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Mrs. Barton from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It's So Disgusting! We Just Have to Read More!

My students need 14 books about disgusting science.

  • $355 goal

This project expired on May 2, 2011.

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My Students

It's a fact of life, children of a certain age, especially boys, are fascinated by anything that can be labeled gross. Publishers have taken advantage of this interest to create educational series packed full of information, but presented in an irreverent, gross-out format. Students eat them up.

I am the librarian in an elementary school.

Most of my students are struggling readers. Our neighborhood is plagued by violence and poverty; students cannot walk to the nearby public library. This is the fourth year our school library has been open. The students have been extremely pleased to have a library; parents and teachers are supportive as well. The entire school is focused on improving reading ability. The library contributes to this effort by providing material that students want to read. Studies show that students who are able to self-select their reading material make the most reading gains.

My Project

One genre that students like is disgusting science. The few disgusting books we have are held together with tape, glue, and hope, because they are so widely circulated. Students pour over the books together in the lunchroom and during classroom free reading time; they read their favorite passages out loud to each other over and over. Students constantly ask me if I have any more of this type of book. The titles I am requesting would be enthusiastically received. Because children have a "collect them all" mentality, once a reader reads one of these, he or she will return for all the others. The science in these particular books is excellent, so readers absorb a lot of knowledge when they select these titles. Students are fascinated by plants, animals, and urban water treatment, when these topics are presented as disgusting science.

The "disgusting" books I have requested will appeal to readers from 3rd to 8th grade.

Fluency and comprehension will improve as the books are used. An appetite for science will also be nurtured, leading readers to explore other books on the same topics. Your gift will inspire children to persevere with both reading and science, subjects vital for their futures. In the present time, they will have a wonderful experience being grossed out by disgusting science.

Mrs. Barton
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
How to Draw Disgusting Aliens Aaron Sautter, Bob Lentz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
Getting to Know Your Toilet: The Disgusting Story Behind Your Home's Strangest Feature Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
Garbage, Waste, Dumps, and You: The Disgusting Story Behind What We Leave Behind Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
Sewers and the Rats That Love Them: The Disgusting Story Behind Where It All Goes Kelly Regan Barnhill • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
Do You Know Where Your Water Has Been?: The Disgusting Story Behind What You're Drinking Kelly Regan Barnhill • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
It's Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History James Solheim, Eric Brace (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Disgusting Plants Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $19.48 1 $19.48
Disgusting Foods Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $20.51 1 $20.51
Disgusting Animals Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $21.64 1 $21.64
Disgusting Bugs Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $20.51 1 $20.51
Disgusting Places Connie Colwell Miller • AKJ BOOKS $20.51 1 $20.51
100 Most Disgusting Things On The Planet Anna Claybourne • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Disgusting Animals Julie Murray • AKJ BOOKS $20.56 1 $20.56
Gross Universe: Your Guide to All Disgusting Things Under the Sun Jeff Szpirglas, Michael Cho (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $16.19 1 $16.19

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