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Ms. Heidi from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Passports: Exploring the World Through Books (Part 1)

Help me give my students passport art kits and books that encourage empathy by engaging them in stories with diverse characters and cultures from around the world.

  • $349 goal

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My Students

Hi, I'm a lower Elementary, Montessori-trained teacher within a public school. My students are curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn. Many of them come from low income homes, but this doesn't stop them from coming to school with smiles on their faces. I am proud to be a part of an urban school district that offers Montessori education as an option to all families. It is amazing to see how my students can progress academically through this hands-on approach to learning.

My Project

One of my classroom goals this year is to introduce more books that encourage empathy and kindness. Empathy allows students to: give consideration to the thoughts and ideas of other people, complete group work more effectively, innovate via collaboration, think about the social/emotional consequences of their choices, and overall be better & kinder human beings.

My plan focuses on providing access to a wider selection of books that feature a protagonist who is a person of color, part of a family that comes from a different country, or is someone struggling with something that makes them feel different.

In conjunction with reading these books, I would like my students to keep a reading passport, which will be similar to a type of reading log/visual journal. For each story they read, they will be asked to fill out a 2 page spread in their passport with the following images:

(1) The flag of the country the character (or his/her family) lives in or was born in; if this detail is unknown, a picture of a physical landmark mentioned in the story.

(2) A picture that illustrates something that makes one of the characters special/unique.

(3) A picture that illustrates something that my student has in common with that same character.

At the end of the day, my hope for this project is to get my students to reflect a little more on the stories, through art, by acknowledging the differences among us while emphasizing the fundamental things we have in common.

This project includes a wide variety of books with diverse characters and 2 sets of passport art kits for them to log the books they read.

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

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
CA612 - Create-Your-Own Passports - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 2 $23.98
Zoey and Sassafras Books 1-6 Pack • Amazon Business $21.41 1 $21.41
Lulu Boxed Set #1-6 • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Case of the Haunted Haunted House (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Everybody Serves Soup (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Purple Pool (Book 7) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Missing Moose (Book 6) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Diamonds in the Desk (Book 8) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Amazing Zelda (Book 4) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Stinky Socks (Book 1) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Case of the Locked Box (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) (Milo & Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
The Case of the Poisoned Pig (Book 2) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) • Amazon Business $6.76 1 $6.76
The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $6.67 1 $6.67
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Election Madness (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Stories Huey Tells (Stepping Stone, paper) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Abuela's Special Letters (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
More Stories Huey Tells (Stepping Stone, paper) • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Freddie Ramos Rules New York (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Living in . . . Russia • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Living in . . . Egypt • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Painter • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
My Fantástica Family (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
The Case of the Elevator Duck (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
Living in . . . India • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$262.46

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.94

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$296.40

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$52.31

Total project goal

$348.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$348.71

2 Donors

-$174.36

Donations toward project cost

-$148.21

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.15

match offer

-$174.34

Match offer toward project cost

-$148.19

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.15

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$0.00

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