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

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Nonfiction Book Collection.

My students need a collection nonfiction informational books that are geared towards early readers and English Language Leaners.

  • $572 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom consists of 25 transitional bilingual Kindergarteners, many of which are attending school for the first time this year. In our classroom, we have a strong sense of community and it is truly a place where my students feel safe, respected, and cared for. They look out for each other, help each other, encourage each other, and build each other's self esteem as people and as learners.

My students are some of the most energetic, eager, caring, and lovable children I have had the privilege of working with.

They love to be challenged and approach new learning experiences with optimism and wonder. They are so curious to learn and explore the world around them. They have big imaginations and even bigger hearts. They are welcoming, understanding, and are a group of truly wonderful kids.

My Project

In our classroom, nonfiction books are in short supply. Research shows that juvenile fiction books out number nonfiction books 4:1. In order to meet the standards set by Common Core, it is critical that our classroom has a variety of high quality nonfiction texts. According to the standards, at nearly all grade levels, students are expected to develop research skills across content areas with a strong focus on nonfiction, including literary nonfiction; essays; biographies and autobiographies; journals and technical manuals; and charts, graphs, and maps. Although we currently have some nonfiction books in our classroom, they are not as fitting for the needs of early readers. They are long, multi subject books filled with complex higher level vocabulary that doesn't meet the needs of 5 year old English Language learners.

My students are curious learners and are very eager to explore the world around them in order to help build their background knowledge.

Having access to high quality books such as these opens an enormous realm of possibility for learning about a plethora of topics. Some of these topics include wild animals, such as cheetahs and lions, ocean animals like sharks and whales, different modes of transportation, community jobs, ecosystems, etc. My students live in poverty and many of them have never seen some of the most common or basic things that some may take for granted such as the ocean, boats, or real life wild animals. With your help my students will be able to expand their knowledge about informational subjects using age appropriate books.

Ms. Calzada
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Eagles • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Helicopters • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Koalas • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Zebras • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Camels • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Kangaroos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Penguins • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Snakes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tigers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wolves • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Octopuses • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Frogs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gorillas • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ladybugs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Sharks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Spiders • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whales • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Bees • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ants Seedlings • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wetlands • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bison • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Butterflies • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cheetahs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Crickets • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Deserts • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Grasslands • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Hummingbirds • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jaguars • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pandas • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Retrievers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Speedboats • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Stock Cars • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Pickup Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Clownfish • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Coral Reefs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Sea Turtles • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Polar Bears • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rainforests • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Mountains • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Oceans • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rhinoceroses • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Sea Lions • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tortoises • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Big Rigs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Chickens • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Garbage Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Monster Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Tanker Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Tow Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Cows • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Goats • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Horses • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Pigs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Beavers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Beagles • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bulldozers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cranes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Diggers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Indy Cars • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jets • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Sheep • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ambulances Seedlings • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Brown Bears • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Construction Workers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Dentists • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Farmers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Flamingos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Geckos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Killer Whales • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bulldogs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bullet Trains • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dump Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fighter Jets • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fire Trucks • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Motorcycles • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rescue Boats • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Terriers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

Materials cost

$448.91

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.73

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$485.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$85.70

Total project goal

$571.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$571.34

5 Donors

-$546.34

Donations toward project cost

-$464.39

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$81.95

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

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$0.00

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