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Mrs. Sherman from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirror, Mirror: Students Seeing Themselves in Books

My students need to be able to see themselves within the characters in the books found in our classroom.

  • $567 goal

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My Students

"Make greatness attainable by all." - John Wooden

Allowing students to learn in an environment where they feel safe to make mistakes and grow is what education is all about.

The students who enter my classroom are resilient, hard-working, and receive Special Education services. For some of these students they just require extra time to practice a skill; while for others they just need additional strategies introduced to them. These are students who strive and work towards the high expectations set for them each day and persevere even when it's not easy.

My Project

A student should be able to look within a classroom library and find books that reflect who they are. The titles chosen to add to our classroom library are to promote diversity and the various backgrounds and cultures my students represent.

“Books are windows, but also mirrors.

We often can relate to most any story in some way, however, if we cannot connect to the illustrations that do not mirror us, we will become apathetic to stories.”

We will use these materials as mentor text as we develop as readers and writers. By having various authors and mentor text to utilize we will be able to develop the craft of writing, as well as hold discussions related to character development and understanding the world around us. These materials will increase my student’s confidence in the classroom; which will lead to improved academic achievement and social-emotional abilities.

Mrs. Sherman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 2 $26.98
My Two Moms (My Family) • Amazon Business $24.23 1 $24.23
My Two Dads (My Family) • Amazon Business $24.23 1 $24.23
Teddy's Favorite Toy • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Say Something • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Princess Hair • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Wonder • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Two Dads: A book about adoption • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Happy in Our Skin • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00

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