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Ms. Kleinrock from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Tolerance, Empathy, and Anti-Racism

My students need diverse books that explore multiple cultures, perspectives, social justice issues, and represent people of color.

  • $709 goal

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My Students

Our students are an incredibly diverse group of elementary-aged students at a 6th-year charter school in East Hollywood, Los Angeles. Our school is a wonderful, supportive community that strives to foster our students' interests in order to make learning as meaningful as possible. This involves allowing our students to take ownership of their learning and make independent choices. We value all types of intelligence and encourage our students to make meaning and create knowledge for themselves. They are a group of heart-smart, empathetic individuals who constantly seek solutions to improve their school and local community.

My students are firm believers in justice for all people and recognize that equality does not mean that we are all the same, but rather that all differences are treated with equal respect.

They are adept at observing and discussing current political and social events and are eager to expand their understanding of the lives and experiences of others. They are a group of heart-smart, empathetic individuals who constantly seek solutions to improve their school and local community.

My Project

In 4th grade, students have an increased awareness and understanding of their own identities and roles in their community. Over the past years, I have worked on developing a series of social justice, anti-bias lessons and units that focus on issues and themes such as justice, activism, advocacy, and stereotyping. Throughout the course of my work, I have seen firsthand how having access to diverse books presents different contexts to children that they might not be exposed to in their lives, and also builds resiliency and self-esteem in students of color who often do not see themselves represented in literature. These books will be a meaningful addition to our classroom library and will serve as anchor texts when exploring social justice issues. My students will be able to read these texts in book clubs, use them as sources in research projects, These books will expose my students to experiences that do not mirror their own and support meaningful teachable moments.

Ms. Kleinrock
Grades 3-5
  • Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake 2-5
  • Los Angeles, CA

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.61 2 $29.22
The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator's Creative Breakthrough • Amazon Business $24.26 1 $24.26
Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice • Amazon Business $20.11 1 $20.11
killing rage: Ending Racism (Owl Book) • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Ahimsa • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Marvelous Mattie • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
Annie's Plaid Shirt • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Love • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Sandwich Swap • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Skin Again • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
I Am Not Your Negro • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Gold Cadillac • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
So Far from the Sea • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Road to Memphis • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Shooting Kabul (The Kabul Chronicles) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $7.43 1 $7.43
A Single Shard • Amazon Business $7.22 1 $7.22
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Under the Ramadan Moon • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Song of the Trees • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Return to Sender • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39

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