Tried It Tuesday- Donors Choose - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Tried It Tuesday- Donors Choose

Linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday!
I finally jumped in and created a Donors Choose project! It has to be approved, so there is nothing to share just yet, but I'll be back as soon as it is so you can check out the project! It was super easy to set up. I really hope that this project will be funded!! :) I'm requesting class sets of three extended texts to use with my kiddos: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Sign of the Beaver, and Who Is Neil Armstrong?

This Donors Choose project was created because of something I tried this year... I used the extended texts listed above as read-aloud studies this year, but with the rigor of the Common Core, students really need the books IN THEIR HANDS so they can refer to the text and provide evidence from the text.

Speaking of texts and standards...I found this chart on (which is who will be creating our STATE TEST aligned to Common Core)- I thought it was a really great overview of what the year should "look like:"
This is the 4th grade one of course. Check out the other grade levels by going to PARCC's website!

Hope to see you all tomorrow for Workshop Wednesday! We'll be sharing how we teach persuasive/opinion/argument writing!


  1. That chart is great-going to the site to print now, so I can plan with you this summer! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. This chart is great. Thank you for sharing it. I love all three of the books you chose, and so do my kids! I hope it all works out for you! I've never tried donors choice-although I don't think I can because I teach at a private school.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  3. I love donorschoose! I've gotten so many awesome things for my classroom through them that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise. My favorites would be my giant rolling flat bookshelves and my document camera. I use my document camera every single day now for one thing or another, but I definitely didn't have the $500 to buy myself one.

    Good luck with your project! Maybe you'll get lucky and a company will come along and fund half of it! Kia covered half of my last one!

  4. I always think it is amazing that people help out so many classrooms through Donor's Choose - very generous! I have a set of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe you can borrow : )

  5. Thanks for the chart! I love Donors Choose! I got four projects funded in the month of March alone, so it can be a very powerful (and addicting, lol) resource! Always love to help out other teachers so let me know when you get funded :o)

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  6. Wow....great website!!! I can't wait to visit it! :) Also...I can't wait to read more about your Donor's Choose project. I am interested in how it all works. I have always wanted to try it...but have never been brave enough!

    Mind Sparks

  7. I can't wait to hear how your Donor's Choose project goes. I would like to find out more about the program. Thanks for sharing that great visual about the PARCC assessments. I was just reading an article in Instructor magazine about them the other day. Sounds like we are in for quite the change!

    Eclectic Educating

  8. We have a great group od DonorsChoose Teachers on FB. I hope you will check us out!

  9. I totally agree that the students NEED copies of their own books. I wait to see if our BOCES carries multiple copies of a novel before deciding to use it. I wish you luck with your Donors Choose project! It is an amazing program!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. I actually just opened up a Donors Choose account this weekend and plan to set up a couple of projects. I need iPads. I don't know how to go from a class set to none!! (I know, poor me...) Fingers crossed!

    Literacy Spark


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