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Ms. Livingstone from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Skills, Thrills, and Everyday Wisdom: ‘How To’ Books

My students need 48 how-to books on manners, math, middle school, and a myriad of other topics to keep them reading while they learn!

  • $614 goal

This project expired on April 12, 2011.

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My Students

My students love to read how-to books! This collection of how-to books includes advice on reading a work of art and a worried mom, dealing with insults, asthma, and discrimination, and directions for decorating cupcakes and talking to a dog. There is something here for everyone!

My urban middle school students, many of them English Language Learners, begin the year reading years below grade level.

We read every day in our mixed grade Language Arts classroom, as my students work hard to strengthen their skills and prepare for high school.

My Project

How-to books are a favorite of strong readers and developing readers alike. Students will jump at the chance to read these books during independent reading time in our class. This eclectic collection of how-to books includes directions on becoming an Aztec warrior or a Roman soldier, impressing a potential date or employer, and surviving disasters both natural and social. My students will consult these books to learn to tie a Windsor knot and balance a checkbook; they will find out how to frost a cupcake and what to say during a job interview. These books are chockful of useful and practical advice about all kinds of life situations.

This is a dream book collection for my students.

How-to books are always in demand during reading time in our classroom. My students will devour the lessons and wisdom in this collection---and become better readers while doing so!

Ms. Livingstone
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know: Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic Derek Fagerstrom, Lauren Smith • AKJ BOOKS $17.68 1 $17.68
100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents Elisabeth J Henderson • AKJ BOOKS $11.92 1 $11.92
Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail Danica McKellar • AKJ BOOKS $10.26 1 $10.26
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make Karen Tack, Alan Richardson • AKJ BOOKS $9.58 1 $9.58
Dogs: How to Choose and Care for a Dog Laura S. Jeffrey • AKJ BOOKS $20.45 1 $20.45
Flick a Switch: How Electricity Gets to Your Home Barbara Seuling, Nancy Tobin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.76 1 $13.76
How Did That Get to My House? Water Nancy Masters • AKJ BOOKS $20.69 1 $20.69
How Not to Babysit Your Brother Cathy Hapka, Ellen Titlebaum, Debbie Palen (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
How People Learned to Fly (Let's-Read-and-Find-0ut Science 2 Series) Fran Hodgkins, True Kelley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out Alex J. Packer, Pamela Espeland, Jeff Tolbert (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.67 1 $13.67
How to Be an Aztec Warrior Fiona MacDonald, Mark Bergin (Illustrator), Dave Antram (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
How to Be a Roman Soldier Fiona MacDonald, Nicholas J. Hewetson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
How to Deal with Asthma Lynette Robbins • AKJ BOOKS $7.04 1 $7.04
How to Deal with DISCRIMINATION Rachel Lynette • AKJ BOOKS $18.16 1 $18.16
How to Draw Dogs Barbara Soloff Levy, E. Ed. Levy • AKJ BOOKS $1.47 1 $1.47
How to Draw Anything Mark Linley • AKJ BOOKS $5.96 1 $5.96
How to Draw People Barbara Soloff Levy, E. Ed. Levy • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School Robin Epstein, Ben H. Winters, Chuck Gonzales (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.51 1 $7.51
Dictionary of High School B.S.: From Acne to Varsity, All the Funny, Lame, and Annoying Aspects of High School Life Lois Beckwith • AKJ BOOKS $8.89 1 $8.89
America's Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life: The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior J.E. Bright • AKJ BOOKS $8.53 1 $8.53
Crap: A Teen's Guide to Dealing with Stuff That Stinks Erin Elisabeth Conley • AKJ BOOKS $7.64 1 $7.64
How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-On Guide for the Newly Undead Amy Gray, Scott Erwert (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.16 1 $12.16
The The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way David Horvath, Sun-Min Kim • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Are You Afraid Yet?: The Science Behind Scary Stuff Stephen James Omeara, Jeremy Kaposy (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Deadly Perils: And How to Avoid Them Tracey Turner, Richard Horne (Illustrator), Ben Hasler (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.73 1 $9.73
How to Deal with Insults Julie Fiedler • AKJ BOOKS $18.16 1 $18.16
How to Draw Anything Mark Linley • AKJ BOOKS $5.96 2 $11.92
How to Draw North Carolina's Sights and Symbols J. Katlin, Stephanie True Peters, S. True Peters • AKJ BOOKS $19.19 1 $19.19
How To Draw Cars Like a Pro Thom Taylor, Lisa Hallett • AKJ BOOKS $15.01 1 $15.01
How to Draw Fast Cars, Monster Trucks and Fighter Jets Christopher Hart • AKJ BOOKS $8.89 1 $8.89
Draw Fifty Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles Lee J. Ames • AKJ BOOKS $7.64 2 $15.28
How to Draw Dogs Barbara Soloff Levy, E. Ed. Levy • AKJ BOOKS $2.51 2 $5.02
How To Draw Goosebumps Contribution by Scholastic, Inc. Staff • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
How to Draw Animals Charles Liedl • AKJ BOOKS $4.46 2 $8.92
How to Draw Faces Barbara Soloff Levy • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 2 $8.52
How to Draw Lettering Judy Tatchell, Carol Varley, Fiona Brown (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
How to Draw Caricatures, Vol. 1 Lenn Redman • AKJ BOOKS $12.71 1 $12.71
How to Survive a Tornado Michael Martin • AKJ BOOKS $20.51 1 $20.51
How to Read a Work of Art Laura Hensley • AKJ BOOKS $19.83 1 $19.83
How to Talk to Your Dog Jean Craighead George, Sue Truesdell (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 2 $11.94
How to Raise Mom and Dad: Instructions from Someone Who Figured It Out Josh Lerman, Greg Clarke (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.79 1 $13.79

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