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Mrs. Lipthratt from Brunswick GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fictional Literature to Enhance the Earth Science Curriculum

My students need a broad range of fictional literature that focuses on stories of surviving natural events pertaining to the Georgia Standards of Excellence for 6th grade science to enhance content interest and increase student literacy.

  • $358 goal

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My Students

My classroom includes 150 students from all walks of life. Our school is located in a town where the most affluent and the most economically disadvantaged come together under one roof for learning. I love helping students navigate through their first year of middle school, as they learn how to communicate and collaborate with students who are facing challenges that are different, but just as meaningful as their own.

As their science teacher, I strive to provide an engaging, inclusive space for students to feel accepted and valued for their ideas and varying backgrounds.

I hope that all of my students ultimately realize that in understanding and acknowledging differences within one another, we have the amazing opportunity to change the course of our future.

My Project

Near the end of the school year, one of my students came to me about a fictional trilogy she was reading on an adolescent's survival, in a post apocalyptic world. She was thrilled to see so much of what we had learned in class in her book. I realized, then, a huge opportunity for increasing literacy in my own science classroom.

By using fictional text, that include natural events, that align with the Georgia Standards of Excellence, students are given an opportunity to see applications of their learning in the real world through suspenseful, survival-style fiction.

I began this project by first sifting through our school library for this style fiction. My first haul included 12 books that ranged in lexile, protagonist age and natural event. I instantly saw the connections my students could make from such engaging, adventurous stories. After spending the summer continuing my sifting through sites like Titlewave, Goodreads, Amazon and the American Library Association, I have curated a collection of 30 novels that are grade appropriate and highlight a variety of natural events, written in an engaging, suspenseful format. The literature I chose includes variety in the protagonist's cultural backgrounds to match the diversity present in my own classroom. I will be implementing these stories in the classroom as a way to reach disengaged students and accelerate high performing learners. I created a "reading nook" in the classroom where I hope to house the fictional texts along with comfortable seating. I have such vision and am so grateful Donorschoose may give me the opportunity to see it to fruition. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to consider donating to this project. Sincerely, Mrs. Lipthratt

Mrs. Lipthratt
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 160 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Code Blue • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet (Science & Nature) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Beyond the Bright Sea • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Last Panther • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Wild Robot • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Jupiter Storm • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The River (A Hatchet Adventure) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Flygirl • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
Flygirl • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
See You in the Cosmos • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
Ninth Ward • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Last Wild • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Walking Fish • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
Cosmic • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Island of the Blue Dolphins • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
Rain Reign • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
The Skeleton Tree • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Pi in the Sky • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Serafina's Promise • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Life as We Knew It • Amazon Business $6.19 1 $6.19
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Green Boy • Amazon Business $5.73 1 $5.73
Stranded • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Green Book • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Shipwreck (Island, Book 1) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.) • Amazon Business $5.54 1 $5.54
Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Flush • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
The Raft • Amazon Business $4.31 1 $4.31

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