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Mrs. Ritzer from Dallas TX is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Understanding How'd They Do That? With S.T.E.M. Picture Books

Help me give my students access to STEM picture books that explain building, engineering, and making.

  • $555 goal

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My Project

I currently serve as a Future Ready Librarian at a bilingual Title I school. We have 725+ students, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, with over 90% coming from low-income backgrounds. One of my professional goals is to further develop our library collection so that my students have access to quality STEM books. We need books that provide real-world examples of building, creating, and making, and which also promote diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.

My students are curious, eager learners who need exposure to a variety of stories that demonstrate how using STEM benefits our pluralistic society, and will help grow their Future Ready skill sets.

Since the majority of my students are English Language Learners, they especially need access to books in a variety of reading levels that will encourage their love of reading and increase their literacy rates.

This project will give my students access to high-interest STEM books about building, making, and creating that act as mirrors, windows, and doors. Books that act as mirrors allow students to see themselves reflected in characters from similar backgrounds using building and making in real-world examples.

Teachers will be able to create engaging, curriculum-based lessons utilizing these high-interest picture books. This curated collection of STEM books represents a variety of reading levels so that teachers can scaffold their lessons to best meet the diverse needs of their learners.

Students will be able to read these books in the classroom or at home, encouraging their love of reading while learning about Engineering and Future Ready skills that will help them reach their fullest potential.

Mrs. Ritzer
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Roller Coasters (Blastoff Readers. Level 3) • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Let's Explore Engineering (Bumba Books A First Look at STEM) • Amazon Business $26.65 1 $26.65
Robo-Motion: Robots That Move Like Animals • Amazon Business $26.39 1 $26.39
Car (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
Rocket (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $26.00 1 $26.00
Skyscrapers (Everyday Engineering) • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
How Was That Built?: The Stories Behind Awesome Structures • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Bridge (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $22.45 1 $22.45
Prosthetics (Engineering the Human Body) • Amazon Business $22.13 1 $22.13
Skyscraper (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $20.12 1 $20.12
The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Robotics!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids (Explore Your World) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
New Hands, New Life: Robots, Prostheses and Innovation • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Sailboat (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $19.24 1 $19.24
The Home Builders • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Wild Buildings and Bridges: Architecture Inspired by Nature • Amazon Business $16.39 1 $16.39
House (How It's Built) • Amazon Business $15.92 1 $15.92
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars (Paula Wiseman Books) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion: The Questioneers Book #3 • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
How Do Seesaws Go Up and Down?: A Book About Simple Machines • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
How Do You Stop a Moving Train?: A Physics Book About Forces • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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