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

Learn to Read Through History!

My students need books at their level to grow as readers when learning history!

  • $518 goal

This project expired on March 29, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

History is the way of the past and yes we need to learn it. Unfortunately, with limited resources I'm often struggling to find ways past instructing history using outdated methods with texts that are way over my students reading level.

My classroom is widely diverse with most students coming from struggling families.

With obstacles at home, learning becomes just another obstacle. By the time they reach my middle school classroom, their reading levels are far below were they should be. They're energetic students who need to build their confidence in reading to be successful in life.

My Project

I'm requesting a wide range of historical novels and pictures books that I can use to instruct reading in a social studies class. I strive for my students to learn to read and with limited time in the day I really try to make that a reality. My solution, teach reading social studies, too! However, my resources are text books that are about six grade levels above my students abilities! With these resources, I will be able to focus on influential people and events of the past at their reading level. They will learn the content while learning to read at the same time.

Imagine struggling to read these few paragraphs about my project.

Well, that's the reality for my students. How can you learn that way? By donating to this project you will be bringing social studies content to their level through people and events they enjoy learning about. Give my students the ultimate gift, the key to read!

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 8 $47.76
A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin David A. Adler, John Wallner (Illustrator), Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe David A. Adler, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
A Picture Book of George Washington David A. Adler, John Wallner (Illustrator), Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
A Picture Book of Paul Revere David A. Adler, John Wallner (Illustrator), Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address Jean Fritz, Charles Robinson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock Jean Fritz, J. B. Handelsman (Illustrator), J. B. Handelsman • Barnes and Noble $5.97 8 $47.76
Lebron James: King of the Court L.R. Jacobs • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
The Very First Americans (All Aboard Books Series) Cara Ashrose, Bryna Waldman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship Patricia McKissack, Sanna Stanley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Derek Jeter: A Yankee Hero B.A. Roth • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Sacajawea: Her True Story Joyce Milton, Shelly Hehenberger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Giant Lizards: All Aboard Science Reader, Station Stop 2 Ginjer L. Clarke, Michael Rothman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag John Herman, Robin Roraback (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Unraveling the History of Mummies Around the World Sylvia Branzei, Jack Keely (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Horse Named Seabiscuit Mark Dubowski, Cathy East Dubowski, Cathy East Dubowski (Illustrator), Mike Rowe (Illustrator), Mark Dubowski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Hockey Hotshots: Young Stars of the NHL Steele Tyler Filipek • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Gorillas Patricia Brennan Demuth, Paul Lopez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Far Out!: Animals That Do Amazing Things Ginjer L. Clarke, Pete Mueller (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 3 $10.23
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington Stephen Marchesi, Stephen Marchesi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Mummies Joyce Milton, Susan Swan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 8 $27.28
Pirate School Cathy East Dubowski, Mark Dubowski, Mark Dubowski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
The History of Vampires and Other Real Blood Drinkers Sylvia Branzei, Jack Keely (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Caveman Manners and Other Polite Poems David Steinberg, Adrian C. Sinnott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Civil War Sub: The Mystery of the Hunley, Vol. 3 Kate Boehm Jerome, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator), Frank Sofo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
David Beckham: Born to Play B.A. Roth • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Snakes Jeff Corwin • Barnes and Noble $3.41 3 $10.23
Tiger Woods Andrew Gutelle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Hoop Stars S. A. Kramer, Mitchell Heinze (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Jackie Robinson: He Led the Way April Jones Prince, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Lance Armstrong: The Race of His Life Kristin Armstrong, Ken Call (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China Jane O'Connor • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Sammy Sosa: He's the Man Laura Driscoll, Ken Call (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Shaquille O'Neal: Man of Steel Douglas Bradshaw • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald: Ride to The Top Alice Dieterich, Kelli Chipponeri • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41

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