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  • $350 goal

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Ms. Keane
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Researching Native American Life

My students need 33 fiction and non-fiction book titles for a research unit addressing Native American history and culture.

My 3rd grade scholars (most of whom are English language learners and first generation students) have rich cultural traditions that we integrate into our classroom community regularly. They are fascinated and curious about other cultures and have demonstrated interest in learning about other traditions and ways of life. A Social Studies unit investigating early Native American life and history will give them an opportunity to learn about other cultures, and will provide them with an opportunity to begin to develop research skills and deepen their understanding of report writing through self-selection of a topic.

While research projects provide students with autonomy and produce high interest and engagement in learning, without the essential materials, students cannot fully execute searches that enhance their learning. Because of limited access and a short supply of classroom computers, students cannot rely exclusively on the Internet to help facilitate their studies. Furthermore, our library is limited in its titles that address the topics of daily life and cultural practices of Native Americans. Without a supply of good, up to date literature that students can access daily during the unit, research into their topics will be challenging and unlikely to provide them with a meaningful learning experience.

My students need fiction and non-fiction book titles to facilitate a personal inquiry on an aspect of Native American life. The range of selected titles supports the California Social Studies Content Standards that students are expected to master for this unit and covers a broad range of topics. Through read-alouds, discussion and self-selection of books, students will be able to find answers to their inquiry questions and use those to support their research and report writing. These selections will also be paired with reading from the adopted curriculum’s textbook, which will help students to gather facts and information for their report writing.

In a time of “high-stakes” testing, subjects like socials studies often go by the wayside in the name of math and language arts. It is imperative that students understand the history of their country and local communities and hone research skills that will keep them academically competitive and prepare them for the demands of secondary education. It is possible to teach reading and writing through the lens of social studies using good literature. Your help will ensure that my students are able to develop a joy of learning through personal inquiry and meet the needs of the whole-child, not just those prescribed through math and language arts.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
American Indian Foods Jay Miller • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Dancing with the Indians Angela Shelf Medearis, Samuel Byrd (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Mud Pony: A Traditional Skidi Pawnee Tale Caron Lee Cohen, Shonto W. Begay (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Rough-Face Girl Rafe Martin, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Trail of Tears Bruchac • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Eagle Song (Puffin Chapters Series) Joseph Bruchac, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Guests Michael Dorris • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
If You Lived with the Sioux Indians McGovern, Beatrice Darwin (Illustrator), Jean Syverud Drew (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Navajo Long Walk Nancy M. Armstrong, Paulette Livers Lambert, Paulette Livers Lambert (Illustrator), Paulette Livers-Lambert (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Pocahontas and the Strangers Clyde Robert Bulla, Peter Burchard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving Joyce K. Kessel, Lisa Donze (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims Clyde Robert Bulla, Richard Williams (Illustrator), Peter Buchard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Stone Fox John Reynolds Gardiner, Marcia Sewall, Marcia Sewall (Illustrator), Marcia Sewall (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
American Indian Families Jay Miller • Barnes and Noble $22.50 1 $22.50
American Indian Families Jay Miller • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
American Indian Festivals Jay Miller • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
American Indian Games Jay Miller • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Native American Crafts of the Plains and Plateau Judith Hoffman Corwin, Judith Hoffman Corwin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
If You Lived with the Hopi Indians, Vol. 1 Kamma, A. P. Koedt, Linda Gardner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Giving Thanks Jonathan London, Gregory Manchess (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message Jake Swamp, Erwin Printup (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons Joseph Bruchac, Thomas Locker (Illustrator), With Jonathan London • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
North American Indian (Eyewitness Books Series) David Murdoch, DK Publishing, Lynton Gardiner (Photographer), Manufactured by DK Publishing, Stanley A. Freed • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
If You Lived with the Indians of the Northwest Coast Kamma, Pamela Johnson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The World Before This One Rafe Martin, Calvin Nicholls • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Pueblo Storyteller Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Sitting Bull Peter Roop, Connie Roop • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
A Picture Book of Sacagawea David A. Adler, Dan Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Shawnee Alice K. Flanagan, Brendan January (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Lakota Sioux Andrew Santella • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story Retold by Joseph Bruchac, Anna Vojtech, Anna Vojtech (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Pocahontas George Sullivan • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49

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