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Mrs. Giraldo from Flushing NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bridge the Gap! Culturally Diverse Library

Help me give my students a culturally diverse library to continue to nurture their love for reading. Students will be able to improve their literacy skills by identifying themselves in the books they read.

  • $1,265 goal

This project expired on March 9, 2020.

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My Students

My fifth grade students are dynamic, creative, confident, and hardworking. My school is a K-8 Title I school; a high percentage of our students come from low income families. Despite the challenges my students may face, they are driven to succeed. My fifth graders are diverse with a high percentage of English language learners and students with disabilities. This diversity is our strength and brings us together as we realize we are more alike than different.

My Project

My current classroom library is very limited. I have been at my school for 11 years and it has never been updated. Each year I try my best to buy engaging literature for my kids but it is not enough for all of my diverse 63 students. The kids love the books that I purchase for them, but when they are done reading those books, all that’s left is our very limited selection. When it is time to read independently, I see how disengaged they are at times. They are not able to identify with the books in my library. Therefore, I would love to offer my students literature in which they can see themselves; their knowledge, experiences, and identity. This library will help me give my kids quality instruction and the necessary tools to bridge the literacy gap. As a class we will come together and realize that our differences are strengths. My students will be able to relate lesson content to their own backgrounds.

Mrs. Giraldo
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 63 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 5 Best Sellers (20 books) • AKJ Education $119.63 1 $119.63
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 6 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $116.02 1 $116.02
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 4 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $91.93 1 $91.93
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 3 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $82.61 1 $82.61
Mapping the Bones • AKJ Education $13.13 5 $65.65
Space Dumplins • AKJ Education $10.94 5 $54.70
Sunny Side Up • AKJ Education $9.48 5 $47.40
Invisible Emmie • AKJ Education $9.48 5 $47.40
All's Faire in Middle School • AKJ Education $9.48 5 $47.40
Dog Man: The Epic Collection: From the Creator of Captain Un • AKJ Education $21.88 2 $43.76
Ghosts • AKJ Education $8.02 5 $40.10
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 5 $40.10
Famous Immigrants • AKJ Education $7.29 5 $36.45
The Boy on the Wooden Box How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List • AKJ Education $7.29 5 $36.45
Seekers: Kallik's Adventure • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
Comics Squad • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
Letters from Rifka • AKJ Education $5.10 5 $25.50
I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Landed • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
I Am a Star • AKJ Education $5.10 3 $15.30
Sea Change • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $11.17 1 $11.17

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