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Mrs. Katz from Kannapolis NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Books Make STEM Hooks

Help me give my students STEM-themed picture books to inspire and motivate students before tackling a matching design challenge in class.

  • $167 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My STEM classrooms have diverse populations and I love it. The students are all colors, shapes, and sizes. They are bright, funny, energetic, and curious. The two schools I serve are Title I schools with over half of the student population qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

The students I teach face adversity in their daily lives, and they look forward to STEM class because they know that they will get to do hands-on activities.

In each lesson, they learn about something that will help them better understand the world or get to create something that solves a problem. Students work in pairs and groups to reinforce their interpersonal communication skills as well.

My Project

I am requesting a set of 8 books that I can use with in my classes. I will use these books to hook students interest in STEM, launch different design challenges, and teach positive character traits.

These text are themed to encourage perseverance, divergent thinking, and a growth mindset.

I also have specific design challenges to match each books. In, Perfect Square, by Michael Hall, a square of construction paper is transformed into many different objects by tearing, folding, cutting, and rearranging shapes and pieces. Student can then be challenged to create something using a single square of paper. This is perfect because it can vary based on the age and ability of the student. Younger students can create two dimensional objects while older students can construct something three dimensional with scissors and tape or try out some origami. This is also a perfect introduction to Tangram puzzles.

Mrs. Katz
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Wanna New Room • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
What Do You Do With an Idea? • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
If I Built a House • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ada Twist, Scientist • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Perfect Square • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Most Magnificent Thing • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
If I Built a Car • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56

Materials cost

$102.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$7.97

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.53

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$141.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$25.00

Total project goal

$166.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$166.64

1 Donor

-$166.64

Donations toward project cost

-$141.64

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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