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Mrs. Ostrander from Yuba City CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let Us Hear Women ROAR

My students need access to inspiring literature that represents the accomplishments and perseverance of women across cultures.

  • $522 goal

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My Students

I am lucky to have a wide range of cultures and learning abilities in my classroom. Every single student has many strengths to share, and they support one another on a daily basis. They take chances, aren't afraid to make mistakes and learn from them, and are an all-around amazing group of 10 year olds. Approximately 80% of my students are considered socioeconomically disadvantaged.

My students aren't just classmates; they are family.

They take care of each other and enjoy every second of their learning together. What's really exciting is that their love of learning is constantly growing. Every student shows up ready to learn each and every day. They have a common goal: all students want to succeed so that they can be prepared for middle school next year! Their positive attitudes are contagious, and they really make me look forward to each day in the classroom.

My Project

This year, as we approached Women's History Month, I found myself presented with a challenge. As I looked through my classroom and school libraries, I found that I was severely lacking access to books focused on the stories of successful women. I've chosen 31 books to add to our classroom library that represent women in various roles, from past to present, who have intriguing stories of perseverance.

I want my students to read and experience the stories of women who have made a difference in our world.

I know that these stories will empower, engage, and inspire my fifth grade students. These books will give my classroom access to stories that represent the multiple cultures that are within my classroom so that students will see themselves within the women they read about. Books inspire readers of all ages. It is my hope that as my students see themselves within the stories they read, they will be inspired to make their own mark on society.

I want to use these stories to go beyond a month of focus on Women's History. These stories will be shared throughout the year. I will use these stories to engage students in discussions. My students will be able to compare and contrast the stories as their knowledge of these remarkable women grows. They will be engaged in writing practice as they respond to the stories they read. They may just curl up in the corner by themselves and enjoy the story independently. There are endless possibilities for engaging students once we have access to these stories. These amazing books will teach and inspire my fifth grade students for many years to come.

Mrs. Ostrander
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Name Is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela (Rise and Shine) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Queen of the Falls • Amazon Business $15.20 1 $15.20
Eleanor, Quiet No More • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $14.83 1 $14.83
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps • Amazon Business $14.78 1 $14.78
Stand Straight, Ella Kate • Amazon Business $14.45 1 $14.45
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure • Amazon Business $12.05 1 $12.05
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Just Being Audrey • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller (Big Words) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Rosa • Amazon Business $7.34 1 $7.34
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote • Amazon Business $5.21 1 $5.21

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