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Mrs. Luty from Maize KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Shh...We Are Reading!: The Power of Picture Books

My students need quality picture books being read out loud to capture their attention and engage their minds.

  • $1,973 goal

This project expired on August 1, 2018.

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My Students

My students spend 155 minutes immersed in a reading environment. We listen to and comprehend stories, practice sounding out and reading words, increase our vocabulary knowledge, and spend time writing about our weekly topics. My students participate in whole group learning and small group guided reading centers. Our whole grade also spends 30 minutes each day devoted to reading improvement where students are grouped according to their current needs.

My students are striving to become independent readers, and I want them to acquire a love for reading.

In first grade my students are in the midst of learning to read. They are growing as readers and beginning to experience how books can take them to magical places.

My Project

Our team's goal is to have a variety of picture books to read out loud to our students during the year. We want to expose students to a mix of quality fiction and nonfiction books. The purpose is to read stories that connect to our weekly reading theme, seasonal theme, and writing theme. We focused on complimenting the big idea of the week, vocabulary words that are discovered during the week, and incorporating books that will lead into deeper conversation pieces that build on a student's reading comprehension.

Being read to every day begins preparing first graders for the skills they will need to be able to read independently.

We would like to have one copy per classroom to use from year to year. With four teachers on our team, four books of each are needed. One of our week's reading questions asks "What can we learn as we change and grow?" We selected the book "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon" because it teaches our students how to help others change for the better and to realize how special you are when you are yourself.

It is important to find time to have students listen and enjoy literacy in a world that is constantly busy. If I can engage them by listening to a story every day then hopefully it will instill a love for reading in my students. Books can take us to magical places, and my students can experience this when I'm taking time to read out loud to them.

Mrs. Luty
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jack's Garden • Amazon Business $17.99 4 $71.96
The Wizard of Oz • Amazon Business $16.20 4 $64.80
One Kansas Farmer: A Kansas Number Book (America by the Numbers) • Amazon Business $15.92 4 $63.68
Uni the Unicorn • Amazon Business $15.26 4 $61.04
You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? • Amazon Business $15.19 4 $60.76
The Wednesday Surprise • Amazon Business $14.88 4 $59.52
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder • Amazon Business $14.48 4 $57.92
The Little House 75th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $14.11 4 $56.44
Groundhog Weather School • Amazon Business $13.99 4 $55.96
Wild Ones: Observing City Critters • Amazon Business $13.62 4 $54.48
Plant a Pocket of Prairie • Amazon Business $13.09 4 $52.36
Love Monster and the Perfect Present • Amazon Business $12.50 4 $50.00
I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $12.41 4 $49.64
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • AKJ Education $12.40 4 $49.60
The Magician's Hat • Amazon Business $12.36 4 $49.44
Fairly Fairy Tales • Amazon Business $12.18 4 $48.72
How Big Were Dinosaurs? • Amazon Business $11.98 4 $47.92
Olive, the Other Reindeer • Amazon Business $11.00 4 $44.00
The Stars Will Still Shine • Amazon Business $10.98 4 $43.92
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book • Amazon Business $10.96 4 $43.84
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book • Amazon Business $10.96 4 $43.84
Winter Dance • Amazon Business $10.20 4 $40.80
Monster Trouble! • Amazon Business $9.91 4 $39.64
Love Monster • Amazon Business $8.98 4 $35.92
Sneezy the Snowman • Amazon Business $8.49 4 $33.96
Out on the Prairie • Amazon Business $7.95 4 $31.80
Thanksgiving Day • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
Santa's Book of Names • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
American Symbols: What You Need to Know (Fact Files) • Amazon Business $6.95 4 $27.80
America the Beautiful • Amazon Business $6.16 4 $24.64
Squirrel's New Year's Resolution • Amazon Business $5.61 4 $22.44
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $5.29 4 $21.16
The Emperor's Egg Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.10 4 $20.40
The Night Before New Year's • Amazon Business $4.54 4 $18.16
Explore My World Penguins • AKJ Education $3.64 4 $14.56

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