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Mrs. M. from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Searching for Knowledge! Knowledge for College!

My students need Encyclopedias and atlases to use as reference materials.

  • $244 goal

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I am a second grade teacher in a low social economic level community of wonderful students who have a strong desire to learn, but lack the background knowledge and English skills. My students are very bright. However, writing, reading comprehension, inquiry, and reference skills always seem to be stumbling blocks where my students need reinforcement.

My students desperately need something to help them get excited about researching and writing! My goal is for them to walk in my classroom and be eager about learning and practicing writing skills. I am looking for a way to teach writing skills are a part of our state standards and are necessary for students to become successful writers. With writer's workshop, we get an opportunity to write in many different styles throughout the year. One style of writing we study and practice is non-fiction research reports. I brought to class some encyclopedias from home. However, these encyclopedias are not written for second grade readers and writers. Therefore, a set of children's encyclopedias would give greater access to information that my students could use in their reports.

A classroom set of children's encyclopedias would greatly serve my students in many ways. With these encyclopedias, my students would be able to find information, read it, and record it. We also looked through atlases to research about different countries and people that live there. Thus far, the adult encyclopedias and atlases have excited the students to no end with all the information they have found within. Much of this information, however, is inaccessible to my second grade students. The set of children's encyclopedias and atlases would allow them to access this information and understand and retain it.

You will make it possible for my students to access information that is fun and relevant to their research. This generous donation will set my students down a path that leads towards college. Research, writing, and reading are such a large part of the college curriculum and it is thus wise to begin preparing them for this endeavor one step at a time.

Mrs. M.
Grades PreK-2
  • Anthony P. Russo Academy
  • San Jose, CA

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scholastic Atlas of the United States David Rubel • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
DK First Encyclopedia Mary Ling (Editor), Manufactured by D K Publishing • Barnes and Noble $15.29 5 $76.45
Atlas of the World (Children's Reference w/ Lenticular Cover Series) Keith Lye, Philip Steele • Barnes and Noble $8.98 1 $8.98
National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers, Third Edition Manufactured by National Geographic • Barnes and Noble $19.96 1 $19.96
United States Atlas for Young Explorers Priyanka Lamichhane (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $19.96 1 $19.96
DK First Atlas Anita Ganeri, Chris Oxlade • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Scholastic Atlas of the World Scholastic Inc. Staff, Jane Walker • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65

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