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Mr. Musumeci from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Depression, 1930's, and All That Jazz!

My students need 23 biography books to understand the different stories of the 1930s as we jump into our first trade book, "Bud, Not Buddy", together. Help me bring the decade alive!

  • $390 goal

This project expired on June 19, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever been swept away into a book only to find yourself aching to dive into the sounds and nuances of the setting? Help me bring the 1930's alive for my students. From Swing at the Savoy, to riding the rails, from Amelia Earhart to the New Deal, let's make this a unit they will never forget!

I teach some of the most inquisitive children at a public school in a poverty-stricken area of Northern California.

My students love being engaged in a lesson. They are hands-on and all-in whenever the moment presents itself. Help me keep them engaged by allowing them the opportunity to read and learn about the 1930s through stories, and resources that will transport them in time and open the doors of history and herstory for them!

My Project

From illustrating how Louis Armstrong and Lady Holiday swung a decade into a whole new era, to the Negro Leagues and the major leagues swinging that bat, from great women flying across the world and leading us into a new sense of our world, to a New Deal that sought a fair shake for those less fortunate than that, we need these books to help my students get a sense of all the wonder and struggle that the 1930's imposed on its people. What's more, it will bring the novel we will read as a class to life; offering an opportunity for each child to delve deeper into the time period and learn more about some aspect of that time period that they will be responsible to report on.

I plan to transform my students' relationship with reading and history, but I can't do it without your help.

Bring my students Satchmo and Satchel Paige, help them understand the Dust Bowl and the New Deal, give them the experience of riding the rails and Amelia flying high! Help turn a good book into an amazing unit! Make this one unforgettable for our kids.

Mr. Musumeci
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 61 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Mighty Miss Malone • AKJ Books $11.83 2 $23.66
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • AKJ Books $3.69 1 $3.69
We Are the Ship: The Story of Nergo League Baseball • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow James Sturm, Rich Tomma • AKJ Books $12.57 2 $25.14
War, Peace, and All That Jazz, 1918-1945 • AKJ Books $14.36 1 $14.36
Jazz Walter Dean Myers, Christoph Myers (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Eleanor Roosevelt • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Knockout! • AKJ Books $13.28 1 $13.28
A Boy Named FDR • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong Roxane Orgill, L • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Louis Armstrong and the Jazz Age • AKJ Books $4.40 1 $4.40
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • AKJ Books $3.69 1 $3.69
Becoming Billie Holiday • AKJ Books $17.96 1 $17.96
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr. Herzo • AKJ Books $14.05 1 $14.05
Happy Feet • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
Stompin'' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller Alan Govena • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
America in the 1930s • AKJ Books $28.56 1 $28.56
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl Albert Marrin • AKJ Books $17.01 1 $17.01
The Dirty Thirties: Documenting the Dust Bowl • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Tenement Stories: Immigrant Life (18351935) • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Climbing out of the great depression • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Babe Ruth (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports Series) Matt C • AKJ Books $3.69 1 $3.69

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