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Mrs. Tetzlaff-Wallis from Jeffersonville IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need relevant graphic novels to better understand science concepts and vocabulary so they can speak science when they communicate.

  • $249 goal

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My Students

It is so important to thank anyone and everyone who helps educate our children. Students are successful because teaching is a team effort. Families and communities are so important to our kids. We are one of two city middle schools in our district and our kids are very energetic and creative.

Growing up in town can be very diverse and my students represent great diversity in language, culture and their life skills.

My classroom sees one hundred and forty-two science students every single day. I have many students who speak more than one language and a range of readers from second grade to high school. For many of my students, this is only their second true year of science. My classes together are thirty-two percent ELL and IEP's and our school is seventy percent free or reduced price lunch.

With all these challenges, having a variety of ways to introduce science concepts which are non-concrete and vocabulary that is based in Latin is also a challenge. My students are working on literacy through all of their courses and enjoying Project Based Learning activities. Thank all of you again!

My Project

Graphic novels are a great resource for students to use who struggle with science vocabulary and concepts about things in science which are too small to see, even with a microscope. The reading is short but very relevant. The illustrations allow students to connect the ideas and vocabulary. ESL and Special Needs students will better keep up with other students and have a deeper understanding of what we are learning.

The format of a graphic novel is helpful for students who aren't reading on grade level or who speak English as a second language.

For some students, it's a different way to reinforce what they already know.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA • Amazon Business $11.88 15 $178.20

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