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Mrs. Lu from Fridley MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tower of Books Challenge Support: Middle School

My students need books of varying genres and text lengths to increase engagement and motivation to read!

  • $597 goal

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My Students

In middle school, students begin thinking about college. Academics at an International Baccalaureate school must be kept rigorous for all students. Even though classroom teachers differentiate instruction, it is difficult for striving students to keep up with the grade-level expectations of academic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

At my school, students are 70% eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches; in addition, 10% of students are English language learners, striving to overcome academic and social barriers to achieve academic success.

Regardless, students are determined to overcome these barriers and 90% of students are motivated to attend college.

Specifically, in my classroom, students struggle in demonstrating reading proficiency at grade-level. Students participate in assessments throughout the school year to identify who needs small-group support in acquiring reading strategies and leveled books. As much as possible, students engage in current events and diversity and social justice readings to complement the curriculum.

Research says that when students engage in metacognition (thinking about their thinking processes) they will better comprehend the material. I provide this support in the classroom for students to become excited about reading. I also provide support to build their skills to be successful in reading for life.

My Project

This project contains books of varying genres, styles, authors, text lengths, and award winners to encourage and motivate students to read throughout the year. The classroom I teach in has some classic novels ideal for the middle school reading classroom, yet students gravitated towards shorter texts, like graphic novels, that give them a sense of accomplishment for finishing a book!

The books and resources in this project are for supporting a Tower of Books Challenge: students will be challenged to read 40 books throughout the year exploring a variety of genres and authors.

The graphic novels support students knowledge of the classics written in a comprehensible manner. The picture books are part of a curriculum focused on grit, perseverance, and integrity. Additionally, students will be challenged to read novels that have won the Newbery Award and Caldecott Awards. Other texts and the classroom rug are included from specific student requests to have a more comfortable reading experience.

Participation rewards include bookmarks and certificates. This year, I plan to start the challenge in September. This early start date will allow students will have more time to read the 40 books during the school year!

Mrs. Lu
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ottomanson Rainbow Collection Non-Slip Kids Rug Modern Rectangle Pattern Design Area Rug, 5'0" X 6'6", Multicolor • Amazon Business $53.12 1 $53.12
Middle School Box Set • Amazon Business $31.42 1 $31.42
Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color) • Amazon Business $24.12 1 $24.12
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
Okay for Now • Amazon Business $6.39 3 $19.17
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 3 $16.77
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Creanoso Inspirational Quotes Bookmarks Cards (60-Pack) - Wisdom Sayings - Encouragement Stocking Stuffers Gifts for Men Women Adults Teens Kids Entrepreneur Seminar Bookmarker Pack • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Z-Liant Bookmarks : Set of 60 Chinese Flower and Scenes Brush Painting, each bookmark picture are different, Great Gift for Kids, Student, Book Club etc. • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Kite Rider • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Seventh Level • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Swiss Family Robinson (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Gulliver's Travels (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Robinson Crusoe (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Wind in the Willows (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Joshua's Song • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Samurai's Tale • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Black Beauty (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76
All Alone in the Universe • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The War of the Worlds (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56

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