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Mrs. Holdman El from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students interactive reading notebooks with double entry journal notations.

  • $599 goal

This project expired on December 17, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I serve as a reading teacher at a Title I school in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side. The majority of the students are low income (92%) and most are African American (98%).

My students are bright, inquisitive and lovable.

They are middle schoolers who are learning about the world around them and how they fit in! We are an IB world school, engaging students in inquiry-based lessons. When youth can apply class lessons to their lives they create amazing results. They enjoy hands-on projects and learning by doing.

With your help, I will be better able to assist my students and give them the best possible learning experience.

My Project

Inspiring students to make connections between their lives and the world around them is important. I am requesting supplies that students will read and use to create interactive notebooks. Encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning and engage harmoniously is the ultimate desired outcome. Tangibly we will maintain organized notes and reflect on reading material in a way that encourages creativity.

The notebook will be assessed for components, organization, content and aesthetics.

Notebooks will include examples of reading strategies and literary elements. Students will record analyses of their own. Students will have created their own reference for reading texts.

Mrs. Holdman El
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $13.29 15 $199.35
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 10 $80.20
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.59 10 $55.90
Ticonderoga The World's Best Pencil Wooden Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, 72/Pack (33904) • $16.14 2 $32.28
Pacon Corporation - Construc Ppr Gw Lwt Asst 9x12 500rm • Teachers' School Supply $18.79 1 $18.79
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Assorted Fashion Colors, 24/pk (75846) • $18.27 1 $18.27
Neenah Paper Astrobrights Bright Assortment, 8 1/2 X 11, Assorted, 24 Lb, 500 Sheets/ream • $16.99 1 $16.99
Paper Mate InkJoy 300 RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black Ink, 36/Pack (1921068/1951378) • $16.14 1 $16.14
Elmer's Washable School Glue, 1.25oz. • $1.01 10 $10.10
Paper Mate InkJoy 100 RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Ink, 20/Pack (1951396) • $8.32 1 $8.32
Columbian Redi-Strip Redi-Strip Business Envelopes, 3 5/8" x 6 1/2", White, 55/Bx (CO140) • $7.39 1 $7.39
Quill Brand Steel Binder Clips, Small and Medium, Black, 60/Pack (11508QL) • $5.77 1 $5.77

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