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Mrs. Webb from Coeur D Alene ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Change Our Thinking, Change Our World--Powerful Nonfiction Books That Change!

My students need an expanded nonfiction library to enhance their development in reading and writing!

  • $324 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Where do I start when introducing you to my third graders? This sweet group is ready! They are eager learners, they are careful problem-solvers and they are willing to dig deep. Each and every child in this class is very caring. They have bonded and created a classroom culture that is a family. Encouraging comments naturally escape their mouths throughout every part of our day.

These students come from a variety of backgrounds, but come together each day to explore, discover, ask, imagine, create, and, most of all...think!

My third graders come from a diverse array of settings. Some are fortunate enough to live right on our beautiful lake surrounded by views. Others live in a motel downtown and are technically classified as "homeless." Once they enter the doors of our school, those differences disappear. Poverty disappears when they cross the threshold. There are no unsafe situations. There are no negative thoughts or experiences. Once those precious gems walk through our doors, they are on an even playing field. Every student is expected to achieve, collaborate, inquire, discover, and create.

My Project

We need to expand our nonfiction section of our classroom library. My students participate in a daily Reader's Workshop as well as a daily Writer's Workshop. These workshop times provide an opportunity for third graders to grow as passionate and capable readers and writers, while allowing them personal choice and ownership of their learning.

I believe that educated people are the key to the change we need in this world, and that powerful nonfiction text can enlighten and empower young learners to be that change.

I have carefully selected high-interest, relevant nonfiction books in a variety of levels and topics. Many of the choices on this list were selected by students themselves, students who are eager to learn more about the world around them. When these students (who currently have limited exposure to the diversity of the world around them) are given the opportunity to dive into a wide variety of nonfiction, their thinking will be changed. My hope is that they will do something positive and productive with those changes.

Students will also be using these nonfiction books as powerful mentor texts, allowing published authors to "enter our classroom" and "teach" through their professional writing. Students are then immersed in good writing because they have read it, and can emulate it in their own writing.

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

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World • Amazon Business $13.58 1 $13.58
You Should Meet Collector's Set: Women Who Launched the Computer Age; Mae Jemison; Misty Copeland; Jesse Owens; Duke Kahanamoku; Katherine Johnson • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Demons of the Deep (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Gabby Douglas: Golden Smile, Golden Triumph: GymnStars Volume 4 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be • Amazon Business $9.91 1 $9.91
Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America's Presidents (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
Simone Biles: Superstar of Gymnastics: GymnStars Volume 6 • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $9.12 1 $9.12
What If You Had An Animal Nose? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Places Around the World (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had Animal Feet? • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Prehistoric Mammals • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
What If You Had Animal Teeth? • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61
What If You Had Animal Hair? • Amazon Business $3.39 1 $3.39
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
What If You Had Animal Ears? • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
National Geographic Readers: Rocks and Minerals • Amazon Business $2.81 1 $2.81
Wicked Bugs (Young Readers Edition): The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth • Amazon Business $1.71 1 $1.71

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