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Mrs. Bates from Greeley CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Never Knew That: Biographies to Inspire and Promote Perseverance

Help me give my students picture book biographies to expand their understanding of amazing people who have made incredible contributions.

  • $220 goal

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My Students

"We are here to learn!" That is our classroom motto because it covers every aspect of school success. We are a community where everyone teaches and everyone learns so that everyone wins.

My students are individuals who learn to believe in themselves through critical thinking and problem-solving.

They experience success and refine their ideas in a safe, supportive environment. Our charter school's mission is student-centered learning, and we pride ourselves on meeting students where they are. I teach the whole child with hands-on learning through real-life, self-directed, and relevant experiences. My students are members of our school's unique culture. They take pride in positively representing themselves, their families, their teachers, ​and our school community. They are caring and compassionate people who work hard for individual success, but also focus on personal integrity and responsibility. The tradition of developing better ways to teach children is at the heart of our school. We believe that children learn best in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment. Our students thrive in a student-led, teacher-guided educational experience.

My Project

An important part of developing a love and appreciation of life is learning about inspiring contributions made by extraordinary people. This project will put picture book biographies about the inventor of the balloons in the Macy's parade, the inventor of basketball, the first African-American women who worked at NASA, the inventor of computer code, the inventor of the slinky, the creator of the first crayons, and other notable people in history in the hands of 4th graders. Nonfiction texts are rich with text features that bring information to life and make students want to read on—and read more. Biographies inspire students to dream about contributions they may make themselves if they work hard and have a vision. My students are eager readers and especially enjoy the nonfiction experience. They will benefit from the facts presented with rich, colorful photographs and illustrations. I know these books will be a great addition to our classroom library.

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Mrs. Bates
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood and Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
The Bravest Man in the World • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Margaret and the Moon • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (Volume 1) (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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