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Mrs. DeLussey from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teacher at Sea = Third Graders Learning and Loving Oceans

My students need to develop Ocean Literacy through reading and exploring so they will grow to understand and protect our Earth's oceans and the creatures that live there.

  • $565 goal

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My Students

Many of us claim to be lifelong learners, but how many of us get involved in learning that changes our world for the better? After working with NOAA as a Teacher At Sea, I want my students to become INVOLVED! Not only in reading about the oceans and atmosphere, but by working to protect them.

My Third graders will just make you smile.

With each new class, I am reminded why I became, and still am, a teacher. I have had hugs, laughter, tears, questions, and 4 lost teeth, and this is only the first week of school! Even though 100% of my students qualify for free breakfast and lunch, they are excited and eager to learn. Our large urban school will be one hundred years old this year, but over 30% of my students are new to our country. With these new materials I hope to teach reading with a purpose as I connect learning to read, student excitement, and my passion for understanding our oceans into actions that could inspire a true lifetime of learning for my students.

My Project

The ocean related non-fiction reading materials I am requesting will be the beginning of our multidisciplinary unit of study to build ocean literacy. First, I will share my experiences as a NOAA Teacher at Sea. Then the excitement builds as we continue researching targeted topics of interest as students prepare to write their own ocean themed books, build ocean models, create hallway displays, and finally write persuasive letters to local representatives petitioning for the protection of oceans and ocean life. The donations of these books not only support newly mandated non-fiction reading standards, they will be the tools that help this video game generation of third graders win at environmental understanding and community advocacy.

Shark week!

Live in October.... These new ocean themed non-fiction titles I am requesting will let my students know there is more to the oceans than sharks and sand. Join us in our discoveries!

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

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big and Busy Ocean • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Planet Ocean • AKJ Books $24.47 1 $24.47
1-2-3 Draw Ocean Life Freddie Levin • AKJ Books $8.09 1 $8.09
A Drop in the Ocean • AKJ Books $19.12 1 $19.12
About the Ocean • AKJ Books $3.49 1 $3.49
Alien Deep • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Animal Camouflage in the Ocean • AKJ Books $17.26 2 $34.52
Awesome Ocean Science • AKJ Books $11.87 2 $23.74
Commotion in the Ocean Giles Andreae, David Wojtowycz (Illus • AKJ Books $5.57 1 $5.57
Colors of the Ocean • AKJ Books $18.66 2 $37.32
Deep Blue Home • AKJ Books $10.47 1 $10.47
Deep Ocean Creatures • AKJ Books $2.79 1 $2.79
Deep Oceans • AKJ Books $22.40 1 $22.40
Deep Ocean Food Chains • AKJ Books $19.95 1 $19.95
Destroying the Oceans • AKJ Books $6.27 1 $6.27
Down in the Deep, Deep, Ocean! • AKJ Books $14.95 1 $14.95
Earth''s Oceans • AKJ Books $6.27 1 $6.27
El Oceano de Olivia Kevin Henkes • AKJ Books $8.39 1 $8.39
Explore Earths Five Oceans, Vol. 8 Bobbie Kalman • AKJ Books $18.62 1 $18.62
Explore the Ocean • AKJ Books $18.19 1 $18.19
El Oceano (About the Ocean) Sindy McKay, Adapted by Diego Ma • AKJ Books $2.79 1 $2.79
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean • AKJ Books $4.19 1 $4.19
Deep Oceans • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
Hiding in Oceans • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Im the Biggest Thing in the Ocean • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
In the Ocean • AKJ Books $4.19 1 $4.19
I Wonder Why the Sea Is Salty • AKJ Books $4.89 1 $4.89
I''m the Best Artist in the Ocean • AKJ Books $11.89 1 $11.89
Life in the Crusher • AKJ Books $5.57 1 $5.57
Life in the Ocean • AKJ Books $12.59 1 $12.59
Little Ocean Explorers • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Colorful Coral Reefs • AKJ Books $2.79 1 $2.79
Coral Reef Animals • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Coral Reef Animals • AKJ Books $5.59 1 $5.59
Extreme Coral Reef! Q&A • AKJ Books $4.89 1 $4.89
On The Coral Reefs • AKJ Books $26.94 1 $26.94
What Lives in Coral Reefs? • AKJ Books $17.96 1 $17.96

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