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Mr. Moore from Sparks NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Can You Chautauqua: 50 Biographies for 5th Grade

Help me give my students an in-class library of 50 biographies of famous people from American history such as "Who Was Frederick Douglass" and "Who Was Amelia Earhart."

  • $415 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I love my students. Even the ones that drive me insane. We have our good days and our difficult days. Even on the hard days they manage, somehow, to smile and carry on. As with any teacher you meet, all I want for my students is for them to be happy and successful. Unfortunately, our community is at or below the poverty line, so my students don't always get the opportunities that other students get. I'd like to get help evening the playing field.

My students are loud and vivacious.

Some are incredible learners. In fact many of the most raucous students are my best learners. Their self-motivation moves them to work ahead and learn things that are above and beyond.

But they are not all successful. Many of my students struggle, especially with reading. To meet our students where they are, we try different activities and projects to make reading more accessible and more exciting. My goal in participating in a Donors Choose fundraiser is simply to give them the opportunity to succeed.

My Project

Every year during the fourth quarter of 5th grade we do a Social Studies Chautauqua project. The students spend weeks researching a famous person from American history. They then create a presentation and even dress up as their famous person.

Once their historical biography project is completed, students set up outside the classroom (Imagine 100 5th graders spreading out throughout the school) in costume and in character, and we invite other classrooms and members of our local community to come see their presentations.

The 5th graders make these presentations in costume and in the first person, speaking as if they are their historical figure. They may give their presentation dozens of times over the course of the afternoon.

It is a carnival-like atmosphere with students from other grade levels and adults from the community milling about, and 5th graders calling out (in character) all vying for their attention so they will come hear their speech and presentation. It is amazing to watch and participate in.

Unfortunately, our students need more resources. An in-class library of biographies from American history would be a huge help during their weeks of research!

Mr. Moore
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Who Was Helen Keller? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Marie Curie? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Woodrow Wilson? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Andrew Jackson? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Ulysses S. Grant? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Robert E. Lee? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Daniel Boone? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Davy Crockett? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Sitting Bull? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Jacqueline Kennedy? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was John F. Kennedy? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Alfred Hitchcock? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Clara Barton? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Mark Twain? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Abigail Adams? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Theodore Roosevelt? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Babe Ruth? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Henry Ford? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Paul Revere? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Sacagawea? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Walt Disney? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Christopher Columbus? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Jesse Owens? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was George Washington Carver? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Sojourner Truth? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Rosa Parks? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Betsy Ross? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Ben Franklin? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was George Washington? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Charlie Chaplin? • Amazon Business $5.88 1 $5.88
Who Was Jackie Robinson? • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Who Was Frederick Douglass? • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Who Was Albert Einstein? • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Who Was Leif Erikson? • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

Materials cost

$294.39

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$23.11

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$351.92

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.10

Total project goal

$414.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$414.02

4 Donors

-$312.69

Donations toward project cost

-$266.92

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.77

Matching donations from our partners

-$100.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.33

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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