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Ms. Neal from Yatahey NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Third Graders Need a Culturally Diverse Classroom Library

My students need a library full of culturally relevant books that deepen their interest in reading and that allows them to check out books to take home to read independently or with family.

  • $739 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is full of incredible student leaders. They are ambitious, thoughtful, and intelligent. The community surrounding my school is beautiful and resilient, but lacks the economic resources necessary to provide these books for my students.

My class consists of 16 amazing students.

Of those 16, the vast majority identify as Native American or indigenous. As recent as the mid-twentieth century, the American educational system was weaponized against indigenous people, which has resulted in a great deal of trauma connected to schooling. My classroom will affirm the experiences and identities of my students in order to make school a positive environment and experience that leads to greater choice and opportunity.

My Project

Third grade is the year that students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. This year my goal is to help all of my students achieve grade level reading proficiency, so that they can build on their success this year and beyond. This requires a classroom library that is culturally relevant and inspires my students to read at home! These books will build the print-rich classroom that I strive to create. Every student book that is placed in our classroom library is treated with love and care. All of these books have been chosen with my students in mind- they complement the diverse experiences and cultures my students bring to our classroom. Students will be able to check out these books, which will foster joy during independent reading time and while reading at home.

With these new books, my students will be able to choose from a variety of books that reflect diverse experiences, and will allow them to read independently at their own grade level.

They will also be able to choose books that interest them. The best way to increase reading ability is to read more, and these books will continue to help my students grow stronger in reading. Students will be able to check out books to bring home to complete their reading logs. With your help, all of my students will have the resources necessary to build up their reading skills!

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Magic Tree House: With Research Guides (44 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $209.18 1 $209.18
Judy Moody (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $35.86 1 $35.86
Trickster Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection • AKJ Education $18.94 1 $18.94
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
I Dissent • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Jingle Dancer • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Marisol McDonald no combina / Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Of • AKJ Education $12.99 1 $12.99
Thank You, Mr. Falker • AKJ Education $12.59 1 $12.59
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 1 $10.69
Kamik An Inuit Puppy Story • AKJ Education $9.86 1 $9.86
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Crazy Horse's Vision • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Elizabeth Leads the Way Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Code Talker • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Charlotte's Web • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Children of Clay A Family of Pueblo Potters • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Skysisters • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
I Love Saturdays y domingos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Time to Sleep • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Guess How Much I Love You • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tuck Everlasting • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Because of Winn-dixie • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Cesar Chavez A Hero for Everyone • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Surprising Sharks Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Sleeping Beauty/ La Bella Dumiente LA Bella Durmiente • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Days Like This A Collection of Small Poems • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
7 x 9 = Trouble! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
I Survived #3: I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
I Survived #6: I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
I Survived #2: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
I Survived #1: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
I Survived #10: I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Fish Face • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Clementine friend of the week • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Scholastic Reader Level 2: More Spaghetti, I Say! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Hungry, Hungry Sharks! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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