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Ms. Potter from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rooted in Read Alouds

Help me give my students an enriching classroom library with picture books that will allow them to fall in love with reading!

  • $466 goal

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My Students

"Light the Way" is the motto at our school located in Indianapolis. Why are we lighting the way? Our students are proving daily that they are learning so they can light up their own lives. They are happy about lighting up to making a difference in their lives and their communities. Our school is a Pre-K through sixth grade elementary school that serves students who come from low-income households. Our goal is to create life-long learners who will continue to "light up" their own lives and the lives of those around them.

My 3rd graders can be described by thinking about the ABCs.

They are active, brilliant and captivating. My students are active learners and listeners. They thrive best when they are engaged in active learning. They are brilliant because they are learning and applying their knowledge daily. Finally, they are some of the most captivating people I know. They are great storytellers and love being able to share their experiences, stories, and knowledge with others. Not only are these students learning but they are also teachers through their active, brilliant and captivated.

My Project

When students are read aloud great literature, their love for reading only increases. In my 3rd grade class, we have a fantastic reading curriculum that we use. Each week is centered around a wonderful book that we read aloud. All of our activities are connected to that particular book. Students are able to develop a deep understanding of the book and make very rich connections to the text.

The read-aloud books are a vital part of our classroom reading block.

As the year goes on students are able to make connections to other books we have read, which as a teacher is so exciting to witness. Currently, I utilize the public library but this means the books only remain in our classroom for that week. There are so many times students wish they could read one of the read-aloud​ books during reading time. By having a class set of the necessary picture books, students will be able to enjoy them all year long!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! • Amazon Business $22.46 1 $22.46
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $17.72 1 $17.72
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
Saturdays and Teacakes • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
Memoirs of a Hamster • Amazon Business $14.70 1 $14.70
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear • Amazon Business $14.63 1 $14.63
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Turkey Bowl • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Cactus Soup • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What Really Happened to Humpty? (Nursery-Rhyme Mysteries) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Raft • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story • Amazon Business $7.24 1 $7.24
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly: And Other Questions About Polar Lands • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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