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Mrs. Bruner from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature in Science

My students need 12 books that will help my students make connections to both Science content and reading.

  • $167 goal

This project expired on January 31, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever noticed how students can remember plots to movies and books, but can not remember what their science teacher covered in class the next period? My students are more interested and remember more when listening to stories than when covering content through notes.

My students come from many different backgrounds.

Many of them, about half, come from economically disadvantaged homes. I have a large number of students from households where Spanish is the home language. My classes are desegregated, meaning I have upper-level students, on-level students, special education students, and english language learners in every class. Some of my students struggle with academic language. Many of them are nervous about learning science and/or think it is complicated and that they are not "good at it." With all of this variation, I have found a couple of similarities in the majority of them, one of which being their interest in hearing stories and being able to recall them days and months later.

My Project

Story time captivates even my most difficult classes. My students have shown me that they can recall in April a story I told to them in September. Stories that connect science and literature, will allow my students to make more connections to the content and help them remember it for longer periods of time. I plan on using these books as an introduction to our units. For example, the book "What's so special about planet Earth," will be an introduction to our unit on the solar system. It will allow us to cover the eight planets and how they are similar and different from Earth. Before we begin going through notes and labs, students will have a hook, the story, to connect their new knowledge to. It will give all my students a common experience to begin their exploration into the solar system.

These stories provide one more connection for students with content that can be very abstract.

Unlike math or history or reading/writing, science deals with the abstract, the distant, and the very small. While my students might not be able to travel to other worlds or shrink down to the size of an amoeba, these books will help them visualize those ideas that can be very difficult to grasp and remember. It will allow them to make meaningful connections to a content they tend to struggle with.

Mrs. Bruner
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Can We Share the World With Tigers? • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Polar Bear, Why Is Your World Melting? • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91
Can You Count to a Googol? Robert E. Wells • AKJ Books $6.07 1 $6.07
Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91
How Do You Know What Time It Is? • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91
How Do You Lift a Lion? Robert E. Wells • AKJ Books $5.31 1 $5.31
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? Robert E. Wells • AKJ Books $6.07 1 $6.07
What''s Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? Robert E. Wells • AKJ Books $5.31 1 $5.31
What''s Older Than A Giant Tortoise? • AKJ Books $5.28 1 $5.28
What''s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? Robert E. Wells • AKJ Books $5.31 1 $5.31
What''s So Special About Planet Earth? • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91
Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91

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