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Ms. Nick from Naples FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stairway to Heaven: Books to Reach our Grade Level

My students need books of various beginner reading levels to catch them up to grade level standards.

  • $533 goal

This project expired on May 14, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are hit every day with the expectation of passing a high stakes test in the near future. They are focused and willing to work toward their goal, but lack foundational reading skills necessary to build upon. We can't comprehend passage reading when we don't have the books to get there!

My students arguably have the most unreached potential of all students; they are English language learners who have little background knowledge of American culture - many of the comprehension materials we have in class are completely out of their experiences.

These students do not take karate, attend birthday parties or have positive experiences with puppies; but you wouldn't believe how eager they are to learn! My students spend their days differently than most American students - many are responsible for other siblings, making their own meals, setting a bedtime and even teaching their parents English. They have a vibrant curiosity about the world around them and are eager to display how responsible they are and how quickly their brains are growing.

My Project

Most children are exposed to over 100 books before they are asked to learn to read. Not the case with my students. We are still discovering books tell stories, have words that correlate with the pictures, and start from left to right. Most recently, we've discussed how books can be based on real things that can happen to YOU, or how they can be great stories that are completely made up! The average student in my class is two years behind grade level; meaning they're expected to read a chapter book when their brains are only ready to listen to a story or read a few words on a page. In order to make the climb to chapter books, we need books in between read-aloud and grade-level chapter books. We need early reader books with characters who are playful and can expose them to more facets of culture - such as going to the doctor or attending a birthday party. Series such as Amelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad or Fancy Nancy are not in our classroom and are the perfect bridge to reach grade level!

This project is a continual gift.

For many of them, it's the first brand new item picked out especially with him or her in mind; and a gift they can give to someone younger next year. Stories are also terrific escapes for imaginations to work; with our rigorous curriculum to catch them up, there is little room for creative growth. Owning their own books will encourage them to read, take ownership of their materials and grow to reach their grade level expectations.

Ms. Nick
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Carolyn Bracken (Illustrator), Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser, Ted Enik (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Dr. Seuss • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss, Dr Seuss • AKJ BOOKS $0.00 1 $0.00
Morris Goes to School: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) B. Wiseman, B. Wiseman (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Danny and the Dinosaur: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Go, Dog. Go! P. D. Eastman • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Horse in Harry's Room (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Olivia and Her Ducklings (Ready-to-Read Series Level 1) Adapted by Veera Hiranandani, Shane L. Johnson (Illustrator), Ian Falconer • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Amelia Bedelia (An I Can Read Picture Book) Peggy Parrish, Fritz Siebel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
Frog and Toad are Friends (I Can Read Picture Book Series) Arnold Lobel • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
No More Monsters for Me!: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Peggy Parish, Marc Simont (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Mouse Soup (An I Can Read Picture Book Series) Arnold Lobel • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Nurit Karlin • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Books Series: A Level 2 Book) Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Detective Dinosaur (An I Can Read Picture Book) James Skofield, R.W. Alley, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.11 1 $5.11
Little Bear (I Can Read Book Series: A Level 1 Book) Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.37 1 $3.37
More Spaghetti, I Say! (Hello Reader! Level 2 Series) Rita Golden Gelman, Mort Gerberg (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Curious George Pinata Party (Curious George Early Reader Series) H. A. Rey • AKJ BOOKS $1.69 1 $1.69
Bathtime for Biscuit (My First I Can Read Book Series) Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Little Bear Boxed Set (I Can Read Book Series) Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.17 1 $8.17
Arthur's Funny Money: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Lillian Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert (I Can Read Series Level 1) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Nurit Karlin, Nurit Karlin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Who Will Be My Friends? (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
How Many Fish? (My First I Can Read Book Series) Caron Lee Cohen, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Little Bear's Visit (I Can Read Book Series) Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.37 1 $3.37
Case of the Scaredy Cats: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Crosby Bonsall, Crosby Bonsall (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy at the Museum (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Go Away, Dog (My First I Can Read Book Series) Joan L. Nodset, Paul Meisel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Little Bear's Friend (I Can Read Book Series: A Level 1 Book) Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.37 1 $3.37
Oh, Cats! (My First I Can Read Book Series) Nola Buck, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Grizzwold: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris (I Can Read Book 1 Series) Jane O'Connor, Ted Enik (Illustrator), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Eleanor Coerr, Don Bolognese (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Even Steven and Odd Todd Kathryn Cristaldi, Henry B. Morehouse (Illustrator), With Marilyn Burns • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Brand New Readers Blue Set Various • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Chester: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Oliver (I Can Read Book Series) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Day I Had to Play with My Sister (My First I Can Read Series) Crosby Bonsall, Crosby Bonsall (Illustrator), Crosby N. Bonsall (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Eloise and the Very Secret Room (Ready-to-Read Series Level 1) Ellen Weiss, Tammie Speer Lyon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Long Way to a New Land: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Joan Sandin, Joan Sandin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Morris and Boris at the Circus: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) B. Wiseman, Bernard Wiseman, B. Wiseman (Illustrator), Bernard Wiseman (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Sid and Sam (My First I Can Read Book Series) Nola Buck, G. Brian Karas, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Sammy the Seal: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.37 1 $9.37
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright and Early Board Books Series) Dr. Seuss, Dixon • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Pat the Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Harold and Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition Crockett Johnson, Crockett Johnson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Corduroy Don Freeman, Don Freeman (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Illustrator), Richard Howard (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.84 1 $6.84
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin Jr., Lois Ehlert (Illustrator), John Archambault • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator), Helena Estes (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $5.98 1 $5.98
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Charlotte's Web E. B. White, Garth Williams, Edith Goodkind Rosenwald, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Mouse Tales: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Frog and Toad All Year: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket Series) George Selden, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Matilda Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey, Robert McCloskey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.54 1 $10.54
Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1-28 Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $76.40 1 $76.40

Materials cost

$411.69

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.18

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$452.87

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$79.92

Total project goal

$532.79

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$532.79

2 Donors

-$95.00

Donations toward project cost

-$80.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.25

match offer

-$437.79

Match offer toward project cost

-$372.12

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$65.67

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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