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Ms. Nicholl from Portland OR is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fresh Perspectives on Westward Expansion

Help me give my students up-to-date and culturally relevant books to study Oregon history.

  • $297 goal

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My Students

My students love to learn! If given the choice, they would lay on the floor and read most of the day. They also love hands-on learning. I'm so fortunate to guide them in their journey and wish to provide them with a vibrant, well-equipped classroom.

I teach twenty-seven fourth graders in a high poverty, high needs school.

One hundred percent of our students get free breakfast and lunch. We have thirty-eight home languages! Our families are very involved, and the kids are bright and inquisitive.

My Project

My fourth grade students are about to study Oregon indigenous people and westward expansion (the Oregon Trail). We need newer books that portray this period of history from many perspectives. Most of the books available to me now just make the Oregon Trail seem like a grand adventure, barely mentioning anyone other than white people.

The books I'm seeking portray what native life was like, how native people viewed and were impacted by the coming of white people, and what life was like for African Americans and Chinese immigrants.

Other books talk realistically about what life was like on the journey with Lewis and Clark or the Oregon Trail. Please make history come alive for my students with these up-to-date books!

Ms. Nicholl
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Oregon Trail (A True Book: Westward Expansion) • Amazon Business $6.49 6 $38.94
Who Settled the West? (Life in the Old West) • Amazon Business $7.95 3 $23.85
Coolies • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Ten Mile Day: And the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad • Amazon Business $9.51 2 $19.02
The Split History of Westward Expansion in the United States: A Perspectives Flip Book (Perspectives Flip Books) • Amazon Business $8.95 2 $17.90
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.78 1 $14.78
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
The Oregon Trail and Westward Expansion: A History Perspectives Book (Perspectives Library) • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Thanks to the Animals: 10th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
A Kid's Life During the Westward Expansion (How Kids Lived) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
Sarah Journeys West: An Oregon Trail Survival Story (Girls Survive) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Westward Expansion (True Books) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Lewis and Clark Expedition (A True Book: Westward Expansion) • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51
The Transcontinental Railroad (A True Book: Westward Expansion) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50

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