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Ms. Phelps from Chicago IL is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Thinking Inside and Outside the Box!

Help me give my students the tools they need to find fulfillment in reading and learning through books and organization tubs and tools!

  • $596 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school has a diverse student population of Hispanic (65%) and African American students. Our Pre-K through eighth-grade school is in a predominantly low-income neighborhood, where at least 95% of our student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch. It is a beautiful neighborhood that is plagued with challenges of poverty and gang activity.

Many of my students find our classroom to be a space to have routine, order, and love.

They enjoy helping in the classroom, taking with friends, and being silly. They love hearing stories and are eager to learn. A handful of my upcoming students struggle with emotional challenges and their peers support them and work as a true team. Each student is unique and special, and they are a loving group of kids with a great sense of humor and determination.

My Project

My students love to read and in first grade it is important that students have access to quality books of interest, but also are able to practice with books that they can read at their reading level. Therefore, I want to give each student their very own reading box that they can use during their independent and partner reading times. The will be able to pick out a mix of books that include some books of high interest, but also books that are their "right fit" books. It's a win-win scenario!

Being able to give students the opportunity to pick a variety of books is important so that they have a sense of ownership over their learning.

In addition to the book boxes we need books for the students to select to put in those boxes. We need both basic beginning reading books, and books of interest for the kids.

Finally, to help with a little bit further organization for a sense of ownership in the classroom, we need magnetic hooks so that students can reach a variety of tools. In addition to those, we also need magnetic boxes for writing tools that students use daily. All of these tools will help students become further invested and engaged in their own learning.

Ms. Phelps
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TT769X - Neon Connect & Store Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 5 $174.95
BX700X - Heavy-Duty Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
AA758X - Connect & Store Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
What Makes a Shadow? • AKJ Education $15.20 2 $30.40
PP281 - Magnetic Storage Boxes - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Gr • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
VR455 - Magnetic Hooks - Set of 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Sleep is for Everyone • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
It's a Good Thing There Are Bees • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
The Seasons • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
What Do Living Things Need? • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Shadows • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Stop and Go, Fast and Slow • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Sun Up, Sun Down • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wind • AKJ Education $2.91 2 $5.82
What Are Sound Waves? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Pumpkins • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Light Helps Me See • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Eats What? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Little Cloud • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sounds All Around • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sending Messages With Light and Sound • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Moon Seems to Change • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Day and Night • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Left Hand, Right Hand • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Good for Me • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Tree For All Seasons • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
All About Sound • AKJ Education $3.61 1 $3.61
The Very First Americans • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49

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