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Ms. Cherry from Elgin IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Rocks!

Help me give my students a variety of books.

  • $515 goal

This project expired on March 6, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 2nd grade classroom can be found in a small district that borders a city suburb and a farming community. These students are eager to learn, thirsty for knowledge, and have big dreams. Focus can be difficult at times, but they have hearts of gold and wish to do well in any task at hand.

Like all students, these children are our future and I cannot think of anything else more important than their growth and learning.

They enter my classroom every morning full of energy and excitement and ready to take on new adventures and tasks. I find that keeping their attention has become more and more difficult with each passing year, but it does create a challenge to make lessons more interactive which I believe makes me a better teacher. They all have different backgrounds, needs, strengths, and challenges but in the end they all have one thing in common: they deserve a quality education.

My Project

As a teacher, we are constantly looking for best practice (in every way). How will my students learn best? What can I provide to increase not only what they learn, but their enjoyment of learning?

Students learn best through stories they enjoy and can connect with.

After purchasing a program with my own money by an amazing educator from Teachers Pay Teachers, I now need the books to support all the lessons. The program I bought comes with endless activities that not only teach the common core standards, but also life lessons on how to be a better human. All activities center on these specific titles. The students love the books and love the activities that go with them. They don't even realize they are learning! They cannot WAIT to come in on Monday to see what the new "book of the week" is, if I'm able to get it that week. Our school library has some of these books, but not all. Plus, all 5 second grades are using this in my school, and it is too hard to share checking out the books from the library amongst 5 teachers who all need the same book the same week. My students excitement gets diminished when we don't have the book. By funding this project, you would not only be helping the kids in my class, but it would benefit all 5 second grade classrooms in the building. The kids are eager to read these books every week, and I would love to provide a well rounded mentor text every Monday for them to learn from.

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Public Television Storytime Books) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Edward the EMU • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
Stone Soup • Amazon Business $16.81 1 $16.81
Koala Lou • Amazon Business $16.08 1 $16.08
The Salamander Room (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.73 1 $15.73
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch • Amazon Business $15.55 1 $15.55
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse) • Amazon Business $14.76 1 $14.76
The Rough-Face Girl • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
Looking at Lincoln • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
National Geographic Readers: Sharks • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Me . . . Jane • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
The Three Little Javelinas (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Crankenstein • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Spiders • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
That's What Leprechauns Do • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Snow Day! • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Night Tree • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
When I Was Young in the Mountains • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
Library Lion • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fireflies • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Legend of the Poinsettia • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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