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

Reading about Our World

My students need different genres of books.

  • $717 goal

This project expired on February 2, 2011.

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My Students

My students need access to a wide array of different kinds of books in our classroom. They have access to a limited number of books at home and need to be exposed to as many different kinds of books as possible. Biographies and legends are two such genres which would help our classroom library.

My students attend a Title 1 low-income school.

The majority of my students are English language learners and need a wide array of reading opportunities in the classroom. Many of my students are struggling readers and need the opportunity to read books that are slightly less challenging than "grade level" textbooks so that they can improve and advance in their reading achievement. They are eager learners and would love to research important and relevant topics.

My Project

I have requested two different kinds of genres for the classroom. I am requesting a classroom library of biographies of "heroes" who have truly made a difference in the lives of others. We study Rosa Parks in our reading anthology and our first theme of the year is Risks and Consequences. Rosa Parks exemplifies someone who took a risk in her life and created a thunderstorm of consequences that truly effected many others. I would like my students to research others like her and be inspired to take similar risks (however big or small) to be leaders in their own lives and help others as a result. Fourth graders learn to write informational reports and writing a report on a "hero" is the purpose of this project. On another note, fourth graders also learn about imaginative literature and study legends. Having access to a great collection of legends give the students a wonderful opportunity to truly understand the genre and enjoy the many beautiful legends that have been written.

An expanded classroom library is so critical to helping improve the reading skills of my students.

They are eager to read and simply need access to solid instruction plus quality books in the classroom library. Expanding our library by including biographies and legends will give my students diverse reading and research writing opportunities. Your support will truly make a difference in allowing my students to enjoy great books.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Vol. 1 Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 5 $25.60
The Story of Ruby Bridges Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks Faith Ringgold, Faith Ringgold (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Rosa Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Carole Boston Weatherford, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, With Renee Skelton • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Jackie Robinson: Strong Inside and Out (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, With Denise Lewis Patrick • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
American Indian Biographies: Chief Joseph, 1840-1904 Mary Englar, Tom Colonnese • Barnes and Noble $20.51 1 $20.51
First Biographies: Abraham Lincoln Barbara Knox, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor), Thomas F. Schwartz • Barnes and Noble $15.13 1 $15.13
Gandhi (DK Biography Series) Primo Levi, Amy Pastan • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Helen Keller: A Photo-Illustrated Biography Muriel L. Dubois, Keller Johnson-Thompson • Barnes and Noble $18.38 1 $18.38
John F. Kennedy: A Photographic Story of a Life (DK Biography Series) Howard S. Kaplan, Manufactured by Dorling Kindersley Publishing • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Nelson Mandela (DK Biography Series) Lenny Hort, Laaren Brown • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Jackie Robinson (On My Own Biography Series) Sally M. Walker, Rodney S. Pate (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
John Muir (Rookie Biographies Series) Wil Mara, Katharine A. Kane, Nanci R. Vargus • Barnes and Noble $4.22 1 $4.22
Rosa Parks (Photo-Illustrated Biographies Series) Muriel L. Dubois, Thomas J. Davis • Barnes and Noble $19.36 1 $19.36
John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Time for Kids Magazine, With Ritu Upadhyay • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Who Was Helen Keller? Gare Thompson, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Pioneer (Time For Kids Biographies Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Time for Kids Magazine (Editor), With Karen Kellaher • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama Garen Thomas • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book), Vol. 3 Johanna Hurwitz • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time David Oliver Relin, Greg Mortenson, Adapted by Sarah Thomson • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Who is Barack Obama? Roberta Edwards, John O'Brien (Illustrator), Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Cesar Chavez Susan Eddy • Barnes and Noble $17.52 1 $17.52
A Picture Book of Helen Keller David A. Adler, John Wallner (Illustrator), Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.34 1 $15.34
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.62 1 $11.62
Listening to Crickets: A Story About Rachel Carson Candice F. Ransom, Shelly O. Haas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $18.35 1 $18.35
Mae Jemison Eric Braun • Barnes and Noble $14.75 1 $14.75
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Civil Rights Leader M.C. Hall • Barnes and Noble $23.14 1 $23.14
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend Jerrie Oughton, Lisa Desimini (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Frog Princess: A Tlingit Legend From Alaska Eric A. Kimmel, Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator), Retold by Eric A. Kimmel • Barnes and Noble $13.76 1 $13.76
The Great Canoe: A Karina Legend Maria Elena Maggi, Gloria Calderon (Illustrator), Elisa Amado (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $13.63 1 $13.63
Rabbit and the Moon Douglas Wood, Leslie Baker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.54 1 $10.54
Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest Gerald McDermott, As Told by Gerald McDermott • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Anansi and the Magic Stick Eric A. Kimmel, Janet Stevens (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Anansi and the Talking Melon Retold by Eric A. Kimmel, Janet Stevens (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon Gerald McDermott • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Ed Young, Ed Young (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Rainbow Crow : A Lenape Tale Nancy Van Laan, Beatriz Vidal (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale of How Fire Came to the People Jonathan London, Chronicle Books, Lanny Pinola • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Legend of the Lady Slipper Retold by Lise Lunge-Larsen, Andrea Arroyo (Illustrator), Retold by Margi Preus • Barnes and Noble $12.82 1 $12.82
How Rabbit Lost His Tail: A Traditional Cherokee Legend Deborah L. Duvall, Murv Jacob (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.14 1 $12.14
Lord of the Animals: A Native American Creation Myth Fiona French • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Coyote Steals the Blanket Retold by Janet Stevens, Janet Stevens (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Grandmother Spider Brings the Sun: A Cherokee Story Geri Keams • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began Emmett Shkeme Garcia, Victoria Pringle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.64 1 $13.64
Soft Child: How Rattlesnake Got Its Fangs Joe Hayes, Kay Sather, Kay Sather (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
Coyote Places the Stars Harriet Peck Taylor, Harriet Peck Taylor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
How Raven Freed the Moon (Sixth Printing) Anne Cameron, Tara Miller (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story Joseph and James Bruchac, Ariane Dewey (Illustrator), Jose Aruego (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
How the Rattlesnake Got Its Rattle Jeffrey Stoodt, Anthony C. Emerson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.92 1 $7.92

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