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  • $986 goal

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Mrs. Lane
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Classroom Library of Non-Fiction for High Ability Learners

My students need over 65 new non-fiction books to build their content knowledge.

My Students

Children are naturally curious and are full of wonder about many things. Having a collection of non-fiction books in the classroom would help to stimulate this wonder, create more questions, and generate thinking. My students come from high poverty and their background content knowledge is limited.

I work with fourth, fifth and sixth grade high ability learners in an extended learning program in a Title I school in Utah.

The students are diverse in culture, suffer greatly from poverty, and have a high number of risk factors. Students have limited exposure to public libraries, museums, and other content knowledge building activities. I think because of the limitations, they crave learning more, and seek to soak up what is offered with excitement.

My Project

General education classroom instruction is heavily focused on mastering grade level skills in Language Arts and Math. My students have mastered the content and need more depth and complexity, but due to their socioeconomic status, the wealth of their background knowledge in various subject areas is limited. In my program, students will self-select high interest non-fiction books and expand their content knowledge. I have requested non-fiction books and biographies that will provide background knowledge to my students. I will provide activities that stretch my students' thinking and that will offer the depth and complexity they desperately need and crave.

When students have a strong foundation of knowledge about their world in a variety of fields such as science and history, their horizon expands and opens them up to even more learning and growth.

The more they read and soak up new material, it increases a deeper understanding of their world and of their place in it. Having access to good books will stimulate the desire to read more on their own and give them the tools they need to be successful in school and as citizens.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History • Amazon $21.73 2 $43.46
Mission: Planet Earth: Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them • Amazon $17.96 2 $35.92
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $16.20 2 $32.40
Starry Messenger: A Book Depicting the Life of a Famous Scientist, Mathematician, Astronomer, Philosopher, Physicist, Galileo Galilei • Amazon $15.71 2 $31.42
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball • Amazon $13.67 2 $27.34
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon $12.77 2 $25.54
A History of US: The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 A History of US Book One • Amazon $12.06 2 $24.12
Portraits of African-American Heroes • Amazon $11.69 2 $23.38
A History of US: The New Nation: 1789-1850 A History of US Book Four • Amazon $11.48 2 $22.96
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth • Amazon $11.10 2 $22.20
For the Love of Chimps: The Jane Goodall Story • Amazon $19.33 1 $19.33
For the Love of Chimps: The Jane Goodall Story • Amazon $19.33 1 $19.33
John Muir: America's First Environmentalist • Amazon $15.41 1 $15.41
John Muir: America's First Environmentalist • Amazon $15.41 1 $15.41
Bones (Reading Essentials in Science - Life Science) • Amazon $15.22 1 $15.22
If You Lived With the Sioux Indians • Amazon $14.99 1 $14.99
If You Lived With the Sioux Indians • Amazon $14.99 1 $14.99
Children of the Great Depression (Golden Kite Awards) • Amazon $14.49 1 $14.49
Leonardo Da Vinci • Amazon $14.42 1 $14.42
Michelangelo (High Interest Books) • Amazon $14.39 1 $14.39
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope • Amazon $14.37 1 $14.37
Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope • Amazon $14.37 1 $14.37
100 African-Americans Who Shaped American History (100 Series) • Amazon $7.15 2 $14.30
The Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $13.29 1 $13.29
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux) • Amazon $13.26 1 $13.26
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) (Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux) • Amazon $13.26 1 $13.26
To Space and Back • Amazon $12.81 1 $12.81
What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Paperstar) • Amazon $6.29 2 $12.58
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention • Amazon $6.25 2 $12.50
In Their Own Words • Amazon $5.39 2 $10.78
Children of the Great Depression • Amazon $9.39 1 $9.39
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
The Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Physics: Why Matter Matters! • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Basher: Rocks & Minerals: A Gem of a Book • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Biology: Life as We Know It! • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World! • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
To Space and Back • Amazon $4.00 2 $8.00
The Snake Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Basher Science: Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Joan of Arc • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Basher Science: Algebra and Geometry • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Gettysburg Address • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought it Back to Life • Amazon $7.15 1 $7.15
The Tarantula Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $7.15 1 $7.15
Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought it Back to Life • Amazon $7.15 1 $7.15
Mission: Save the Planet: Things YOU Can Do to Help Fight Global Warming! • Amazon $3.20 2 $6.40
Michelangelo • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Leonardo da Vinci (Time-Traveling Twins) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
. . . If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
If You Lived When There Was Slavery In America • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
. . . If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
. . . If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
The Gettysburg Address • Amazon $4.00 1 $4.00
Experiments with Light (True Books: Science Experiments) • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
Rachel Carson: Pioneer of Ecology (Women of Our Time) • Amazon $3.84 1 $3.84
So You Want To Be An Inventor? • Amazon $3.40 1 $3.40
So You Want To Be An Inventor? • Amazon $3.39 1 $3.39
The Secrets of Animal Flight • Amazon $0.02 1 $0.02
The Secrets of Animal Flight • Amazon $0.02 1 $0.02

Materials cost

$795.66

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$837.59

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$147.81

Total project goal

$985.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$985.40

2 Donors

-$985.40

Donations toward project cost

-$837.59

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$147.81

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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This project will reach 60 students.

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