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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 2)

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.

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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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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Clubhouse Mysteries Super Sleuth Collection: The Buried Bones Mystery; Lost in the Tunnel of Time; Shadows of Caesar's Creek; The Space Mission ... Animal Show; Stars and Sparks on Stage • Amazon Business $25.19 1 $25.19
CA612 - Create-Your-Own Passports - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 2 $23.98
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $16.72 1 $16.72
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Living in . . . Around the World Collection: Living in . . . Brazil; Living in . . . China; Living in . . . India; Living in . . . Italy; Living in . . . Mexico; Living in . . . South Africa • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Anyone Can Eat Squid! (Simply Sarah) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Boundless Grace (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Everybody Brings Noodles (Carolrhoda Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Patches and Scratches (Simply Sarah) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Encore, Grace! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Bravo, Grace! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is Magic • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Ellray Jakes Walks the Plank (EllRay Jakes, Book 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Hector's Hiccups (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Missing Mouse (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, Book 2 Incognito • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Living in . . . South Korea • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Living in . . . Australia • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Explorer • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Miami Jackson Sees It Through (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Starring Grace (Puffin Chapters) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Every Day Is Exciting (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Miami Jackson Makes the Play (A Stepping Stone Book) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Miami Gets It Straight (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.78 1 $4.78
EllRay Jakes Stands Tall • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29

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