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Ms. S.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 15 donors
  • $0 still needed

Non-Fiction to Support 21st Century Skills in the 5th Grade

My students need a diverse library of 30 non-fiction texts and magazines to align with Common Core State Standards and to support their reading comprehension and critical thinking.

My Students

In my class, we love to read non-fiction books, but have little access to non-fiction texts that are authentic, diverse and engaging. My fifth grade students need access to non-fiction texts to gain deeper understandings of science and social studies.

My fifth grade students are a diverse and unique group of learners.

Two-thirds of the class are English Language Learners or recently re-designated as fluent speakers of English. Most of my students come from homes of lower socioeconomic situations. We are a Title I school in Program Improvement. Our school strives to reach struggling readers, but we don't always have the resources to meet the needs of each individual student. As fifth graders, my students are striving to gain skills and knowledge that will support them when they move to middle school. We are learning to read challenging informational texts, research using a variety of sources, and to use the information we learn to support our arguments and writing in science and social studies.

My Project

I am requesting a variety of non-fiction books and a subscription to Kids Discovery magazine to add to our classroom library. With access to diverse and challenging informational texts, my students will have more opportunities to become fluent readers of non-fiction, which will support their learning in all subject areas, help them to become better writers, and provide opportunities to analyze difficult texts. In addition, these books will help my students gain important skills and knowledge about how to use books and magazines for research. These skills are essential in supporting 21st century learners, and will help them become college and career ready. We will use these books and magazines to learn about non-fiction features, provide alternative perspectives to our textbooks, and research through primary and secondary sources.

This project will greatly increase my student's access to informational texts and help them become more proficient readers of non-fiction.

As 21st century learners, my students need access to diverse forms of information to help them become critical thinkers.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina Book Display • Kaplan Early Learning Company $127.46 1 $127.46
BG689 - Paperback Biographies - Gr. 5-6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.50 1 $59.50
LL734 - Level V Nonfiction Book Bin - Gr. 5-6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $47.99 1 $47.99
American History • AKJ Books $47.28 1 $47.28
LL733 - Level U Nonfiction Book Bin - Gr. 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $44.99 1 $44.99
LL732 - Level T Nonfiction Book Bin - Gr. 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $42.99 1 $42.99
LL731 - Level S Nonfiction Book Bin - Gr. 4-5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $40.99 1 $40.99
African American Biography • AKJ Books $40.61 1 $40.61
Revolutionary War • AKJ Books $33.23 1 $33.23
Kids Discover • Amazon $26.95 1 $26.95
Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons • Amazon $23.94 1 $23.94
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon $16.23 1 $16.23
Redwoods • Amazon $14.52 1 $14.52
Island: A Story of the Galápagos • Amazon $14.52 1 $14.52
Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon $14.49 1 $14.49
A Drop Of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder • Amazon $14.39 1 $14.39
Older Than the Stars • Amazon $14.36 1 $14.36
Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon $13.84 1 $13.84
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole • Amazon $13.64 1 $13.64
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon $13.21 1 $13.21
Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments (For Kids series) • Amazon $13.21 1 $13.21
The Beetle Book • Amazon $12.98 1 $12.98
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) • Amazon $12.95 1 $12.95
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder • Amazon $12.75 1 $12.75
Coral Reefs • Amazon $12.23 1 $12.23
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond • Amazon $12.23 1 $12.23
John Muir: My Life With Nature (Sharing Nature With Children Book) • Amazon $8.76 1 $8.76
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists • Amazon $8.05 1 $8.05
My Uncle Martin's Words for America: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Tells How He Made a Difference • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98

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