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Ms. Caldwell from Winder GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Something for Everyone

Help me give my students high interests books, engaging historical fiction books, mentor texts, and games to spice up our methods of learning.

  • $480 goal

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My Students

What are your fondest memories of school? Is it a specific teacher, a group of friends, a subject, a grade level? Think about a classroom where there was something for everyone, where what was offered was based on the student's interests and where the culture was one of value and respect. This is what we are aiming to create and offer, and I believe, this will be what the students remember.

My third grade class is made up of 20 diverse, energetic, inquisitive and curious students.

Almost half of my students are English Language learners and all of my students come from a range of backgrounds and supports and have a wide variety of interests.

Third grade can be a challenging year, as it is often referred to as the year where students go from learning to read to reading to learn. My students are challenged everyday to give their best effort and to maintain a never-give-up attitude even when things get tough. I am excited to take this journey with them and create the best of school memories yet.

My Project

Have you ever been in a situation and said the statement, "there just has to be a better way?" As I learn and look to teach the standards that lie before us in third grade, this statement echoed in my mind. There has to be a better way, a more engaging way, a more energetic way to teach. Through the book "The Wild Card," authors Hope and Wade King challenge their readers to bring their own interests and passions into the classroom to teach in a more effective manner. They discuss the importance of engagement on student learning and success. Some of my interests include playing and watching sports, reading books and playing games.

The items selected in this project bring mine and my students' interests into the classroom, and therefore, will help to create a classroom culture of respect, engagement and success.

The games will serve multiple purposes in allowing students to practice sportsmanship, respect for others and accountable talk, all the while practicing standards "the better way." Instead of always using pencil and paper, questions from traditional worksheets become the questions students must answer to take a turn in the game.

The books selected allow students to travel to new places, engage with important characters, learn to read for different purposes and ultimately build a love of reading. The picture books selected are great ways for me to model what good readers do when they read. They make effective mentor texts to guide writing lessons and support character education as students identify and learn from the traits and experiences of the characters. The chapter books series will be ones students can't put down.

When you donate to this project you are helping us find the better way to succeed.

Ms. Caldwell
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SUNEE Plastic Mesh Zip Document Holder, Letter Size Waterproof Document Pouch for School Office Supplies, Arts & Crafts Organizing Storage (6 Colors 18 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.25 2 $28.50
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count • Amazon Business $27.26 1 $27.26
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Chutes and Ladders Board Game for 2 to 4 Players Kids Ages 3 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Pidoko Kids Wooden Board Games - Stacking and Tumbling Colored Blocks - 48 Pieces Premium Quality Set Tower and Dice • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
My Mouth Is A Volcano • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $9.51 1 $9.51
Liberty Imports Magic Shot Mini Basketball Hoop Set with Ball and Pump (Single) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Roller Coaster • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Lemonade War (1) (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Because of Winn-Dixie • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
The Magic Trap (5) (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Lemonade Crime (The Lemonade War Series) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fireflies • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Who Was Babe Ruth? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Is Pele? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Third Grade Angels • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Dr. Seuss? • Amazon Business $5.92 1 $5.92
What Is the Statue of Liberty? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Who Was Jackie Robinson? • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, Book 6) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What Is the World Cup? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
What Was the Titanic? • Amazon Business $4.55 1 $4.55
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 (I Survived #4) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Was Walt Disney? • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47
Who Was Rosa Parks? • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47
Who Is Michael Jordan? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? • Amazon Business $3.15 1 $3.15

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