You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

  • $490 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. England
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 10 donors
  • $0 still needed

Let's Observe! (It's a Learned Skill)

My students need a class set of "How to Be an Explorer of the World" for environmental science. It is an exciting book that teaches and guides them how to observe the natural world around them.

My Students

Life is a scavenger hunt! One of the biggest challenges of teaching science is allowing the students to open their eyes to the world around them. This is a fun interactive book that teaches readers how to practice 'deep looking and listening' while recording observations in a variety a ways.

I have an amazing group of 12 and 13 year-old public school students who have chosen to take environmental science as their elective.

At least 3 of my students have a learning disability. All of them are eager and willing to step out of the typical self-absorbed pre-teen bubble to help make a difference in their community and the world. Several of the students have previewed the book and were very excited about the concept. This book is a perfect tool to guide these young scientists to be worldly thinkers.

My Project

"How to Be an Explorer of the World" has fifty-six simple, but fun, explorations. The students are to explore the prompt and record the results in their journal. Most of the explorations can be done in or outside of school. I plan on allowing every class session to start with 5 minutes of an exploration, which they are to complete at home. The book provides the prompt along with a quick visual example followed by an inspiring quote from famous people. Examples include: Exploration #26: Sketch or document things that you use in your daily routine. "I have always loved things. Just things in the world. I love trying to find the shape of things." - Leonard Cohen. Exploration #49: Document an overheard conversation. My school is launching Common Core standards, yet we do not have materials or curriculum. This book will be the backbone of the first trimester of the year for environmental science.

Kids don't play like they used to.

It's a documented phenomenon. This will allow them to step outside and appreciate all the natural world has to offer. Plus, who doesn't want to do their homework outside?

Read More

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
How to Be an Explorer of the World • AKJ Books $10.91 32 $349.12

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


9 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

10 donors10 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 28 students.

Project Activity

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo
{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Livermore","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1939822],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":1054641,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":28,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. England","authorIds":{"1939822":{"owner":"Ms. England","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[1054641],"proposalHash":"-1419919220","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":310674,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":1939822,"schoolCounty":"Alameda","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}