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Ms. Tapfer from Danville CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Empathy and Social Justice Through Literature

Help me give my students books about social justice, diversity, empathy, and celebrating differences.

  • $594 goal

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My Students

Describing our 5th grade students is easy: they are a kind, loving and hard-working group of individuals. They are constantly working to do their best work, set goals for themselves and have fun along the way! It's amazing to see how they interact with each other, whether it's returning a book to its owner, sharing their special pens or offering words of comfort when a classmate is feeling sad. No act of kindness is too small for this group; they truly care about each other and every one of them makes our classroom feel like home. We feel so lucky to be their teachers this year!

My Project

Life lessons and character traits - such as empathy - can be effectively taught through the use of books, especially picture books, at the elementary school level. In our fifth grade classrooms, we have students from a wide range of cultural, racial and socio-economic backgrounds, and these books will complete our classroom libraries which work to represent every one of our students. We want our classroom libraries and the books we read together to represent their colors, cultures and traditions, while teaching empathy and social justice to those who are different. We also want to foster a love, acceptance and celebration of our differences from an early age. The books in this project will make a huge impact on the reading lives of our 5th grade students; seeing their faces represented in pictures will make a world of difference in both their confidence and the pride they have in who they are. Please help us achieve a more diverse and expansive library of novels and picture books so that we can teach empathy towards others, understand social justice and other people's POV, and celebrate our differences! Thank you!

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Book Uncle and Me • Amazon Business $10.46 8 $83.68
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.99 8 $71.92
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu • Amazon Business $7.99 8 $63.92
Sylvia & Aki • Amazon Business $6.99 8 $55.92
The Harlem Charade • Amazon Business $6.48 8 $51.84
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre (Bilingual Edition) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
La Frontera / the Border: El viaje con papa / My Journey With Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
When I Was Eight • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95

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