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Ms. Arnold from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Feed The Hungry Minds!

My students need class sets of novels to feed their young minds, sequels to the "Birchbark House" and the award winning "A Long Walk to Water".

  • $1,064 goal

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My Students

When characters inspire the minds of young children, they should have the chance to follow them throughout the series turning their school year into an infusion between history and literacy!

My students attend fifth grade in New York City and are a part of a self-contained ESL class.

They're absolutely inspiring young people. They have been completely motivated by history and even more so with the study of Native Americans. They really are sponges! When they fell in love with shared reading and the character Omakayas from The Birchbark House, they were eager to read more! Last year, we were blessed to receive the second book in the series by Louise Erdrich; The Game of Silence. While we began reading this book in class now, they're already worried about what happens at the end, and what Louise Erdrich has in store for her audience throughout the rest of the series.

My Project

I have requested three novels for our project. The first novel, The Porcupine Year, is the third book in the series of The Birchbark House. This follows the main character throughout her teen years and also wonderfully outlines America's history during the mid 1800's. The second novel I requested, Chickadee, is the fourth book in the series. I requested a class set for myself as well as my terrific colleague who has inspired this amazing and beneficial change in our curriculum. This book follows Omakayas during her early adult life and the birth of her son, Chickadee. Also, it puts a wonderful story to the post-Civil War era. Lastly, I requested A Long Walk To Water. In order to finish up their elementary schooling, on the path to middle school, as a class, we took a long look at different novels that they would like to read in June. This novel, an award winning true story, has touched the lives of millions and can inspire my students as well.

Not only will these novels complete and support an entire year's worth of shared reading, it will serve as a catalyst for learning history through literature.

The students, who have developed a strong connection to Omakayas- The series' main character, are intrigued to follow her throughout her life. They deserve the opportunity to have class sets of books to read and share their ideas with fellow classmates and peers. This series has motivated them to love reading!

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Ms. Arnold
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 38 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Books $4.37 32 $139.84
The Porcupine Year • AKJ Books $5.10 32 $163.20
Chickadee • AKJ Books $12.40 45 $558.00

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