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Mr. Johnson from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Beyond the Textbook!

My students need 32 science books the go beyond the text and that will help them explore science concepts in more depth.

  • $555 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Surely, you remember your high school biology class and the textbook that presented concept in a rather uneventful and uninspiring manner. Well, I've got news for has gotten worse! Please help me change my student perception of what science literature can be with new science books.

My biology students are high academic achievers who vary in age from 14 to 18.

They are mostly girls from ethnically diverse backgrounds (White, Jewish, Asian, Black, Latino). Our school is an urban public high school with one of the most rigorous secondary curriculum in the country and was a winner of the 2012 National Merit Award. The primary focus is on preparing these young people for undergraduate studies and future success.

My Project

They say that American high schools fall far behind the rest of the developed world and even behind emerging economies like China, India, and even Nigeria. Science education alone is even further behind. Well, you can make a difference by supporting science teachers who have the courage to explore science in a creative, innovation, and daring way. The most effective science instruction occurs when teachers have the support needed to develop the art-of-teaching. I have a vision for a new biology curriculum that basis teaching and learning on secondary scientific literature, using the textbook purely as a reference for what students are learning. Will you help me build a science literature library from which to build this new approach to teaching science? Will you get involved in the nurturing of America's next generation of innovative scientists?

This project is absolutely important because it has the potential to inspire young minds; to bring science to life and make it real for my students.

English teachers use primary and secondary literature to teach, why not science teachers. Why have science education been confined to outdated textbooks and cookie-cutter lab exercises. We can do better with your help.

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Mr. Johnson
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Outliers • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Darwin''s Black Box • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
The Omnivore''s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Cool Green Stuff • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA Mark • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Stiff • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Cool Green Stuff • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
National Geographic Rare: Portraits of America&apos • AKJ Books $17.52 1 $17.52
The Physics of Superheroes • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Evolution for Everyone • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
How Full Is Your Bucket? • AKJ Books $14.56 1 $14.56
Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, a • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
True Green • AKJ Books $14.56 1 $14.56
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes St • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
Insectopedia • AKJ Books $21.86 1 $21.86
Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease Jeanette Fa • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing • AKJ Books $18.98 1 $18.98
Deep Survival • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments • AKJ Books $12.56 1 $12.56
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds D • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Worms & Wormeries • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Earth Odyssey • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Lucy''s Legacy • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Napoleon''s Buttons • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Peterson First Guide to Rocks and Minerals • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07

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