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Mrs. Vavere from Caledonia MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Researching Diverse Heroes

My students need a variety of books to research African American heroes.

  • $231 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My fifth graders have come to my classroom from all around the world. Students have come to our district from over 60 different counties and speak over 70 different languages!

They are extremely curious and ready to learn!

I have an amazing group of 27 excited fifth graders with very diverse learning needs - from students with special needs to English language learners, gifted students, and everything in between. My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds- ethnically, socioeconomically, and geographically.

My Project

My students will be working on a project where they will be focused on researching African American heroes. Having the right resources in my classroom will allow my diverse group of students to see themselves reflected in literature. I am so excited that this project will give each of my students an opportunity to learn about someone different!

I have chosen a number of texts at a variety of levels.

For example, "I am Harriet Tubman" is a text that may be appropriate for lower level readers and more accessible for my English Language Learners. On the other hand, texts such as "Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" will challenge some of my higher lexile readers. Students will be using their research to complete an informational biography project and will present their research to the rest of our class!

Mrs. Vavere
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Streetcar to Justice • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Life in Motion • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Chasing Space Young Readers Edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Remember My Name My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
I am Harriet Tubman • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Arctic Explorer The Story of Matthew Henson • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Voice of Freedom A Story About Frederick Douglass • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Satchel Paige • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Mary McLeod Bethune • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Gifted Hands The Ben Carson Story, Kids Edition • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wilma Unlimited How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
Bessie Coleman • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Thurgood Marshall • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

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