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Ms. Irvin from China Grove NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Super Science Graphic Novels for English Learners!

Help me give my students high-interest graphic novels to increase their science content knowledge!

  • $238 goal

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My Students

My students are elementary English as a Second Language students in a rural, public school in North Carolina. We are an A+ Arts school, so most of our lesson have a visual arts, dance, or music component. Most of my students speak Spanish at home, and all of them are eager to learn. They love to wiggle and move, and we rarely have a day when they're expected to sit still through an entire lesson. They love group work and collaborating with classmates to create something special. Usually, you'll find them spread out on the floor working or huddled around a group of chairs.

Like all children, my students love to work together with partners and friends, and they are very creative when given the chance to make something!

Writing assignments are so much more engaging when students have an arts component to support their understanding. We almost always have an art component integrated with the content of what we're learning. I let students take books home to supplement the books they get from their classrooms. Most of my students don't have access to quality literature at home, and many of their parents only read in Spanish.

My Project

Many of my students are very interested in science concepts. In their regular classrooms, they conduct experiments and inquire about how things work. In our ESL class, we often reinforce those same concepts by emphasizing academic vocabulary and learning more about special areas of interest.

I have a very popular collection of take-home books that my students are able to read on the bus, at home, and in class.

Some students read and check out a new book every single day! Graphic novels are their absolute favorite, but most of the graphic novels I have are fiction. They need more exposure to nonfiction material because those concepts are often more difficult to master for ELs because of the specific vocabulary used. Graphic novels make it easier to grasp new vocabulary by using pictures with text. Even though some of these texts have fictional characters and plots, they use academic vocabulary and examine true scientific concepts.

Ms. Irvin
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
Science Comics: Cars: Engines That Move You • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Knights of the Lunch Table: No. 1 (The Dodgeball Chronicles) • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine • Amazon Business $10.60 1 $10.60
Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Magic Pickle Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared • Amazon Business $8.30 1 $8.30
Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Science Comics: Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Fourth Grade Fairy, Book 1 • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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