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Mrs. Simmons from Rio Rico AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

That's a Fact! : Reading to Understand Biography

My students need 15 new biography titles, 5 copies of each title, to be read and dicussed in small reading groups to encourage mastery of facts, main ideas and details.

  • $479 goal

This project expired on August 9, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Remember how sharing a book with a friend helped you to remember and appreciate the contents? Our student reading groups also need to experience the enjoyment of sharing a book while at the same time being challenged to get the facts and to understand biographical nonfiction.

Our school is located in Southern Arizona.

Students' reading levels vary greatly. Like so many students across the nation, my wonderful 26 students are in need of multi-copies of new reading materials to share with each other while learning the facts and distinguishing between main idea and details.

My Project

These new and interesting resources will enhance the students' awareness of the famous people in their country. They will enjoy reading together in groups of 5, discussing main ideas and details, planning and presenting their findings to the class. They will become engaged readers and better prepared to meet the National Core Reading Standards in nonfiction.

All hard work and mastery become easier when shared with others.

With multi-copies of 5 books for each title, our reading groups will gain confidence by reading together for facts, main ideas and details. The students will add their own voice to their reading experience, learn to work cooperatively, and share their opinions about the biographies read.

Mrs. Simmons
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Rode the Orphan Trains • AKJ Books $7.26 5 $36.30
Latino Legends: Hispanics in Major League Baseball Michael S • AKJ Books $6.57 5 $32.85
Heroes Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $6.53 5 $32.65
Houdini Box • AKJ Books $5.83 5 $29.15
Will Smith • AKJ Books $5.83 5 $29.15
Girls Think Of Everything • AKJ Books $5.83 5 $29.15
Selena Gomez • AKJ Books $5.80 5 $29.00
If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King • AKJ Books $5.10 5 $25.50
Diego Rivera Mike Venezia, Mike Venezia (Illustrator), Meg M • AKJ Books $5.07 5 $25.35
Cesar Chavez • AKJ Books $5.07 5 $25.35
The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark • AKJ Books $3.64 5 $18.20
First Flight • AKJ Books $2.91 5 $14.55
First Kids • AKJ Books $2.91 5 $14.55
The Story of Anne Frank, Biography • AKJ Books $2.91 5 $14.55
Flying Ace: The Story of Amelia Earhart • AKJ Books $2.91 5 $14.55

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