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Mrs. DeLora-Ellefson from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inquiring Minds Need Books to Grow

Help me give my students a collection of nonfiction books about climate change, renewable energy, and electricity.

  • $532 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Growing up in Brooklyn, NY is both exciting and challenging for young students. Access to museums, parks, and opportunities for authentic learning experiences abound, but schools are large, often lacking essential equipment and materials needed for learning. Students are sometimes limited by classrooms that do not have materials appropriately leveled for their ability.

This fourth grade classroom is full of students eager to engage with authentic tasks in the classroom.

Students are just beginning to use what they have learned to collaborate, create, and express themselves. Some of the students in my classroom are general education students and about 30% are students with special needs. I also have a few "newcomer" students who speak very little English. We work particularly hard on developing appropriate social skills and verbal/written self-expression.

My Project

In our classroom, we use an inquiry-based approach to teach reading. In response to the provocation: Humans create technology to respond to changes in the environment, my students have posed questions about climate change, fossil fuels, renewable energy sources, and electricity. The next step of the inquiry process is for them to begin finding out information about a particular area of interest they have within the unit.

In order to take them through the next step of researching and finding answers to their own questions, I must have access to books for them to read!

Ultimately, the end of this unit will be a final project in which my students will design their own way to harness a renewable energy source. At the moment, I am printing out articles every day to try to keep up with their questions. Our classroom currently has a few public library books and a bin of about 15 books about renewable energy, but it just isn't enough to keep up with the demand of 20 students who are intensely interested in the topics they are studying! What a wonderful problem to have. I don't want to let them down, so I need your help!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Critical Perspectives on Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy • AKJ Education $34.99 1 $34.99
Energy from Wind: Wind Farming • AKJ Education $20.15 1 $20.15
Energy Engineering and Powering the Future • AKJ Education $20.15 1 $20.15
The Wind at Work An Activity Guide to Windmills • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun 22 Super-charged Projects for Kids • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
The Next Wave The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Picture Book Edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy With Max Axiom, Super • AKJ Education $5.91 2 $11.82
Water Energy • AKJ Education $11.69 1 $11.69
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Electricity in the Real World • AKJ Education $11.42 1 $11.42
Blue Planet - Energy • AKJ Education $10.24 1 $10.24
National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Wind Power • AKJ Education $8.76 1 $8.76
Hydropower • AKJ Education $8.76 1 $8.76
Our Footprint on Earth • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Harnessing Hydroelectric Energy • AKJ Education $7.30 1 $7.30
Harnessing Wind Energy • AKJ Education $7.30 1 $7.30
Harnessing Biofuels • AKJ Education $7.30 1 $7.30
Investigating Electricity • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Clean Energy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
DK Eyewitness Books: Energy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Renewable Energy • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Electrical Engineering and the Science of Circuits • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Basher Science: Climate Change • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Biomass: Fueling Change • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Hydroelectric Power: Power from Moving Water • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Windmills • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Geothermal Energy: Using Earth's Furnace • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Energy from Wind: Wind Farming • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
From Sunshine to Light Bulb • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Energy from Living Things: Biomass Energy • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Solar Power • AKJ Education $6.49 1 $6.49
Coal Power • AKJ Education $6.49 1 $6.49
Energy • AKJ Education $6.05 1 $6.05
Fossil Fuels • AKJ Education $6.02 1 $6.02
Solar Energy Running on Sunshine • AKJ Education $6.02 1 $6.02
Zombies and Electricity • AKJ Education $5.91 1 $5.91
Sun Power A Book About Renewable Energy • AKJ Education $5.91 1 $5.91
Energy and Power Environmental Facts and Experiments • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Green Energy • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Save Energy • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Charged Up: The Story of Electricity • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Electricity • AKJ Education $4.96 1 $4.96
Electricity • AKJ Education $4.84 1 $4.84
Bridging the Energy Gap • AKJ Education $4.28 1 $4.28

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