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Ms. O'Gara from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Scientists Read!

My students need a variety of high-interest, accessible non-fiction texts, particularly connected to science topics.

  • $574 goal

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My Students

My fifth grade students are enthusiastic bilingual students. They are a group of diverse learners who are eager to learn and in engage in the world around them.

My students are first and second generation Latino students living in a vibrant low-income and working class neighborhood in Chicago.

Our school is a large, public neighborhood school dedicated to a bright future for our students. However, limited funding results in fewer resources and opportunities for our students. For my literacy-centered classroom, this means fewer books.

My Project

I believe that students see possibilities and impossibilities for their lives in the texts they encounter in school. My students deserve access to nonfiction texts that open their minds to science, and help them see a future for themselves in science fields.

Women of color continue to be the most underrepresented group in the science field.

My students currently have limited access to nonfiction texts, particularly nonfiction texts related to science topics. Furthermore, all of the books about scientists in my library are about white male scientists.

In this book collection, I have sought a variety of nonfiction books, including books about female change-makers and scientists, so that all of my students can see science as a possibility for their futures.

Ms. O'Gara
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Under Water, Under Earth • Amazon Business $20.65 1 $20.65
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration • Amazon Business $18.93 1 $18.93
Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Bees: A Honeyed History • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins • Amazon Business $16.92 1 $16.92
The Street Beneath My Feet • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration • Amazon Business $14.76 1 $14.76
A Boy and a Jaguar • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Monarch and Milkweed • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Giant Squid (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Africa Is Not A Country • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration (Extraordinary Migrations) • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Toilet: How It Works • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
Oh Rats!: The Story of Rats and People • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.76 1 $6.76
Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol: Bilingual Spanish-English • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Finding the First T. Rex (Totally True Adventures): How a Giant Meat-Eater was Dug Up... • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Kids Chapters: Diving With Sharks!: And More True Stories of Extreme Adventures! (NGK Chapters) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Extreme Laboratories (True Bookextreme Science) • Amazon Business $5.63 1 $5.63
Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • Amazon Business $4.22 1 $4.22
National Geographic Readers: Wildfires • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Ellis Island • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Curse of King Tut's Mummy (Totally True Adventures): How a Lost Tomb Was Found • Amazon Business $3.28 1 $3.28
National Geographic Readers: Skyscrapers (Level 3) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Amazing Animal Journeys • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
National Geographic Readers: Meteors • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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