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Ms. M. from Washington DC is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

History Comes Alive

My students need 40 books on different levels to learn and study themes in 4th grade history including Native Americans, the 13 Colonies, and the American Revolution.

  • $570 goal

This project expired on September 19, 2008.

This project expired on September 19, 2008.

Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

At my public charter school in Washington, DC, my fourth graders arrive for school everyday at 7:30 am. They remain learning, exploring and experimenting for 9 hours- more than many adults. Learning at our school is about falling in love with books, exploring our leadership and character skills and experimenting in science and math classes. The students at my school dream of attending to competitive and excellent area high schools and colleges. We are a preparatory school and we believe in our students. Many of our students come from the high-need and low socio-economic community in which our school is located. School becomes a safe haven and a place to discover.

As one of the fourth grade language arts and social studies teachers, it is my job to ensure that my hard working and dedicated learners have the materials they need to achieve. When we study the Age of Exploration during our History Unit, our students select, research and become one of the Explorers. We hold an Explorer's Day where the students submit their proposal to the King & Queen to receive funding for their journey to the new world. This type of curiosity infused into our social studies lessons is what creates avid learners among our students. In order to continue to create and develop activities, lessons and units such as these, we need lots and lots of books. Our students need to be able to read about the people who lived during that time in history. They need to be able to dive into the culture and research. Unfortunately, we do not have unlimited budgets with which we can buy books at our school.

This is where you come in and help make this a reality. For history to come alive for our fourth graders in Washington, DC, we need your help. This proposal would purchase 40 books about the people, culture and times of the history units we will study. This includes biographies, historical fiction, poetry, non-fiction and other literature genres. With these resources, our students will have the advantage of reading about history so that it can come alive to them. These books have been hand selected since they will be perfect in enhancing the learning of our students.

Your donation will make it possible for my fourth graders to learn, research, and explore different time periods of history. Reading makes lives better and opens doors. With your generosity, our students will have the chance to become the future leaders of history.

Ms. M.
Grades 3-5

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Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (Dear America Series) Kristiana Gregory • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (Dear America Series) Lisa Rowe Fraustino • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76
You Wouldn?t Want to Sail on the Mayflower! A Trip That Took Entirely Too Long Peter Cook, Kevin Whelan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Pocahontas Ingri Parim D'Aulaire, Edgar Parim D'Aulaire, Ingri Parim D'Aulaire (Illustrator), Edgar Parim D'Aulaire (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
John Smith Escapes Again! Rosalyn Schanzer, Rosalyn Schanzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Declaration of Independence Sam Fink (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.79 1 $10.79
Liberty or Death: The American Revolution, 1763-1783 Betsy Maestro (Illustrator), Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World Laurie M. Carlson • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Declaration of Independence Elaine Landau • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning Rosalyn Schanzer, Rosalyn Schanzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself! Kris Bordessa • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History Jane Yolen, Heidi Elizabet Yolen-Stemple, Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, Roger Roth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving Eric Metaxas, Shannon Stirnweis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides Rosalyn Schanzer • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea, You'd Rather Not Drink Peter Cook, David Antram (Illustrator), Created by David Salariya • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy Kate Waters, Russ Kendall (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl Kate Waters, Russ Kendall (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
George Washington's World Genevieve Foster, Joanna Foster • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty: United States Marine Corps, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1968 Ellen Emerson White • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier, Normandy, France, 1944 (My Name is America Series) Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy: Trail of Tears, 1838 Joseph Bruchac • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution Kay Moore, Daniel O'Leary (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
If You Lived in the Days of the Knights Ann McGovern, Dan Andreasen, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
If You Lived in Colonial Times Ann McGovern, Brinton Turkle, Brinton Turkle (Illustrator), June Otani (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
George Washington (History Maker Bios Series) Candice F. Ransom, Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca, Natalie Pope Boyce, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Benjamin Franklin? Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days Barbara Brenner, Jennie Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919 (Dear America Series) Patricia C. McKissack, Pat McKissack • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Dreams in the Golden Country : The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (Dear America Series) Kathryn Lasky • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Elizabeth Rodgers, an English Girl in Minnesota (Dear America Series) Marion Dane Bauer • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938 (Dear America Series) Barry Denenberg • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan: The Perkins School for the Blind 1932 (Dear America Series) Barry Denenberg • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Standing in the Light (Dear America Series): The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 Mary Pope Osborne • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America Series) Joyce Hansen • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America Series) Kathryn Lasky, Kristiana Gregory • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory, 1849 (Dear America Series) Kristiana Gregory • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, HMS Titanic, 1912 (Dear America Series) Ellen Emerson White • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76

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