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Ms. Amero from Somerville MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Multicultural Books for ELLs

My students need multicultural books that reflect themselves and their experiences and help them build empathy for other cultures. I would also like to purchase a student activity table that will facilitate teaching through guided reading.

  • $1,282 goal

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My Students

I work with English Language Learners from all around the world - 33 different countries! My students are curious, clever, and determined to succeed.

I teach English Language Learners in a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Somerville, MA.

I work with students in small groups in my classroom and in their regular classrooms. 50% of our students have a first language other than English and many face significant challenges both in and out of school.

My students work diligently to improve their reading skills but fall behind for various reasons including limited prior schooling, learning disabilities, and trauma. My goal is not only to have all my students become proficient in English and engage in academic work at grade level, but to also provide a safe, collaborative, and fun learning environment where every student can and wants to succeed.

My Project

I am requesting multicultural books for ELL students in my classroom and school. Books and materials that reflect a student’s experience and self play a huge role in helping students to feel comfortable and accepted in their school and classroom. Topics such as immigrating to the United States, being apart from family members, and adjusting to life and school in a new country will help ELL students engage with literature. Multicultural literature is a great way for students to gain a better understanding of their own culture and the culture of others. Not only does access to multicultural literature build student’s self-esteem, but it also promotes empathy and unity. Books featuring multicultural characters and stories help all students build a better understanding of the world around them.

When students see themselves reflected in a story they are more likely to engage with the text.

This, in turn, leads to better learning and more reading!

The student activity table is in a horseshoe shape that allows students to more easily interact with each other and the teacher. This shape is ideal for having meaningful discussions and teaching through guided reading because each student is near the teacher. When teaching guided reading it is important to have one-on-one interactions with all students in the group in order to monitor their reading and focus on their individual needs. An additional benefit of the horseshoe shaped table is that all students face each other and this can improve group discussions. This table will facilitate in-depth book discussions as well as help me focus on individual learning needs.

Ms. Amero
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Marco Group Horseshoe Adjustable Activity Table, 48" Width x 72" Length, Gray Glace, Black Trim, Standard Legs • Amazon Business $322.62 1 $322.62
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child • Amazon Business $13.45 4 $53.80
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.54 5 $42.70
All of the Above • Amazon Business $8.00 5 $40.00
Breaking Through • Amazon Business $6.39 5 $31.95
Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights • Amazon Business $14.17 2 $28.34
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.90 2 $25.80
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Alfredito Flies Home (Groundwood Books) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Seedfolks • Amazon Business $3.56 5 $17.80
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
All Around Us (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Waiting for Papá / Esperando a Papá (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Two White Rabbits • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
What Can You Do with a Paleta? (Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award) • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene tiene dos apellidos (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Journey • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
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
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Know the River Loves Me / Yo se que el rio me ama (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
The Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
A Journey into Adaptation with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Only Road • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Crossing the Wire • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
Sylvia & Aki • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.11 1 $4.11
Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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