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Ms. Weintraub from Baldwin Park CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Not Enough Nonfiction!

My students need nonfiction picture books and biographies to learn to love informational text!

  • $425 goal

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My Students

My students are inquisitive, engaging fourth graders. They are curious students who love to ask questions and extend their learning. Our classroom is a warm and welcoming community of learners. These amazing young people bring their cultural backgrounds into our class of learners to create a diverse classroom community.

Our 3rd through 8th graders and their families choose to attend this school to be a part of our wonderful, small school learning environment.

I teach at a public magnet school with less than 400 students in 3rd-8th grades, which provides a unique opportunity for upper elementary and middle school students to share the same campus and school community. As a school of choice instead of a neighborhood zoned school, we have students enrolled from throughout the district's different school zones.

My Project

One of the skills students need to master in school is reading and understanding nonfiction, or informational text. With the new standards, students are expected to read 50% nonfiction beginning in 4th grade, eventually increasing to 70% nonfiction in higher grades. The texts they read for science and history are all nonfiction, and in adult life most magazines and news articles are nonfiction as well. Unfortunately, many children think of nonfiction as "dry" and boring, and many students dislike reading it.

It is important for students to learn to like nonfiction by providing high-interest nonfiction books for them to find books and topics they like.

However, there is not enough nonfiction in most libraries for this, so I need your help to provide my students with engaging picture books and biographies about topics and people such as Anne Frank, 9/11, the Statue of Liberty, bubble gum, Michael Jordan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jane Austen, and many more.

Ms. Weintraub
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer • Amazon Business $17.40 1 $17.40
Salt In His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America • Amazon Business $14.76 1 $14.76
Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Space Engineer and Scientist Margaret Hamilton (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mars Science Lab Engineer Diana Trujillo (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Alternate Reality Game Designer Jane Mcgonigal (Stem Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $4.01 1 $4.01

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