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Mrs. V. from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

History Is So Boring!

My students need 80+ illustrated books about history, including a number of biographies and "Magic Tree House" titles.

  • $685 goal

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My students are hungry for knowledge, but unfortunately they are not very excited about history. They need to see that history can be exciting and fun!

I teach the newcomer program at an urban middle school. My students know little to no English, but they are eager to learn. They soak up knowledge like sponges. Unfortunately, every time I say it's time for history, groans resound throughout the class.

They need to get excited about history. They need to see that there are interesting stories and colorful characters within the bowels of their not-so-exciting history text book. My students love reading so I think that historical fiction and non-fiction in our classroom library would go a long way in raising their interest in history, particularly American history. As new immigrants it's very important that they learn the history of their new country.

As a donor, you would be giving these children an opportunity to read and learn about U.S. and world history in a non-traditional way. They will be able to read interesting stories about the past and historical characters which include women and lesser known historical figures. Not only will you be sparking their curiosity, but you will also be helping them to improve their reading skills, a very important skill no matter who you are in our society.

Mrs. V.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
We the People: The Story of Our Constitution Lynne Cheney, Greg Harlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House Series #27) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Kadir Nelson, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.19 1 $15.19
100 Things You Should Know About Pirates (Barnes & Noble Edition) Andrew Langley • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Egyptology Emily Sands, Dugald A. Steer (Editor), Various (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
Who Was Ben Franklin? Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci? Roberta Edwards, True Kelley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book Robert Sabuda (Illustrator), Robert Clarke Sabuda (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $21.56 1 $21.56
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History Lynne Cherry • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Vacation under the Volcano Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Series #22) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Who Was Anne Frank? Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), Ann Abramson • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Pirates: A Nonfiction Companion to Pirates past Noon (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Rosa Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History Jennifer Armstrong, Roger Roth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $27.96 1 $27.96
Pompeii ... Buried Alive!: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book) Kunhardt • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Peter Sis, Peter Sis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots Lynne Cheney, Peter M. Fiore (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Pilgrims (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series #13) Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Ben Franklin and The Magic Squares (Step into Reading: A Math Reader. A Step 4 Book) Murphy, Richard Walz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, With Renee Skelton • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges, Margo Lundell (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Courage of Sarah Noble Alice Dalgliesh, Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Ancient Egypt (Discoveries Series) George Hart • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Abe Lincoln's Hat: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) Martha Brenner • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Anna Prokos, With Anna Prokos • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Benjamin Franklin (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, With Kathryn Hoffman Satterfield • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
My First Thanksgiving Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Tut's Mummy: Lost...and Found (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book) Donnelly • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
George Washington and the General's Dog (Step Into Reading: Step 3 Reading on Your Own) Murphy • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Who Was Annie Oakley? Stephanie Spinner, Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Time Magazine, Time for Kids Magazine, With Lisa DeMauro • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Knights and Castles: A Nonfiction Companion to The Knight at Dawn Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address Jean Fritz, Charles Robinson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Who Was John F. Kennedy? Yona Zeldis McDonough, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), Jill Weber (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Ancient Greece and the Olympics: A Nonfiction Companion to Hour of the Olympics Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator), Sal Murdocca (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
We the Kids: A Preamble to The Constitution of The United States David Catrow, David Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 McGovern, Anna DeVito (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Time for Kids Magazine, With Ritu Upadhyay • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Readers: George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President (Level 3: Reading Alone) Justine Korman Fontes, Ron Fontes • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Ulysses S. Grant (History Maker Bios Series) Susan Bivin Aller, Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
First Thanksgiving: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) Linda Hayward • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution Jean Fritz, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
If I Were President Catherine Stier, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin As written by His Good Mouse Amos Robert Lawson, Robert Lawson (Illustrator), Foreword by Robert Lawson • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Trail of Tears Bruchac • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Last of the Mohicans (Classic Starts Series) James Fenimore Cooper, Deanna McFadden, Troy Howell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book) Donnelly • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving Joseph Bruchac, Greg Shed (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Mummies Made in Egypt Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq Mark Alan Stamaty • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Robert E. Lee (History Maker Bios Series) Candice Ransom, Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Statue of Liberty: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 2 Book) Penner • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? Jean Fritz, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator), Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Frederick Douglass (History Maker Bios Series) Catherine A. Welch • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
DK Readers: Free at Last, the Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Level 4: Proficient Readers), Vol. 4 Angela Bull • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
B Is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet Gleaves Whitney, Susan Guy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Pirates Dina Anastasio, Donald Cook (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Cowboys Lucille Recht Penner, Ben Carter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House Series #2) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House Series #3) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House Series #4) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House Series #5) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House Series #6) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House Series #7) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House Series #8) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Magic Tree House Collection Books 1 - 8 (Magic Tree House Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Read by Mary Pope Osborne • Barnes and Noble $24.00 1 $24.00
Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House Series #14) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Viking Ships at Sunrise (Magic Tree House Series #15) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House Series #17) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

Materials cost

$464.71

Vendor shipping charges

$46.47

State sales tax

$33.69

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.97

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$561.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$123.15

Total project goal

$684.15

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$684.15

6 Donors

-$684.15

Donations toward project cost

-$561.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$123.15

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$0.00

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