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Mrs. Ruttan from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Third Graders Read Around the World

Help me give my students engaging, multicultural, bilingual books for our "Reading Around the World" Unit. The texts in this unit introduce students to ways in which students access education and books in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chad, and Colombia.

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My Students

Our central Austin school community represents a diverse group of learners from different cultures, incomes and regions of the city. In our dual language program, students are developing literacy and language skills in both English and Spanish. My students are avid readers in both languages. Naturally curious about their world, they look to literature to learn about themselves, others, and their place in the world.

Our students LOVE our Reading Around the World Unit.

Throughout the year, they return to the books in this unit, make connections to these texts, and consistently rate them as their favorites in all of 3rd grade. In addition to learning about education around the world, this unit introduces our learners to what it means to be a reader. Students learn the behaviors and habits of good readers. They learn routines for independent and buddy reading time that help to lay the foundation for our year together as readers. Finally, they learn how to reference texts and use text evidence to support their conclusions as readers.

My Project

Our 3rd graders will begin their school year accessing and engaging with the books in this diverse text set.

This standards-based unit uses multiple texts to address the central theme: Students around the world access education, and books, in a variety of ways.

As they explore each text, students ask key questions: How do students in each country access education? What are some barriers, or challenges, that students in this country face to obtaining an education and accessing books? Students make connections between books in the text set and their own lives. The final project invites students to research a country featured in "My Librarian is a Camel" and create an informational book mark about education in their chosen country.

Mrs. Ruttan
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rain School • Amazon Business $12.26 10 $122.60
Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro: (Spanish-English bilingual edition) • Amazon Business $11.89 10 $118.90
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan • Amazon Business $9.44 10 $94.40
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq • Amazon Business $7.60 10 $76.00
Mi bibliotecaria es un camello (My Librarian is a Camel): Cómo llegan los libros a los niños en todo el mundo • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
La bibliotecaria de Basora/ The Librarian of Basra: Una Historia Real De Iraq (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
La escuela secreta de Nasreen / Nasreen's Secret School: Una historia real de Afganistan / A True Story from Afghanistan (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95

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