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Mr. Dukeman from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

CAUTION: Science and Boredom Should Never Be Mixed!

The cost of this proposal for funding to purchase 29 of the latest and best resource books for kids selected from the National Science Teachers Association’s picks for the best science books for kids published in 2004, covering everything from new discoveries about dinosaurs ("Feathered Dinosaurs of China") to the possibilities of life on other planets ("Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space"), and including great books like "American Women Inventors" that fill a need for science books about women and other underrepresented groups and their important contributions to science is $647, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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If there is one conviction that needs to be firmly established in middle-school science classrooms, it is that science and boredom should never be mixed. Yet sadly, a common complaint among students and teachers alike, is that science is boring. I believe this is because of the textbooks used. These books are often too difficult for students to read. They fail to keep abreast of new discoveries, and often are so poorly written that they inspire only boredom and a resulting disinterest in science. I am a sixth-grade science teacher who wants to help students develop their natural curiosity in all things science. I teach about 150 students, covering all aspects of science but focusing mainly on life science issues. I want to make sure that science and boredom never mix again in my school. An important part of making science fun is to have inspiring, relevant, beautiful and well-written books to show students a glimpse of the wonders of science. I am writing this proposal to ask for funding to purchase 29 of the latest and best resource books for kids who desperately want to find science interesting and compelling. I teach sixth-grade science and technology to 150 students at C.I.S. 303, the Leadership and Community Service Academy. We are a public middle school with about 350 students total. Located in the South Bronx of New York City, almost every one of our students receives free school lunch. My school serves what is considered to be an under-resourced population, composed mostly of African-American and Latina/o children. Sadly, I have only a few non-fiction science books in my classroom. For this proposal, in order to select the best science books for my students, I researched and consulted the National Science Teachers Association's picks for the best science books for kids published in 2004. These books are all of great interest to middle-school students, covering everything from new discoveries about dinosaurs ("Feathered Dinosaurs of China") to the possibilities of life on other planets ("Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space"). Many of them, including great books like "American Women Inventors", fill a need for science books about women and other underrepresented groups and their important contributions to science. We are losing some of the best potential future scientists in the world to boredom!Please help make my classroom a place that inspires curiosity. Mixing great new science books with some very deserving students could very possibly help create the great scientists of tomorrow! Thank you.

Mr. Dukeman
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lizards Daniel A. Greenberg • Barnes and Noble $28.22 1 $28.22
Decoding Life: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Genome Ron Fridell • Barnes and Noble $25.13 1 $25.13
American Women Inventors Carole Ann Ann Camp • Barnes and Noble $23.94 1 $23.94
Linus Pauling: Advancing Science, Advocating Peace Naomi E. Pasachoff • Barnes and Noble $23.94 1 $23.94
Tigers Lynn M. Stone • Barnes and Noble $22.73 1 $22.73
Temperate Forest: A Web of Life Philip Johansson • Barnes and Noble $21.53 1 $21.53
The Human Story: Our Evolution From Prehistoric Ancestors to Today Christopher Sloan,Kennis and Kennis (Illustrator),Kenneth Garrett (Photographer),With Louise Leaky,Foreword by Meave Leaky • Barnes and Noble $19.75 1 $19.75
Are We Alone?: Scientists Search for Life in Space Gloria Skurzynski • Barnes and Noble $17.05 1 $17.05
The Tarantula Scientist Sy Montgomery • Barnes and Noble $16.20 1 $16.20
Scholastic Atlas of Weather Manufactured by Scholastic Staff • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Outside and Inside Killer Bees Sandra Markle • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Forest Explorer: A Life-Sized Field Guide Nic Bishop • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Forces of Nature: The Awesome Power of Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornados Catherine O'Neill Grace • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America's First Naturalist Deborah Kogan Ray,Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in the Asian Tropics Sy Montgomery • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
Spiders and Their Webs Darlyne A. Murawski • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Nature in the Neighborhood Gordon Morrison • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage Sophie Webb • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Skies in the Dinosaur Age Caroline Arnold,Laurie A. Caple (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Following the Coast Jim Arnosky • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird Phillip Hoose • Barnes and Noble $14.00 1 $14.00
Burn Journals Brent Runyon • Barnes and Noble $12.56 1 $12.56
Rocket Man: The Mercury Adventure of John Glenn Ruth Ashby,Robert Hunt (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Maria Mitchell: The Soul of an Astronomer Beatrice Gormley • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
Endangered Planet David Burnie,Foreword by Tony Juniper • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Movers and Shapers Patricia Macnair,Richard Walker • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Fantastic Feats and Failures Yes Mag (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Feathered Dinosaurs of China Gregory Wenzel • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Marie Curie (Snapshots Series): A Brilliant Life Elizabeth MacLeod • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25

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