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Ms. K. from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

People Who Make a Difference Social Studies Timeline

The cost of thirty books, including books about Rosa Parks and books about other historical figures, is $455, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $475 goal

This project expired on April 17, 2006.

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This year in my classroom, I am planning to implement a Social Studies curriculum that is based on the theme of “People Who Make a Difference.” I found that last year in my second grade classroom at Arbuckle Elementary School in San Jose, a huge gap in my instruction was Social Studies. This summer, after attending an amazing Social Studies methods class, I created a multicultural timeline that has three different types of people on it: human rights activists, artists, and scientists. Pictures of people like Cesar Chavez, Louis Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, and Eleanor Roosevelt are depicted alongside important historical events in our history. I hope that this timeline will give students a sense of how people and events have shaped our history while inspiring them to think about how their own life may one day end up shaping our history. I have the timeline and pictures of the people already, but in order to have an accessible curriculum for the students, I need the appropriate books that will complement the timeline. I have searched through great children's literature and have come up with a list of books that will serve as read-alouds, guided reading books, and independent reading books. The books will enable my students to do research projects and simply explore all the exciting people and events we will be learning about throughout the year. I have picked out 30 books for the year. These books will not only serve the 20 students in my class, but also the two other second grade classes at my school. The books are exciting and are at a variety of levels so that all students can enjoy the rich world of Social Studies. Social Studies instruction is an exciting gateway towards literacy. Social Studies instruction also allows students, even in second grade, to think about global issues and big ideas such has democracy and tolerance. I want to expose my students to the positive role models that exist in our society. These books will be an important step in allowing my students the opportunity to study the events and people that have shaped our world and to see how they may also make a difference.

Ms. K.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diego Rivera Adam R. Schaefer,A. R. Schaefer • Barnes and Noble $21.78 1 $21.78
This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie Elizabeth Partridge • Barnes and Noble $19.79 1 $19.79
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Christine King Farris, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
First Day in Grapes L. King Perez,Robert Casilla (Illustrator),Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride Pam Mu oz Ryan,Brian Selznick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks Faith Ringgold • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull,Yuyi Morales (Illustrator),Yuyi Morales (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.60 1 $13.60
Frida Jonah Winter,Frida Kahlo,Ana Juan (Illustrator),Ana Juan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges, Margo Lundell, Margo Lundell (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
A Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women Lynne Cheney, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
Cesar Chavez Lola M. Schaefer,Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.14 1 $13.14
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport,Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane Russell Freedman,Wilbur Wright,Orville Wright • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Russell Freedman • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Going Home Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? Jean Fritz,Margot Tomes (Illustrator),Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book Muriel L. Feelings, Tom Feelings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Frida Kahlo Mike Venezia • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Diego Rivera Mike Venezia,Meg Moss • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Encounter Jane Yolen, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution Kay Moore, Daniel O'Leary, Daniel O'Leary (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Frida Kahlo, The Artist Who Painted Herself (Smart About the Art Series) Margaret Frith,Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Marie Curie (History Makers Bios Series) Laura Hamilton Waxman,Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Benjamin Franklin? Dennis Brindell Fradin,John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
George Washington Carver Lynea Bowdish,Nanci R. Vargus • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists (Hello Reader! Science Series) Lynda Jones,Ron Garnett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage (TFK Biographies Series) Editors of TIME for Kids, With Renee Skelton • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers (I Can Read Chapter Book Series) George Shea,Don Bolognese (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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