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Mrs. Baxter from Champaign IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Struggling Readers Learn Social Studies

My students need 40+ books to explore Social Studies topics at their reading levels (ages 5-12).

  • $431 goal

This project expired on January 7, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever tried to read something in your Social Studies book and it was at too high a level to understand? This is the frustration that I had last year.

Many of my students are not reading at grade level and are pulled out for reading support.

This affects them in all areas, including Social Studies. When you are reading at a 1st grade reading level many people feel that you will not be able to learn like everyone else. I want to change that idea and turn all my students into successful critical thinkers of Social Studies no matter what level the student reads at.

My Project

I want to empower my students with text that is easily readable for them. This building of success will transfer in every area of learning. Specifically, the books will be used in conjunction with centers that were established my first year of teaching social studies. The lower level readers were the students that struggled and this will ensure more success for these students. A little success gives a mile of motivation!

This project is important because my district has full inclusion as a practice and this now includes Social Studies.

The funding to support these students were not offered. It is my duty as their teacher to help make Social Studies real for ALL students, including the low readers.

Mrs. Baxter
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Maya Naida Kirkpatrick • Barnes and Noble $28.09 1 $28.09
The Bill of Rights Christine Taylor-Butler • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
The Inca Charles George, Linda George • Barnes and Noble $11.84 1 $11.84
The Aztecs Anita Ganeri, Carl Lyons (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $25.06 1 $25.06
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien (Illustrator), Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
States and Capitals (Flash Kids Flash Cards) Flash Kids Editors • Barnes and Noble $2.51 3 $7.53
American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Research Guide Series) Natalie Pope Boyce, Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Who Was George Washington? Roberta Edwards, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), True Kelley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Lincoln: A Photobiography Russell Freedman • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution Kay Moore, Daniel O'Leary (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
We the Kids: A Preamble to The Constitution of The United States David Catrow, David Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
We the People: The Story of Our Constitution Lynne Cheney, Greg Harlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Trail of Tears Joseph Bruchac • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy Jim Murphy • Barnes and Noble $6.72 1 $6.72
If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 Ann Mcgovern, Anna DeVito (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Escape North!: The Story of Harriet Tubman Monica Kulling, Teresa Flavin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America Anne Kamma, Pamela Johnson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Sacagawea: American Pathfinder (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) Flora Warren Seymour, Peter Roop, Flora W. Seymour, Robert Doremus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Sacajawea: Her True Story Joyce Milton, Shelly Hehenberger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
The Fourth of July Story Alice Dalgliesh, Marie Nonnast (Illustrator), Marie Nonast (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon Ellen Levine, Elroy Freem (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer! Jacqueline Morley, David Antram (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President Shirley Raye Redmond, John Manders (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark David A. Adler, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Story of the Statue of Liberty Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Bill of Rights : Protecting Our Freedom Then and Now Syl Sobel J.D. • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Liberty or Death: The American Revolution: 1763-1783 Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.41 1 $15.41
John Brown: His Fight for Freedom John Hendrix • Barnes and Noble $15.39 1 $15.39
The Declaration of Independence Elaine Landau • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1689-1763 Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.41 1 $15.41
You Wouldn?t Want to Sail on the Mayflower! A Trip That Took Entirely Too Long Peter Cook, Kevin Whelan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag John Herman, Robin Roraback (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Red, White, Blue and Uncle Who?: The Story Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols Teresa Bateman, John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.48 1 $14.48
George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides Rosalyn Schanzer • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C Harcourt, Inc, Richard Brown (Illustrator), Adapted by Miriam Chernick • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
Revolutionary War on Wednesday (Magic Tree House Series #22) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
The American Revolution from A to Z Laura Crawford, Judith Hierstein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.94 1 $12.94
The 13 Colonies: A New Life in a New World! Carole Marsh • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Declaration of Independence: How 13 Colonies Became the United States Syl Sobel J.D. • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97

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