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Mrs. Smead, Teacher-Librarian from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Song and Signs for Our Lit Circle & Library

Help me give my students in my small group Lit Circle the book Song for A Whale by Lynne Kelly, and add copies of it, and two American Sign Language basics books to our School Library Collection.

  • $178 goal

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My Students

My evolving school library serves an eager to learn and inquisitive student population of almost 700 amazing students from PreK- 5th. We are a Title I school with a 100% free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch population. Our transiency rate is roughly 39.1% which is significantly higher than the district average. Our ELL population is almost 50%. We have primary & intermediate resource classes, & three self-contained special education programs-primary autism class, intermediate LIF, & intermediate STAR (Severe Emotional Challenges) classes. Embedded in all learning for our readers is that, above all else, our differences & diversity, who we are & how we learn, are to be celebrated & shared. Students are encouraged to follow their passions, to believe in themselves, to use their strengths, and to look out for each other.

The 4 Cs of Library - Community, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Create drive all of our Library Lessons- both print & digital.

The 4 Cs are intertwined skills that students need to be successful now & wherever life takes them.

WISER is the guiding acronym in our library instruction. It stands for wonder, investigate, synthesize, express, and reevaluate.

My Project

Song for a Whale is a gorgeous book by Lynne Kelly. It is one of those rare books that I now recommend EVERYONE read, regardless of age and interest, and is on the top of my Give As A Gift List.

Giving my small group Literature Group this book as our novel will truly be a gift as Iris is a vivacious, strong, smart main character that my students will quickly identify with, as well as with the book's overarching theme of belonging.

This project not only will give our Lit Circle group books, but also put Song for a Whale and two American Sign Language books into our School Library Collection. This will allow my students to pursue their interest in American Sign Language inspired by Song for a Whale, and perhaps inspire them to become fluent in this beautiful language in the future.

Mrs. Smead, Teacher-Librarian
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 650 students.

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Song for a Whale • Amazon Business $6.59 9 $59.31
Song for a Whale • Amazon Business $6.59 3 $19.77
Sign Language for Kids: A Fun & Easy Guide to American Sign Language • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language: 200+ Signs for You and Baby to Learn Together • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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