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Mrs. Chamberlin from Coral Springs FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mad About Math Through Literacy

My students need a variety of 9 book sets across genres to use in cross-curricular activities.

  • $968 goal

This project expired on October 18, 2013.

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My Students

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." I couldn't agree more with children's author Roald Dahl. Help my students create magic in the classroom by reading some of Dahl's great works, as well as other literature, and connecting them to our math and science curriculum.

I teach at a Title I school where English is a second language for many students.

My students face adversity such as coming from single-parent families and attending multiple schools during their elementary years. Over 80% participate in the free and reduced-priced lunch program. However, our school has maintained an "A" rating, based on student standardized test scores, for 12 consecutive years. They are persistent and eager to learn. What more can a teacher ask for?

My Project

Teaching and learning is no longer confined to specific content areas. Cross-curricular units help integrate topics, therefore providing multiple opportunities for reinforcement. Connecting literature with science, math, and social studies makes learning authentic. Using Roald Dahl's beloved books, in addition to other rich literature, is the perfect way to make these cross-curricular connections. For example, after reading "James and the Giant Peach," students could find the circumference of an actual peach and estimate the circumference of the giant peach in the story. As a culminating activity for "The BFG" students may research why bubbles in real soda pop go up, and hypothesize what causes the bubbles in "frobscottle" (beverage the BFG drinks) to go downwards. Upon reading "Bud, Not Buddy" students could calculate the distance Buddy Caldwell traveled from Flint, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The possibilities are more than I could possibly write in this space!

Literature in and of itself is wonderful gift to give children.

When connections can be made to other content areas, it makes the stories more meaningful and provides multiple opportunities for discussion about real-world scenarios. Help give my students the opportunity to connect what they have read to areas across the curriculum.

Mrs. Chamberlin
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Birchbark House • AKJ Books $5.10 24 $122.40
The BFG: A Set of Plays Roald Dahl, Jane Walmsley (Illustrat • AKJ Books $4.37 24 $104.88
The Witches • AKJ Books $4.37 24 $104.88
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Play Roald Dahl, Adapte • AKJ Books $4.37 24 $104.88
James and the Giant Peach • AKJ Books $4.37 24 $104.88
The Twits: A Set of Plays Roald Dahl • AKJ Books $4.37 24 $104.88
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • AKJ Books $6.56 8 $52.48
Bud, Not Buddy (Pbk) • AKJ Books $5.10 8 $40.80
My Father''s Dragon • AKJ Books $5.10 8 $40.80

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