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Ms. Harris from Tulsa OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students a love for picture books that are the first steps in melodic songtale.

  • $497 goal

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My Students

My students are sweet little humanitarians walking around the school, waiting to be spoon-fed knowledge. They are high poverty level but don't know it. They do not complain and are excited about what the day will bring in the form of cognitive learning. They love a good lesson but I need to continually revamp their learning to make it new and fresh for them. They are a mix of Hispanic, African American, Indian, Asian, and Caucasian population. They are always ready to help out and have a smile on their faces. The students that need their emotional intelligence recognized respond with a stimulating lesson and a safe environment where they feel needed and can be challenged.

My Project

This is a special series of books called songtale books. These books contain folk songs that have been passed down from generation to generation. John Feierabend, music clinician and professional music educator, took these songs and collaborated with artists to create this extraordinary collection of picture books.

With these books I have the opportunity to teach my primary students classic folktales in the earthy genre of folk music.

I will be using this set of literature in conjunction with my music standards. These will reinforce and bring the study of the music alive, all while the students are enjoying the gift of authors and illustrators painting a picture for the students' imagination.

These books will bring together the notion that the marriage of music and books can come together to help tell a story. Teachers today have little time. They have to teach smart. When I teach cross-curriculum, the students retain the information that much longer. Research has shown that when you place curriculum in chant and rhyme the retention is heightened. We all need that in public schools!

Ms. Harris
Grades PreK-2
  • Mark Twain Elementary School
  • Tulsa, OK
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Other Day I Met a Bear (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
My Aunt Came Back (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
There Was a Man and He Was Mad (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Jennie Jenkins (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Risseldy, Rosseldy (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Momma, Buy Me a China Doll (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Frog and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Father Grumble (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Derby Ram (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Bear Went Over the Mountain • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
The Tailor and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
The Crabfish (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
There's a Hole in the Bucket! (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Puff, the Magic Dragon • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Kitty Alone (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Do Your Ears Hang Low? • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
Sing • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Barefoot Books Singalongs) • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night (Dell Picture Yearling) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Jingle Bells • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Dem Bones • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Over in the Meadow • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
America the Beautiful • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Today Is Monday • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Classic Books with Holes) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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