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Mrs. Kinkelaar from Florissant MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Diverse Learners

My students need access to books that represent their diverse backgrounds and reading levels.

  • $274 goal

This project expired on June 27, 2018.

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My Students

My fifth grade scholars come to school eager to learn and connect, despite hardships in their home and community. The majority of our 400+ students come from low-income families, and all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch at school. They have access to a variety of helpful resources, such as Title I resources, but often they need extra assistance and support. We start each day by reaffirming our core values of being kind, respectful, cooperative, peaceful, and safe, and I feel passionate about ensuring each of my scholars knows they can achieve anything they set their minds on, regardless of hardship, challenge, or obstacle.

My students deserve the best, and I believe that starts with a classroom library that reflects their diverse needs and cultures.

My expertise is in English Language Arts, and I do my best to make sure my scholars get instruction that meets them where they are to help drive them forward. My teaching model includes a short mini-lesson of direct instruction followed by small group learning while the class reads independently from texts at their level that they get to choose themselves.

My Project

"Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience." - Rudine Sims Bishop in "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors"

The students I teach come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but unfortunately, my classroom library does not reflect the cultures and reading levels of my students.

It’s important for kids to see themselves in the books they read. It’s also important for them to see the experiences of others to build empathy. My students deserve to read texts that reflect their cultures, and they also need more books available to them at their unique reading levels, which is why I have set out to diversify the library in my classroom.

Mrs. Kinkelaar
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $18.41 1 $18.41
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Brave • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom • Amazon Business $8.08 1 $8.08
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Other Half of My Heart • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Great Shelby Holmes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ruby on the Outside • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
A Boy Called Bat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Drama • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56
The Way Home Looks Now • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Monsters and Mold (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
Skating Is Hard When You're Homesick (Sports Illustrated Kids Victory School Superstars) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Simone Biles: America's Greatest Gymnast (Rookie Biographies) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon Business $5.26 1 $5.26
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
My New Team (Little Rhino #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Brushes and Basketballs (Ashley Small and Ashlee Tall) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
The Sleepover (Ashley Small and Ashlee Tall) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $4.86 1 $4.86
My Father's Dragon • Amazon Business $4.46 1 $4.46
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Hundred Percent • Amazon Business $2.46 1 $2.46

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