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Ms. Shanafelt from Greenwood IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Students Through Others

Help me give my students a voice as they see how people have impacted our lives.

  • $596 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Teaching Reading is a lot of fun, especially when you have books that really engage the reader. My students spend a lot of time working in small groups debating themes in society, and justifying their answers using text details. Online passages are nice, but novels students can get lost in, makes reading much more meaningful. Through engaging books, my students are eager to naturally use higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills they will utilize in fifth grade and beyond.

My Project

Each year students in 5th grade create a biography project. Giving students ample choices in who they want to learn about, will allow them to be engaged in the process of learning. Through biographies, we can discuss how people in various decades and centuries have contributed to the world as we know it now. In return, students can begin to think about how they want to impact the world and relate to people in history with the same mindset. The mindset of growth, change, perseverance, and problem-solving will be tools my students need to continue their path as life long learners.

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Barnum's Bones How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Neo Leo The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Electrical Wizard How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Freedom Riders John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
My Journey to the Stars • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Boy Who Invented TV The Story of Philo Farnsworth • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Inventor's Secret What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.97 1 $8.97
The Voice That Challenged a Nation Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Temple Grandin How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation) • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Abraham Lincoln The Great Emancipator • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Meghan Markle: American Royal • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Ellen Ochoa: La primera astronauta latina (Ellen Ochoa: The First Latin Astronaut) • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Elizabeth Leads the Way Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Mathematician and Computer Scientist Grace Hopper • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Google Glass and Robotics Innovator Sebastian Thrun • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hernando Cortés: SPAnish Invader of Mexico • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
World History Biographies: Isaac Newton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
World History Biographies: Mozart The Boy Who Changed the World With His Music • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Florence Nightingale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Booker T. Washington • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Anne Frank 10 Days • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wilma Unlimited How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Red Scarf Girl A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Kobe Bryant • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Was Babe Ruth? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Is Bill Gates? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Christopher Columbus? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Frida Kahlo? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Is Bob Dylan? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Betsy Ross? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Marco Polo? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who was Thomas Jefferson? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Henry Ford? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Albert Einstein? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Ulysses S. Grant? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Milton Hershey? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Bruce Lee? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Queen Victoria? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Alexander the Great? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sacagawea? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Genghis Khan? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is George Lucas? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Julius Caesar? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Harry Houdini? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was King Tut? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Johnny Appleseed? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Were the Wright Brothers? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Charles Darwin? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sitting Bull? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Jane Goodall? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Galileo? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Maya Angelou? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark True Adventures Of Eugenie Clark • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Meet Martin Luther King, Jr. • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

Materials cost

$469.47

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$506.51

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.38

Total project goal

$595.89

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$595.89

5 Donors

-$545.89

Donations toward project cost

-$464.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$81.88

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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