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Ms. Murray from Sherwood OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Westward, Ever Westward

My students need more books related to core subjects and their home state.

  • $155 goal

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My Students

I had the honor of meeting some of my future students before the end of the school year even though I am just starting out in the 2018-2019 school year. As someone who is just getting their first classroom, it was an amazing opportunity to see the third graders become my fourth graders at their stepping stones ceremony. Afterwards, I was able to get to know a little bit more about them. They are energetic, LOVE math and coding, and are avid readers. Although they are not diverse in appearance, it is my hope to bring as much culture to them as possible! It's going to be a fantastic year :).

My Project

A good book can make history come alive. It can paint a picture of things that happened in such a way that makes you want to learn more. The books I have chosen are meant to do just that. They follow the core subject areas of fourth grade and the theme of my classroom, nature and the world around us.

I want to immerse my students in tales that send them back through the ages.

I don't just want them to hear lectures on the Oregon Trail, I want them put themselves in the shoes of a pioneer, like in the book A Pioneer Sampler. What would it be like if they themselves were alive back in those days? What issues would they face and how would they overcome them?

Shoe Dog is an inspiring tale of an Oregonian that followed their dreams and is a local connection to encourage children to do the same. There are also the two fraction novels I chose to engage learners in math in a way that might encourage my struggling students.

Each and every book on this list has been chosen to engage, intrigue, spark curiosity, and help create understanding. My goal is to put students in the driver's seat to explore the curiosity and wonder of the world around them. Thank you for your consideration!

Ms. Murray
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Pioneer Sampler • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Shoe Dog • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Wildlife Detectives How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Littlest Bigfoot • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Split History of Westward Expansion in the United States • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Wild Bunch • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Sing Down the Moon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Barn • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Question of Miracles • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Hunt for Hidden Treasure • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Sees Behind Trees • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Best Test • AKJ Education $1.90 1 $1.90
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Cat-Dog Translator • AKJ Education $1.85 1 $1.85
Fractions in Disguise • AKJ Education $1.80 1 $1.80
Nancy Drew #16 What Goes UP • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Where Do Presidents Come From? • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Secrets at Sea • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
New Developments (Rabbids: Case File #2 ) • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Nancy Drew #18 City Under the Basement • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Fractions = Trouble! • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
KidChat Too • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Kidchat Gone Wild • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Living Green • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Earth Science Experiments • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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