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Mrs. Grasdalen from Des Moines WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I See Me in Our Classroom Library

Help me give my students 30 books in a wide range of reading levels that tell the amazing stories of how women and people of color have positively contributed to our diverse world.

  • $398 goal

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My Students

My students live in a socioeconomically and culturally diverse urban area; they often face challenges in and out of the classroom. Many of my students do not have the basic supplies needed for school.

Despite their challenges, my students are highly motivated to learn and contribute to the encouraging and supportive learning environment in our classroom.

The Classroom Charter we created together states that "We will work together to create a positive community where everyone feels welcome, respected, joyful, smart, and safe."

My Project

My students come from very diverse backgrounds. They deserve to learn about the successes and profound contributions made by people like themselves, including those who are female, Hispanic, African-American, immigrants, and refugees.

Please help me provide books in a wide range of reading levels so my students can see themselves in amazing scientists, artists, activists, sports figures, inventors, and other heroes.

Examples of books for young readers in my project include the stories of a young Syrian refugee, women astronauts, the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the history of Title IX. Most of these books are biographies or autobiographies. My students will be able to read them all year in our classroom library, but will also choose one person to study in-depth, writing about and portraying him or her during our biography/Living Museum unit.

Mrs. Grasdalen
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Let Me Play The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
I Dissent • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Grandfather Gandhi • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Malcolm Little The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Diego Rivera His World and Ours • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Girl from Aleppo • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Music Was IT Young Leonard Bernstein • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Temple Grandin How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Adventurous Women • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Crazy Horse's Vision • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Let It Shine Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Island Treasures Growing Up in Cuba • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Helen's Big World • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Our Children Can Soar A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Wangari Maathai • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dear Benjamin Banneker • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Only Passing Through The Story of Sojourner Truth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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