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Mrs. Alkema from Wyoming MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring History to LIFE!

My students need 20+ books to explore historical fiction. These books will be used for Interactive Read Alouds during our reading and writing workshop.

  • $322 goal

This project expired on March 9, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Bring history to life in our classroom! Students often view history as boring or detached from the current events and struggles of the present. These books will bring wonder, excitement, and curiosity into learning about history, the lessons it teaches, and how the past has shaped the present.

We are the smallest school district in our ISD (only 2.5 square miles).

We have a very diverse population with a majority of our students being Hispanic. Many of our students are also English Language Learners. We have a 95% free and reduced lunch population. With all of these factors, we also have a very passionate district. We are full of history, and believe in the students and the population that we teach. Our teachers are dedicated and always willing to try new ways of teaching to meet the needs of our students.

My Project

These books have been selected to be used as Interactive Read Alouds for a Historical Fiction Unit for English Language Arts. The main goal for this unit is to introduce students to numerous text elements and topics within historical fiction texts and to have students write their own historical fiction piece. The Interactive Read Alouds cover historical periods ranging from the War of 1812, through the Civil Rights movement, and up to the Vietnam Memorial. The books also range in setting from the original 13 colonies, westward expansion, Holland, Korea, and China. The books will be used to aid instruction of reading and writing strategies such as text features, setting, language and time, validity of facts, problem and solution, developing characters, point of view, understanding audience, visualizing, and building tension. Students will have regular access to these books during the unit as well as after in our classroom library.

Students often tend to be egocentric in their thinking.

They do not get the opportunity to think outside of the walls of their classroom or the proximity of their neighborhoods. Students will get a glimpse of the past and reflect on how it directly impacts their lives today. The universal themes covered by these texts will show students the importance of standing up for what is right and fighting for what you believe in. Students will carry those ideas with them forever.

Mrs. Alkema
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rebekkah's Journey: A World War II Refugee Story (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon $15.81 1 $15.81
Terrible Storm • Amazon $15.29 1 $15.29
Sisters of Scituate Light • Amazon $15.29 1 $15.29
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree • Amazon $14.56 1 $14.56
Kisses on the Wind • Amazon $14.39 1 $14.39
Squirrel and John Muir • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
Boxes for Katje • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
The Listeners (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon $13.32 1 $13.32
The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon $13.32 1 $13.32
The Yankee at the Seder • Amazon $13.23 1 $13.23
The Scarlet Stockings Spy (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon $12.87 1 $12.87
These Hands (Golden Kite Honors (Awards)) • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
Heroes of the Surf • Amazon $12.67 1 $12.67
Ruby's Wish • Amazon $12.12 1 $12.12
The Royal Bee • Amazon $8.91 1 $8.91
Fishing Day • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
A Sweet Smell of Roses • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Cheyenne Again • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
The Wall (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
The Firekeeper's Son • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Library Card Pockets, 50-Count • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49

Materials cost

$239.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$273.37

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.24

Total project goal

$321.61

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$321.61

4 Donors

-$211.61

Donations toward project cost

-$179.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.74

match offer

-$110.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$93.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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