Mackerel Middle School • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Boy Who Reversed Himself • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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