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Mr. Cline from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming Researchers and Learners

My students need 196 non-fiction texts dealing with many of the science and social studies subjects covered in the kindergarten and first grade curriculum.

  • $1,615 goal

This project expired on September 5, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are often motivated to be researchers, turning to our classroom library to find out more about the science or social studies unit we are studying. Students can often be seen making new discoveries in non-fiction books and running across the room to share it with a friend.

I teach kindergarten and first grade (I stay with my students for 2 years) at an urban elementary school.

90% of the students are low-income. 90% of the students are English language learners. They are eager learners, hungry to find out about the world around them.

My Project

My students love learning science. At our school, we use a fabulous science curriculum that focuses on hands-on experimentation: using tools, asking questions, discussing observations with peers, and summarizing what they have learned. When science is taught well, the students want to keep learning after the lesson is finished. One way my students do this is by reading and discussing books about the subject we have studied. Unfortunately, our curriculum comes with no literature. The same is true for our social studies curriculum. For each unit that I teach, I must go to several public libraries to find a selection of non-fiction texts for them to continue their research. Furthermore, these books serve as tools for me to present important information about the content our students must master at these grade levels. After four weeks, these books are returned to the library, never to be seen nor discussed again.

Having taught these units several times, I know which books have text at my students' reading level, with pictures that engage and excite.

I want these books to be available to my students all year. Their excitement at doing research shouldn't end when a due dates comes. Your help will ensure that my students can act on their motivation to learn more. They will learn, in their first years in school, how rewarding it is to do their own research and learn for their own reasons.

Mr. Cline
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Symbols of Freedom Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $100.67 3 $302.01
This Is What I Want To Be Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $75.93 3 $227.79
Patriotic Symbols Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $59.30 3 $177.90
Times Change • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $39.96 3 $119.88
Then and Now Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $37.74 3 $113.22
People in the Community Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $32.35 3 $97.05
Seasons Series • Heinemann Classroom Publishing $21.56 3 $64.68
Latitude and Longitude Rebecca Aberg, Jeanne Clidas • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05
Map Keys (Rookie Read-about Geography Series) Rebecca Aberg, Jeanne Clidas • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05
Map Scales Mary Dodson Wade, Jeanne Clidas • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05
Types of Maps Mary Dodson Wade, Jeanne Clidas • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05
We Need Directions! (Rookie Read-About Geography Series) Sarah De Capua • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05
Looking at Maps and Globes Carmen Bredeson, Nanci R. Vargus • Barnes and Noble $5.35 3 $16.05

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