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Ms. McDonald from Bear DE is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrating Our Students With Diverse Books

Help me give my students diverse literature and more fully represent the individuals in our classroom!

  • $534 goal

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My Students

Our first grade classroom is an inclusion classroom. This means it is co-taught by a general education and special education teacher. Our class includes students with various learning needs. Regardless of their abilities all of my students work together to learn and grow each day.

We are always challenging ourselves to learn more about our students and find ways to motivate them through their interests.

Our typical day involves students communicating with each other and collaborating on ideas. We engage in learning through playing games and using hands-on manipulatives. We want all students to feel safe and included. Finally, we want learning to be fun and meaningful!

Every day in our classroom is a new adventure! We love to have fun, dress up, and laugh together. We've transformed our classroom into a zoo, a bakery, and even an airplane! We are always looking for unique ways to teach content that keep students engaged and actively participating in their education. Our favorite thing is when a student tells us that they just played all day. They didn't even realize all the learning we were doing!

My Project

As we step into this new year, we would like to broaden the diversity of our library. The International Literacy Association challenges educators to provide a robust collection of literature, saying, "For students to recognize their own communities in the books they are taught or self-select is critical to the personal engagement that drives deeper literacy." Our first graders deserve the opportunity to see their communities represented throughout the year and engage in true text-to-self connections.

Our project widens our current book collection by including numerous diverse voices.

Though we have selected a variety of texts for this list, we specifically focused on adding those that are represented in our class but not our library: books with Indian characters and books where the characters have various disabilities. We want our library to be a mirror reflecting the unique nature of our students and a window into communities they may not know much about.

We cannot wait to share these books in both our classroom library and as a part of our literacy instruction.

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet (Discover the World) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
The Diwali Gift (Award winning picture book on Indian Culture, Celebrate Diwali Festival, Non-Religious, Great for Indian American, Biracial Families, multicultural children 0-8 years.) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Bilal Cooks Daal • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
47 Strings. Tessa’s Special Code • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Noah Chases the Wind • Amazon Business $15.06 1 $15.06
Always Anjali • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
Super Satya Saves the Day • Amazon Business $14.18 1 $14.18
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
Islandborn • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Leah's Voice • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Charlotte and the Quiet Place • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Love • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $13.18 1 $13.18
Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
I Will Be Fierce • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
Except When They Don't • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Andy and His Yellow Frisbee (Woodbine House Special-Needs Collection) • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
I Like Myself! • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Gope & Meera - A Migration Story • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Chachaji's Cup • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
What's Inside You Is Inside Me, Too: My Chromosomes Make Me Unique • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Princess Hair • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
A Friend for Henry • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Finders Keepers?: A Bus Trip in India (Children's Multicultural & Character Education Book Series) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
King for a Day • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76

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