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Mrs. Hill from Salinas CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Education Needs Exciting, Award Winning Books

My students need books that align to our new English Language Arts curriculum like Dinomummy, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Camping Trip That Changed America and Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine.

  • $299 goal

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My Students

I teach a special education class of kinder through sixth graders. They spend a part of the day with me and part with same age peers. My classroom is in rural California and many of my students' families work in the fields of the agricultural industry.

My students, however, dream of being police officers, doctors, and teachers.

As economically disadvantaged and learning disabled students, the odds are stacked against them. The neighborhood where our school is located is notorious for gang violence. School is one of the only safe places for our students. I also teach migrant children after school and work with home/hospital students who are too ill to come to school.

My Project

Benchmark Education is our new English Language curriculum that our district has adopted for next school year. It has some great parts like introducing key text types and literacy skills through shared reading and explicit instruction. Literary big books engage students in enjoying stories and learning to read fiction. Content area big books build non-fiction comprehension and academic knowledge.

However, there is an extensive list of read alouds that align to specific lessons and units and I have only a handful of the needed books.

It will be difficult to acquire all these books for all six of the grades in my special education classroom. This project is specifically for the books on the second grade list, as the majority of my class is reading at a first grade level and these books will provide a challenge for growing readers. It is important to have this content be accessible to my students.

Mrs. Hill
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dinomummy • Amazon Business $32.93 1 $32.93
Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
The First Drawing • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks • Amazon Business $14.78 1 $14.78
Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Mammoths on the Move • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Wolves Are Back • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
All the Water in the World • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
World War Two Explained for Kids: The English Reading Tree • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Strega Nona Meets Her Match • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Discovery in the Cave (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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