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Ms. Zipp from Glendale AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming Scientists With Expository Texts!

My students need these 43 science texts on insects, plants, life-cycles, and more, to help them engage with their curriculum and learn to love reading as much as they love science!

  • $542 goal

This project expired on April 23, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kids love science. They are fascinated by the world around them and have a desire to learn more. But, they do not have access to the texts that they need to help them to develop and pursue their natural curiosity. These books will truly empower and push my kids in their pursuit of knowledge.

My kids are absolutely brilliant.

They are so engaged with and curious about the natural world, which translates into a deep love of science. As a writing and science teacher, it is so heartwarming to see every hand in the air during our science lessons. Unfortunately though, when my kids are fascinated by a specific topic, they do not have the resources to continue their research on their own outside of class. We do not have a library in my school and I do not have the resources to provide my kids with all of the books that they could possibly devour, although I wish that I did. Additionally, my kids are growing up in a low income community where there is little access to educational resources. Although our school is a loving place where kids absolutely feel safe and part of a secure and caring community, this absence of a library leaves a deep gap in their educational trajectories.

My Project

As mentioned, my kids do not have a library nor do they have access to educational resources outside of the classroom. The combination of these two factors leads my kids to feel frustrated and, more saddening, could potentially lead them to lose interest in reading and their education altogether. As their teacher, I cannot let this happen. My job is to work relentlessly to make sure that they have access to the materials that they need to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. These books will ignite within my students a deep desire to continue learning and pursue a rigorous academic trajectory. There is no limit to what students can do when the have access to the resources that they need to truly take control over their own education and feel empowered to learn more. These books will show my kids the linkages between their education, their desire to learn and the power of reading and books- and that critical linkage will extend to all areas of their life.

Words cannot express what it would mean to both my students and me to have these books in our classroom.

My kids closely monitor our bookshelves to see when I have added new texts. I so often sit and imagine the expressions that they would have on their faces if they saw a whole new bookshelf full of expository texts. Having these resources in our classroom would truly invigorate my students and help to cultivate a lifelong passion for learning, reading and for the world around them.

Ms. Zipp
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 70 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Plant Secrets: Plant Life Processes • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Animals Shar Levine • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Classification of Animals • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Amphibian • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Prowling the Seas • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Has a Cow Saved Your Life?: The Scientific Method • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Animals on the Edge • AKJ Books $13.28 1 $13.28
Are We Running Out of Energy? • AKJ Books $29.52 1 $29.52
Earth''s Shifting Surface • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Earthquakes and Volcanoes a Survival Guide: Earth''s Physica • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Earth (Eyewitness Books Series) Susanna van Rose, DK Publish • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Eyewitness Water John Woodward • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Fossil Fuels • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Food Chains and Webs (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Animal Defenses • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
The Life of Plants • AKJ Books $25.65 1 $25.65
What Is a Life Cycle? Bobbie Kalman, Jacqueline Langille, Ja • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Endangered Komodo Dragons • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Endangered Bats • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Endangered Elephants • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
How Does an Earthquake Become a Tsunami? • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Mixtures and Solutions Molly Aloian • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Desert Is Theirs • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Deserts • AKJ Books $25.65 1 $25.65
A Walk in the Desert • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
Classifying Flowering Plants (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Nonflowering Plants (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Birds • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Invertebrates • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Insects (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Reptiles (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Classifying Mammals (2nd Edition) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
How a Plant Grows • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Poetry for Young People: Animal Poems John Hollander (Editor • AKJ Books $11.06 1 $11.06
Poems about Earth • AKJ Books $25.65 1 $25.65
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas Juan Felipe Herrer • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
All the Small Poems and Fourteen More • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Old Elm Speaks • AKJ Books $4.40 1 $4.40
I Wonder Why Snakes Shed Their Skin • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Alligator vs. Crocodile • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Scorpion vs. Tarantula • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Eyewitness Insect Laurence Mound • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57

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