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  • $855 goal

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Ms. Israel
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Reading Nonfiction To Read The World

My students need nonfiction texts on a wide range of topics and at a wide range of reading levels. They also need a lamp for our classroom library.

My Students

Yes, the students at my school represent historically underserved groups; ninety-two percent are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and for more than half, English is not their first language. But I’m not telling you this to elicit sympathy. Rather, I’m saying this because these statistics show that our students are truly inspiring! While speaking another language at home and representing diverse populations is on the one hand a precious gift, it also presents daily challenges for the students at my school. Yet, despite this, the students show up each day. It is our responsibility to provide them a safe place to learn, grow, problem-solve, and thrive.

The thing is, students are innately and intensely curious about the world in which they live.

They are pioneers and explorers, ready to discover new things. They want to know about who they are and why they are. They want to get lost in a book and journey to new places, whether it’s another country, a civil rights protest, or Hogwart’s. These learning experiences are extremely empowering. Providing them with these tools and opportunities is also simply a matter of equity. Our students don’t just deserve these educational experiences, it is their right as children.

My Project

One of my favorite reading units in fifth grade is the Argument and Advocacy unit. In this unit, students study debatable and controversial topics, such as, "Should plastic water bottles and bags be banned?" Or, "Should people boycott zoos?" Concomitant to this reading unit is the Research Based Argument Essay writing unit, in which students write argument essays about something in their community they feel strongly about (an issue or injustice they feel is present), backing up their claim not just with opinion, but also (and mostly) with concrete facts and evidence. These units are perhaps the most empowering of the reading and writing units of the year, especially when they happen in conjunction with one another.

More than exposing students to particular topics in the reading unit, and teaching them how to research using valid sources and backing up their claims, these units support an even more valuable lesson: that these students have a voice that must be heard.

Learning how to critically read multiple sides of an argument, analyze authors' perspective and biases, and then draw one's own conclusions and opinions are skills that are critical for understanding the world. They are also skills that are critical for advocating for oneself and for one's community.

The books in this project will help my students harness these skills as well as help equip them with a critical reading lens. With these books, the students will analyze and critic a range of topics, culminating in debates with other students in the class. They will also present their opinions via panel discussions in front of other students at the school, the administration, and students' families.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TIME FOR KIDS® Informational Text Grade 3 Readers 30-Book Set (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $269.70 1 $269.70
Mint Floor Lamp with Reading Light - 72" • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Orcas • AKJ Education $20.66 1 $20.66
The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $16.53 1 $16.53
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
The Truth About Great White Sharks • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $4.79 2 $9.58
Scholastic Discover More: Sharks • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Seymour Simon's Extreme Oceans • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
See How They Go: Motorcycle • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
You Wouldn't Want to Climb Mount Everest!: A Deadly Journey to the Top of the World • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Amazing Animals: Killer Whales • AKJ Education $8.09 1 $8.09
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You'd Rather Not Go On (You Wouldn't Want to...) • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
Orcas • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
DK Eyewitness Books: Space Exploration • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Can You Survive Extreme Mountain Climbing?: An Interactive Survival Adventure (You Choose: Survival) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Extreme Skateboarding (Extreme Sports No Limits!) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Space Exploration • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau • Amazon Business $6.23 1 $6.23
Cool BMX Racing Facts (Cool Sports Facts) • Amazon Business $6.20 1 $6.20
Orcas • AKJ Education $6.02 1 $6.02
Garbage and Recycling Environmental Facts and Experiments • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Oceans: Dolphins, sharks, penguins, and more! • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50
Killer Whales See more readers level 1 • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
Extreme Sports (Extreme Sports No Limits!) • Amazon Business $5.30 1 $5.30
Yes, She Can!: Women's Sports Pioneers (Good Sports) • Amazon Business $5.20 1 $5.20
Zoo • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Oceanography The Study of Oceans • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Extreme Wakeboarding • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Extreme Surfing • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
National Geographic Kids Everything Sharks: All the shark facts, photos, and fun that you can sink your teeth into • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Should There Be Zoos: A Persuasive Text • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Terror Below! (All Aboard Science Reader) • Amazon Business $4.80 1 $4.80
The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63
Mountains • Amazon Business $4.38 1 $4.38
Incredible Sharks See More Readers Level 1 • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Do Sharks Eat For Dinner?: Questions and Answers about Sharks • Amazon Business $4.36 1 $4.36
The Down-to-Earth Guide To Global Warming • Amazon Business $4.36 1 $4.36
3-D Thrillers: Sharks and the World's Scariest Sea Monsters • Amazon Business $4.18 1 $4.18
DK Readers: Danger on the Mountain -- Scaling the World's Highest Peaks (Level 4: Proficient Readers) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
DK Readers: Extreme Sports (Level 3: Reading Alone) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Sharks! (Time For Kids) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark • Amazon Business $3.75 1 $3.75
Danger on the Mountain Scaling the World's Highest Peaks • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Baby Panda Is Born • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Trip to the Zoo • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
To the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) • Amazon Business $3.52 1 $3.52
Shark Attack! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
I Want to Be a Zookeeper • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

Materials cost

$629.02

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$57.56

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.44

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$726.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$128.12

Total project goal

$854.14

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$854.14

1 Donor

-$854.14

Donations toward project cost

-$726.02

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$128.12

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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This project will reach 31 students.

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