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Ms. Exum from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Science and Literature Connections

My students need books with strong science connections to deepen their understanding and challenge their thinking.

  • $329 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Many of my students come from low-income households in a very urban community in North Carolina. My school is Title I where almost all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. Students may be facing tough situations at home, financial, social, or physical.

Yet, every day, they come to school ready and eager to learn.

They are greeted by passionate and caring teachers that put their heart and soul into every lesson they teach, academic and life lessons. I feel lucky to work with these teachers and students daily.

My Project

Part of my job is to work with kindergarten, first and second grade to enrich the curriculum and nurture critical thinking. One way that I do this is to supplement the science curriculum with various thinking skills like divergent and convergent thinking.

The books selected have a strong connection to each grade level's science curriculum and can be used to engage students, stimulate thought and jump start future learning.

Humans learn naturally through storytelling. Help my students learn about the states of matter through Snowballs by Lois Ehlert or living and nonliving things by reading Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse by Leo Lionni. These books will not only help them learn science concepts, it will prepare them to think deeply and critically about the world around them.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Milo and the Magical Stones • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Come On, Rain! • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Stellaluna • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
When Winter Comes • Amazon Business $11.47 1 $11.47
I Took a Walk • Amazon Business $11.15 1 $11.15
The Tiny Seed: Book & CD (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
The Magic Fan • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds (Explore!) • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Moonbear's Shadow • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (Rise and Shine) (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Rocks in My Pockets • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Empty Lot, The • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Fish is Fish • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Snowballs (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
The Listening Walk • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The First Strawberries (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Someday a Tree • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Gregory, the Terrible Eater • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
A Symphony of Whales • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Make Way for Ducklings • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Step Into Reading, Step 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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