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Ms. Amodeo from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Bought a Zoo

My students need 36 books about various animals.

  • $369 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kids are building a zoo, and they need books so they can become experts on animals.

My fourth graders live in a working class and immigrant neighborhood.

Most of them are learning English as a second language, some have special needs, and all of them love to learn. Our Title I school is an important safe haven for my kids, who are surrounded by poverty and gang activity.

My Project

At the beginning of the school year, our class decided to put on a zoo for the school. We are acquiring live animals and plants, and we'll decorate our classroom as various ecosystems like the desert and rain forest. What my kids need are lots of books about animals so they can become expert docents at the zoo. They will use these books, in addition to the Internet, to do their research. When you're doing research, it's really important to get your information from several sources. These books will give my students more reference opportunities. We are asking for numerous books about animals, including howler monkeys, kangaroos, snow leopards, spitting cobras, and tarantulas.

With your generous donation, my students will be able to become experts in their field of zoology.

Some kids will study primates, others will study big cats, and still others will study animals of the oceans. We bought a zoo, and now we want to learn more about it. My students and I thank you!

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

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This project will reach 35 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Florida Panthers: Struggle for Survival (America's Animal Comebacks) • Amazon $22.74 1 $22.74
Pink River Dolphins (Jungle Babies of the Amazon Rain Forest) • Amazon $19.19 1 $19.19
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! • Amazon $16.58 1 $16.58
The Grizzly Bear (PIlot Books: Nature's Deadliest) • Amazon $15.26 1 $15.26
Black Bear: North America's Bear • Amazon $9.85 1 $9.85
Ocelots (Cats of the Wild) • Amazon $8.25 1 $8.25
Howler Monkeys (Monkey Business) • Amazon $8.25 1 $8.25
The Bizarre Life Cycle of a Kangaroo (Strange Life Cycles (Gareth Stevens)) • Amazon $8.14 1 $8.14
Flamingos (Safari Animals) • Amazon $7.42 1 $7.42
Spitting Cobra (Killer Snakes) • Amazon $7.34 1 $7.34
Komodo Dragons (Really Wild Reptiles (Gareth Stevens)) • Amazon $7.34 1 $7.34
The Life Cycle of a Crocodile (Nature's Life Cycles) • Amazon $7.34 1 $7.34
Shark Snacks: Food Chains and Webs (Raintree Fusion) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Amazing Animals: Swans • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Amazing Animals: Gorillas • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Amazing Animals: Bison • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Tarantulas (Nature's Children (Children's Press Paperback)) • Amazon $6.26 1 $6.26
Snow Leopards (Nature's Children) • Amazon $6.26 1 $6.26
Exploring the World of Seals and Walruses • Amazon $6.26 1 $6.26
Chimpanzees (Nature's Children (Children's Press Paperback)) • Amazon $6.26 1 $6.26
Giraffes Up Close (Zoom in on Animals!) • Amazon $6.25 1 $6.25
Hedgehogs (Nocturnal Animals) • Amazon $6.25 1 $6.25
Reindeer (A Day in the Life: Polar Animals) • Amazon $5.84 1 $5.84
Skunks (Welcome to the World Series) • Amazon $5.35 1 $5.35
National Geographic Readers: Koalas • Amazon $3.91 1 $3.91
National Geographic Readers: Meerkats • Amazon $3.69 1 $3.69
National Geographic Readers: Pandas • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Elephants • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Cheetahs • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Tigers • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Lizards • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Monkeys • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Sea Turtles • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Penguins! • Amazon $3.37 1 $3.37

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