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Mrs. Fenstermacher from San Ramon CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Who Said Nonfiction was Boring? Naaa

Help me give my students 20 nonfiction books that they can dive into with a buddy! They will soak up these high interest, recommended titles!

  • $593 goal

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My Students

What makes my students special? My students are hard-working, driven, eager to learn, READERS! They love to read! We make time for silent reading everyday. We engage in book talks and book clubs and we trade books with each other. We read books aloud and in pairs, sprawled around the room in our favorite reading spots.

My students inspire me!

My students are often the ones finishing books before I do! Just as my students inspire me, they inspire each other and push each other to go deeper into their literature. They eagerly offer predictions, make inferences, and explore 'what if' scenarios.

We are presently in the middle of a 30-book Challenge, trying to read 30 books, of different genres, by the end of the year. These kids are up for the challenge!

My Project

I have selected 20 high interest, informational books, designed specifically for middle school kids, to fill our classroom library. I requested two of every book so that students can read the nonfiction text with a buddy. Paired reading is a research-based fluency strategy used to increase fluency and comprehension.

With your funding, every student could have an engaging nonfiction book in their hands, that they WANT to read!

Not only would students be one step closer to completing their 30 book challenge, they would have mentor texts to use during our informational writing unit. We would be able to examine the structure and writing style of these published books which students could reproduce in their own writing.

With topics such as brain surgery, witches, sniffer dogs, car science, and astroids hitting the earth, middle school students will be more than tempted to pick up one of these new books. This book selection was recommended by Goodreads, specifically for 5th-8th grades (which means there are pictures, graphics, 80-100 pages and not overly technical). These books will be highly motivating to read!

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This project will reach 360 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Why is Art Full of Naked People: And other vital questions about art • Amazon Business $19.02 2 $38.04
Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $17.24 2 $34.48
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $16.69 2 $33.38
Car Science: An Under-the-Hood, Behind-the-Dash Look at How Cars Work • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem • Amazon Business $15.39 2 $30.78
Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $14.39 2 $28.78
Awesome Achievers in Technology: Super and Strange Facts about 12 Almost Famous History Makers • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Itch!: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science • Amazon Business $8.79 2 $17.58
Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $8.79 2 $17.58
Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World • Amazon Business $8.69 2 $17.38
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World • Amazon Business $7.59 2 $15.18
Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $6.67 2 $13.34
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $5.49 2 $10.98
Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $5.38 2 $10.76
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98

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