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Ms. Boylan from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Learn Social Studies (Part 1)

My students need 29 books at many different levels about ecosystems, climates, and landforms in California so that students can be immersed in this new social studies unit.

  • $415 goal

This project expired on February 21, 2011.

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My Students

"Our cousins live in Los Angeles, but I live in California." "I went to the snow once." "Where is the ocean?" These are all questions I get in my 4th grade classroom. Students have not been taught about the resources in their own backyard!

I teach 4th grade at a charter school in a diverse and impoverished, but vibrant neighborhood.

All of my students are language learners who work hard to learn to read and write fluently in academic English. Despite the odds, we believe all of our children will graduate from college!

My Project

Traditionally, our school has not taught much social studies and science because those are not tested at the end of the year. This year, we are committed to integrating science and social studies into our literacy instruction so that our children will truly be college-ready. In order to make this happen, I need to have more concept-rich books in my classroom library to use for whole-class shared reading and for students’ independent research. The first social studies unit we will cover is California Geography, which will include investigations into the many regions in California. I need books at many different levels about ecosystems, climates, and landforms in California so that students can be immersed in this new social studies unit.

I believe my students have an incredible gift to be bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural.

My hope is to create a learning environment that nourishes their inherent gifts and allows them to access the rocky terrain through the halls of academia. These books will build the foundation of that success as they learn to love reading and discussing and sharing content-rich books.

Ms. Boylan
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Desert Sheila Rivera • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
One Day in the Desert Jean Craighead George, Fred Brenner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
I Live in the Desert Gini Holland • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Living in Deserts Tea Benduhn • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Sterling Point Books: Stampede for Gold: The Story of the Klondike Rush Pierre Berton • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Tale of Gold Thelma Hatch Wyss • Barnes and Noble $14.52 1 $14.52
Death Valley National Park David Petersen • Barnes and Noble $21.37 1 $21.37
Surviving Death Valley: Desert Adaptation Pamela J. Dell, Lynn F. Fenstermaker • Barnes and Noble $21.64 1 $21.64
The World's Most Amazing Coasts Anna Claybourne • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Earth's Coasts Bobbie Kalman • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
James Cook: The Pacific Coast and Beyond R. a. Beales • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
The California Coast (Stories from Where We Live Series) Sara St. Antoine, Sara St Antoine • Barnes and Noble $9.35 1 $9.35
The Chumash: Seafarers of the Pacific Coast Karen Bush Gibson • Barnes and Noble $20.51 1 $20.51
Central Coast Missions in California June Behrens • Barnes and Noble $23.87 1 $23.87
Southern Coast Missions in California Nancy Lemke • Barnes and Noble $23.87 1 $23.87
Sierra Diane Siebert, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Wagon Train, Vol. 2 S. A. Kramer, Sydelle A. Kramer, Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
In My State Mari C. Schuh • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
California Experience Pocket Guide Carole Marsh • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Hello USA California Kathy Pelta • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
California "Jography": A Fun Run Thru Our State! Carole Marsh • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
California (From Sea to Shining Sea Series) Teresa Kennedy, Melissa N. Matusevich, Linda Copper • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Child's California Dan Harder, Lawrence Migdale, Lawrence Migdale (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $7.56 1 $7.56
All Around California: Regions and Resources Mir Tamim Ansary • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
California Laura La Bella • Barnes and Noble $10.04 1 $10.04
California (World Almanac Library Series) Michael Martin, Scott Ingram • Barnes and Noble $10.21 1 $10.21
Welcome to Yosemite National Park Pamela J. Dell • Barnes and Noble $20.56 1 $20.56
Snowshoe Thompson: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Nancy Smiler Levinson, Joan Sandin (Illustrator), Joan Sandin (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
John Muir (Rookie Biographies Series) Wil Mara, Katharine A. Kane, Nanci R. Vargus • Barnes and Noble $4.22 1 $4.22

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