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Ms. Brotspies from Edison NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ready, Set, Read!

My students need 34 superb read aloud books with titles from "Dandelions" to "Rotten Teeth" to build comprehension and develop important reading strategies.

  • $349 goal

This project expired on January 4, 2011.

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My Students

Can you imagine teaching reading with no books?! Unfortunately, this is my daily struggle as we are not provided with many reading materials to supplement our daily reading program.

Most of my students enter my third grade classroom as struggling, below-grade level readers.

For many of the students I teach, my classroom is the only place they have access to reading materials. Yet, despite the obstacles they face, they love to read! They work so hard to become great readers no matter what it takes. It is my job and ultimate goal to provide a learning environment that is rich in good literature, so they can reach their goals.

My Project

Each day, our reading program requires that we expose our students to read alouds in order to model good reading behaviors and develop important reading strategies. However, we are not provided with many books to carry out this program. My mornings have turned into a scavenger hunt trying to find the books I am looking for. I must scramble to ask colleagues or search the library to track down a good read aloud. My reading lessons would be more engaging and more effective if the books were easily accessible in my own classroom. I am hoping to bring these books into my own classroom. I would be able to plan my lessons further in advance and be more familiar with each book. This would also enable me to pinpoint specific strategies I could model when reading each book. Furthermore, my students would have access to the books as well. Instead of having to immediately return the books to a colleague or the library, the books would remain in my classroom and be accessible to my students.

I am asking for your kindness and your help in bringing good books into my classroom for my students.

By donating to my project, you are helping my students reach their reading goals and be proud of their accomplishments.

Ms. Brotspies
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Owl Moon Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Worrywarts Pamela Duncan Edwards, Pamela Duncan, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest Lynne Cherry, Deborah Halverson (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich, Last Sunday Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.64 1 $3.64
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Mark Teague • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Fireflies Julie Brinckloe, Julie Brinckloe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Relatives Came Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Keeping Quilt Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Wednesday Surprise Eve Bunting, Donald Carrick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Bea and Mr. Jones Amy Schwartz, Amy Schwartz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.32 1 $11.32
Night Noises Mem Fox, Terry Denton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
The Bee Tree Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator), Patrcicia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Anna Banana and Me Lenore Blegvad, Erik Blegvad (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Pain and the Great One Judy Blume, Irene Trivas, Irene Trivas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
I Know a Lady Charlotte Zolotow, James Stevenson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Regina's Big Mistake Marissa Moss • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus, Jose Aruego (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Mitten Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
The Hat Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Babushka Baba Yaga Patricia Polacco • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Going Home Eve Bunting, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Frog Prince--Continued Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Brothers Grimm • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Junkyard Wonders Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
The Lemonade Club Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 2 $13.66
The Graves Family Goes Camping Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Babushka's Doll Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Some Birthday! Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Karen Beaumont, David Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Hooway for Wodney Wat Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Dandelions Eve Bunting, Greg Shed (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Rotten Teeth Laura Simms, David Catrow, David Catrow (Illustrator), David A. Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.99 1 $12.99

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