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Ms. Mohr from Steelton PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of a Picture Book

Help me give my students high quality picture books to use as mentor texts to learn new writing skills.

  • $261 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In my fourth grade classroom my students are encouraged to expand their thinking, ask questions, and take ownership of their learning. I am constantly looking for new ideas and inspiration to engage my students. I strive to make my classroom a space where students feel safe and valued. My ultimate goal is for my students to leave my classroom at the end of the year with the skills and tools they need to be successful in their futures and hopefully to become lifelong learners.

My students are extremely diverse in both their cultures and their academic abilities, but what they all have in common is a genuine curiosity about the world.

My students want to learn! I work at a Title I school that is part of a very small, urban school district where every student receives a free breakfast and lunch. The resources available to both students as well as teachers are often limited by a lack of funding. Despite economic constraints, our students are full of pride for their school and community. They deserve the best education possible which I do my very best to provide for them every day.

My Project

This year my students are learning reading and writing skills through the use of mentor texts and mentor sentences. Each week we read a new story and use a sentence from that story as our mentor sentence for the week. We spend the week working with the sentence to learn about writing skills in context. This way, my students are learning about parts of speech, sentence structure, figurative language, and so much more in a meaningful way.

By using high-quality picture books, my students are able to expand their knowledge of reading, writing, and the world around them without even realizing it.

The books that I chose were recommended by experts in the field of mentor sentences. The texts are diverse and appeal to a variety of learners. Since I have started using mentor sentences I have seen tremendous growth in my students' writing. My students look forward to reading a new story at the start of each week and getting a new mentor sentence to work with. By expanding our library of picture books we will continue to grow as readers and writers all year long!

Ms. Mohr
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Up North at the Cabin • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Jumanji 30th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters An African Tale • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Amazing Grace 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Rosie Revere, Engineer • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Hey, Little Ant • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Royal Bee • AKJ Education $9.86 1 $9.86
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cindy Ellen A Wild Western Cinderella • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gleam and Glow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bigmamas • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
When I Was Young in the Mountains • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Night of the Veggie Monster • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wilma Unlimited How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cherries and Cherry Pits • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Train To Somewhere • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fiona's Luck • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
My Mama Had A Dancing Heart • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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