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Mrs. Scarson from Hayward CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Folktales Are the Key to Understanding Unfamiliar Cultures

My students need stories that share folktales from other cultures to build an understanding of people they meet from these other cultures.

  • $455 goal

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My Students

My students are active learners. They love being involved in all aspects of their education. They ask questions, think through problems, and are good team mates. They care about each other and will look out for each other in class and out on the yard. My students work hard every day to meet the challenges set before them in the classroom. They are excited about art, love to learn with music, and can't wait to participate in deep discussions. My students make me want to give them the best I can because they are thrilled to learn every day.

My Project

My sixth graders study Middle Eastern and Asian ancient people every year. The students learn about the culture and religion of the ancient people they and it can be hard for my students to understand the societal rules, gender roles, and religious beliefs of these people groups. It is also very hard for students from Middle East and Asian immigrant families to share their culture and beliefs with their friends because they feel misrepresented in the classroom.

I want to use picture books to help the students from the nations we study to feel like they are being correctly represented in the classroom.

This will open up opportunity for honest dialogue without students from the Middle East and Asia feeling judged or misunderstood by their American counterparts. I hope to help my students realize that they have more in common with each other than they thought. Some of the books in this project include, The True Story of Noah's Ark, Lady White Snake: A Tale from Chinese Opera, Grandfather Gandhi, and The Little Book of Hindu Deities, just to name a few!

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

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ramayana: Divine Loophole • Amazon Business $23.46 1 $23.46
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters • Amazon Business $18.24 1 $18.24
The Story of Queen Esther • Amazon Business $17.48 1 $17.48
Exodus • Amazon Business $17.13 1 $17.13
Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet (Art and Culture) • Amazon Business $15.84 1 $15.84
T is for Taj Mahal: An India Alphabet (Discover the World) • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
The True Story of Noah's Ark (with audio CD and pull-out spread) • Amazon Business $15.46 1 $15.46
Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Joseph • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
Buddha Stories • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Lady White Snake: A Tale from Chinese Opera: Bilingual - Traditional Chinese and English • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Grandfather Gandhi • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
The True Account of Adam & Eve • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Merchant and the Thief: A Folktale from India • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
Adara • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) • Amazon Business $8.14 1 $8.14
The Ch'i-lin Purse: A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories (Sunburst Book) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Great Race • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
King Solomon and the Bee • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Look What Came From China! • Amazon Business $6.61 1 $6.61
The Revenge of Ishtar (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
The Drum: A Folktale from India (Story Cove) • Amazon Business $4.36 1 $4.36

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