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Ms. Palmer from Charlottesville VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Read, Reflect, Rise: Books About Strong Women

Help me give my students books about girls and women who are strong role models.

  • $341 goal

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My Students

Our school in Charlottesville, Virginia is a wonderfully diverse place. We welcome families from all over the world and have over 30 different languages spoken by students at our school. It is also a low-income school with about 80% of our students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals.

We are proud to work together as learners each day.

We want our students to honor diversity, to persevere when things feel difficult, and to understand their roles as citizens in our community now and for years to come.

My Project

My students and I need books about strong women. We need books about women in history that changed the world. We need books about modern day women making a difference. We need books about friendship and girls showing empathy. I am working with a carefully selected girls book club in upper elementary this year, and this is what we are studying.

Students will read about women like Malala Yousafzai, Sojourner Truth, and Serena Williams, as well as considering the character traits of strong female fictional characters like Dyamonde Daniel and Zita.

Through discussion and writing, students will reflect on the character traits each person exhibit and how those positive traits help them reach their goals. I am building an entire unit of study - one that will last several weeks - on this pattern of reading and reflecting on these female role models. My hope is that the girls in the group reflect on their own traits and that they find support and encouragement to reach for their own goals by reading the stories of other strong girls and women.

Ms. Palmer
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Princesses Wear Pants • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Dear Girl, • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Zita the Spacegirl • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Superheroes Are Everywhere • Amazon Business $12.38 1 $12.38
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl • Amazon Business $9.53 1 $9.53
Princesses Save the World • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Not Me! (I Like to Read) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Grace (I Like to Read) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Notebook Doodles Go Girl!: Coloring & Activity Book (Design Originals) 30 Inspiring Designs; Beginner-Friendly Empowering Art Activities for Tweens, on High-Quality Extra-Thick Perforated Paper • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25
Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Class Act #2 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
I Will Try (I Like to Read) • Amazon Business $5.90 1 $5.90
Dance, Dance, Dance!: A Horse and Buggy Tale (I Like to Read) • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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