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Mrs. F. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Using picture books in content areas (1)

The cost of 9 different read aloud books including "Freedom Summer," "Sky Scrage, City Scrape: Poems of City Life," "Let's Talk About Race," and others is $173, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $184 goal

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I teach fifth grade at a inner-city school with a vast range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Fifth graders like to give the impression that they are "grown up" and shun "baby" activities. So, when I decided to read "Thank You Mr. Falker" (a wonderful picture book about a student who struggled with reading as a child) by Patricia Polacco aloud, I figured they would roll their eyes. I was shocked when they listened intently until I read the very last line (the last line reveals that the main character is actually Patricia Polacco). When I closed the book and scanned the room, they started to clap. Their young eyes had a look of sheer amazement. Now, I read a picture book to my class at least once a day. This has really inspired students to read. Now, I want to keep this fire burning. I need more short story books for my classroom. These books need to have great pictures and a message for students.

Mrs. F.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 32 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America Carol Bierman,Laurie McGaw (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
Freedom Summer Debbie Wiles,Deborah Wiles,Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator),Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Players in Pigtails Shana Corey,Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy Andrea Davis Pinkney,Brian Pinkney (Illustrator),Brian Pinkney (Illustrator),J. Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Let's Talk about Race (Amistad) Julius Lester,Karen Barbour (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Sky Scrape, City Scape: Poems of City Life Jane Yolen,Jane Yolen,Ken Condon (Illustrator),Ken Condon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq Jeanette Winter • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq Mark Alan Stamaty • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19

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