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Mrs. Vella from Orange CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Survived...with Great Books!

My students need engaging books such as the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis and the Who Was/What Was series to help them get excited and interested in learning about history.

  • $319 goal

This project expired on November 11, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a special education teacher, I not only teach my students English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and PE, but I also teach them social skills and life skills that are very much needed to help them succeed in life. We work on coping skills and building relationships, both with peers and adults.

The students in my classroom have moderate-severe behavior challenges and learn in a variety of ways.

Our classroom has a range of disabilities and come from a variety of backgrounds. Our school has over 90% free/reduced breakfast and lunch program.

My Project

My students often struggle while reading about events in the past. Social Studies can be the hardest for them to relate to, thinking that "the past is the past."

Engaging students through exciting novels such as the I Survived and the Who Was/What Was series will help make previous events and important people come alive and help to make connections to my students' lives.

I have a few copies of both the series and they are well loved by my students. They constantly ask me to buy more and complete the set. Students who previously stated that they hated reading would actively look for the next book in the series at the library. They would share interesting facts that they learned and made connections to their own lives. These books will continue to help my students make those connections and inspire a love of reading and learning.

Mrs. Vella
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 10 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) • Amazon Business $33.75 1 $33.75
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Holocaust? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was King Tut? • Amazon Business $5.14 1 $5.14
Who Was Mother Teresa? • Amazon Business $4.88 1 $4.88
Who Was Sacagawea? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Was Ellis Island? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Is Stan Lee? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Andrew Jackson? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Julius Caesar? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Queen Victoria? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Is Jane Goodall? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Betsy Ross? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Galileo? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Alexander the Great? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Albert Einstein? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Blackbeard? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Is the Constitution? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Was the Great Depression? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was George Washington? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Queen Elizabeth? • Amazon Business $4.66 1 $4.66
Who Was George Washington Carver? • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Who Was Maya Angelou? • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Who Was Paul Revere? • Amazon Business $4.35 1 $4.35
I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived #14) • Amazon Business $4.33 1 $4.33
Where Is the Colosseum? • Amazon Business $4.01 1 $4.01
Who Was Anne Frank? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888 (I Survived #16) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Was Walt Disney? • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (I Survived #11) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived #15) • Amazon Business $3.93 1 $3.93
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12) • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Who Was Frida Kahlo? • Amazon Business $3.75 1 $3.75
Who Was Charles Darwin? • Amazon Business $3.14 1 $3.14
Who Was Davy Crockett? • Amazon Business $2.97 1 $2.97
Who Was Isaac Newton? • Amazon Business $2.78 1 $2.78

Materials cost

$217.52

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$19.90

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.26

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$270.68

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.77

Total project goal

$318.45

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$318.45

6 Donors

-$314.04

Donations toward project cost

-$270.68

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$43.36

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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