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Ms. Buckner from Santa Monica CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Passion Projects: Becoming Fourth Grade Advocates and Allies

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn from activists of the past! We will be analyzing social justice advocates through nonfiction book clubs. Students will then begin advocacy projects of their own, as inspired by heroes.

  • $562 goal

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My Students

My students come from a great diversity of backgrounds, speak a wide variety of home languages, and encompass many socio-economic statuses. As a teacher at a Title 1 school, I seek to cultivate equity and close the achievement gap amongst the diverse array of students in my class.

As a school, we work to ensure that our students embody peacefulness, respectfulness, intelligence, diversity, and enthusiasm.

My fourth graders are voracious readers who empathize with a variety of characters, budding social justice advocates eager to make the world a better place for all, and curious inquiry-based learners who push themselves toward innovation and creativity.

My Project

Through our Readers' Workshop, my fourth graders will be learning about change-makers who have made the world a better place for marginalized people everywhere.

Students will form expert groups to learn about the contributions of Martin Luther King, Harvey Milk, Malala Yousafzai, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Nelson Mandela, or Susan B Anthony.

After delving into the accomplishments of one hero, the group will then compare the achievements to that of another advocate.

Throughout the unit, students will analyze the goals and methodologies of the change-makers. This will culminate in a social change project, through which students will advocate for the issues about which they care most deeply.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pride Celebrating Diversity & Community • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
Young, Gifted and Black • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Chasing Freedom • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
She Persisted Around the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
What Can a Citizen Do? • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Pride • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Dear Malala, We Stand with You • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Rad Women Worldwide • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Rad American Women A-z • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Inspirational Lives: Malala Yousafzai • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Fantastic Kids: Malala Yousafzai • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Helen Keller • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Women's Suffrage • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
You Can Count on Me! • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Amazing Americans Susan B. Anthony • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Malala Yousafzai: Defender of Education for Girls • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
A is for Activist • AKJ Education $6.00 1 $6.00
Cesar Chavez Fighting for Farmworkers • AKJ Education $5.91 1 $5.91
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Susan B. Anthony • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Women Who Broke the Rules: Sonia Sotomayor • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Helen's Eyes A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's Teacher • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Susan B. Anthony Champion of Women's Rights • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Nelson Mandela A Life of Persistence • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Disability Rights Movement • AKJ Education $5.49 1 $5.49
Helen Keller • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Heroes for All Times • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Nelson Mandela • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Susan B. Anthony • AKJ Education $4.59 1 $4.59
Susan B. Anthony • AKJ Education $4.59 1 $4.59
Cesar Chavez A Hero for Everyone • AKJ Education $4.54 1 $4.54
Malala A Hero for All • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
What Was the March on Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Helen Keller? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Cesar Chavez? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Susan B. Anthony? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Malala Yousafzai Champion for Education • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • AKJ Education $3.89 1 $3.89
Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Helen Keller courage in the dark • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
National Geographic Readers: Helen Keller (Level 2) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
National Geographic Readers: Nelson Mandela • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Sonia Sotomayor • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Scholastic Reader Level 3: When I Grow Up: Sonia Sotomayor • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Susan B. Anthony Fighter for Women's Rights • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

Materials cost

$404.61

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$37.02

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.07

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$477.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$84.30

Total project goal

$562.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$562.00

1 Donor

-$562.00

Donations toward project cost

-$477.70

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$84.30

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$0.00

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