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Ms. Peyovich from Orlando FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Life in Florida after Hurricane Maria: Let's Read! Part 2

My students need science content reading books written at various levels as they progress in learning the English language.

  • $399 goal

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My Students

We are a K to fifth-grade Title I elementary school with 400+ children in FL providing free breakfast and/or lunch for all. Our students' families struggle financially so there are very little extra funds for relevant, comprehensible science investigations.

To add to our population we were blessed to welcome many English Language Learners (ELLs) students new to our country from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Their lives were significantly impacted by Hurricane Maria with devastating property damage in particular to their modest homes. Some are living here with extended family, separated from their parents and other siblings. Yet through it all we will all emerge stronger.

My students are the most amazing kiddos: they are welcoming, caring, bright, energetic, and curious. As budding computer programmers, mathematicians, engineers, and scientists, they clamor for more opportunities to engage in computer programming and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) explorations both during and beyond the typical school day. Our goal is to give each student the very best education and the best support possible at all times. Won't you please help us? We need science content books, at various levels to better engage our new ELLs with relevant, STEM reading.

My Project

These books will make a great difference in my students' learning! They were especially selected because, while some are written on a much lower reading level to help our newest ELLs, they all elaborate on prescribed content within our Sunshine State Science Standards for 5th grade. Additionally, these books are supplemental, engaging reads that my students will be able to also take Accelerated Reader tests on to help improve their reading level fluency.

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet is just one of the many new books we are eager to read, after all it will be this generation of students that will travel to Mars by 2033!

We need new, diverse leveled reading books to encourage exploratory learning in order to build and maintain a competitive edge in becoming 21st Century skills ready scholars. Our rapidly changing technological world demands that we proactively train and equip our students to become future innovative problem solvers and world decision makers.

My students are amazing: they are our future astronauts that will one day tread on Martian soil; engineer responsibly in our environmentally sensitive treasure known as the Florida Everglades and produce cutting edge medical research and development while providing world class care at our booming Lake Nona Medical City.

How can our central Florida students, especially our newest, post-Hurricane Maria immigrant students, face the challenges of the future without real, meaningful project based learning opportunities? How can we even consider engaging them without the very basic of a classroom library full of diverse, fascinating science topics ready at their disposal? Please help us in our effort train up these students and equip them with these new reading adventures, thank you!

Ms. Peyovich
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
The Rainforest Grew All Around • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet (Science & Nature) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
What If There Were No Sea Otters?: A Book About the Ocean Ecosystem (Food Chain Reactions) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration (Extraordinary Migrations) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Rain Forest Food Chains (Protecting Food Chains) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Then & Now: A Journey through the History of Machines • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
What If There Were No Bees?: A Book About the Grassland Ecosystem (Food Chain Reactions) • Amazon Business $9.22 1 $9.22
Finding Out About Geothermal Energy (Searchlight Books) (Searchlight Books: What Are Energy Sources?) • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Geothermal Energy: Using Earth's Furnace (Energy Revolution) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Story of Fossil Fuels (Science Readers: Content and Literacy) • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Electricity • Amazon Business $8.71 1 $8.71
Inheritance of Traits: Why Is My Dog Bigger Than Your Dog? (Show Me Science) • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
Erosion: Changing Earth's Surface (Amazing Science) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
Dirt: The Scoop on Soil (Amazing Science) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low (Amazing Science) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth (Animal Science) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Weather Clues in the Sky: Clouds (Bel the Weather Girl) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little (Animal Science) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Cracking Up: A Story About Erosion (Science Works) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
On Earth • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Sun Up, Sun Down (Voyager/Hbj Book) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart (Amazing Science) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow (Amazing Science) • Amazon Business $7.30 1 $7.30
The Honey Makers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
U.S. Landforms (True Books: U.S. Regions) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Do Trees Get Hungry?: Noticing Plant and Animal Traits (Cloverleaf Books - Nature's Patterns) • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26

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