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Ms. Robinson from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Second Graders Eager to Explore Their World Through Books

The cost of assorted dictionaries, children's encyclopedias, atlases, and other non-fiction materials is $479, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I teach second grade at a small Title I early childhood school in the Bronx. The students in my classroom are twenty-five exceptionally bright, eager learners. Literacy instruction in the New York City public schools tends to dominate most of the day, leaving little time for science and social studies. Typically, most of the literacy time is spend with students reading in various groupings and responding to the books they read through writing. This year, I'm hoping to broaden my students' experience of literacy by teaching inter-disciplinary units on science and social studies topics that they will study, explore, and respond to in a vareity of ways. Unfortunately, my school has few computers, no internet access in most rooms, and a total of about ten reference books for the entire school. Thus, if I want my students to create projects on topics such as the rainforest, immigration and outer space, they need high quality, age-appropriate reference materials at their disposal. I am asking for a collection of dictionaries, children's encyclopedias, atlases, and other non-fiction reference materials. With the materials in my classroom, I can teach my students valuable research skills. With these skills and these materials, they will be able to access information about the world outside of the Bronx, and they will come to see literacy as valuable not only for the experience of reading a good story, but also as a key source of information. I have discussed topics for these units with my students and they are overwhelmingly excited for to explore these new topics and ideas. I look forward to all of the learning these materials will bring, as well as the looks of joy and excitment on their faces when I bring out these books and tell them that we really will be able to explore the topics that excite them so much.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DK Space Encyclopedia Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest • Barnes and Noble $26.99 1 $26.99
Animal Encyclopedia Barbara Taylor, Jayne Parsons (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $26.99 1 $26.99
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia Manufactured by National Geographic Society • Barnes and Noble $26.95 1 $26.95
Illustrated Wildlife Encyclopedia: Animal Planet Michael Chinery • Barnes and Noble $22.49 1 $22.49
Rainforest Melissa S. Cole, Melissa Cole, Pat Leeson (Photographer), Tom Leeson (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $21.33 1 $21.33
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times James McPherson, Foreword by James M. McPherson • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Scholastic Children's Encyclopedia Scholastic • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954 to 1968 Diane McWhorter • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States David Catrow, David Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration Betsy Maestro, Susannah Ryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space Jacqueline Mitton, Simon Mitton • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Rainforest ( DK Revealed Series) Jen Green • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures John Malam, Steve Parker • Barnes and Noble $8.98 1 $8.98
First Encyclopedia of Space Paul Dowswell, Dowswell, Bro, Gary Bines (Illustrator), David Hancock (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
First Encyclopedia of Our World Felicity Brooks, Susannah Owen, David Hancock (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
First Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life: Internet Linked Sam Taplin, David Hancock (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Immigrant Kids Russell Freedman • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks Faith Ringgold, Faith Ringgold (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Don't Know Much About the 50 States Kenneth C. Davis, Renee Andriani (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
How the U. S. Government Works Syl Sobel, Pam Tanzey • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Picture Book of Jackie Robinson David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Tropical Rainforests Allen M. Young, Judith Huf (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The The. U.S. Constitution and You Syl Sobel, Denise Gilgannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Story of Ruby Bridges Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Ellis Island Richard Conrad Stein, R. Conrad Stein • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Rosa Parks Kathleen Kudlinski, Meryl Henderson, Meryl Henderson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Jackie Robinson: Young Sports Trailblazer (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) Herb Dunn, Meryl Henderson, Meryl Henderson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a Dream (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) Dharathula H. Millender, Al Fiorentino (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49

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