Dora the Explorer and Carmen Sandiego have some pretty good ideas. Geography is fun! However, it is a lot more fun when you have the right tools to teach it. I am the librarian in an inner city elementary school (preK-8th grade)and I get to teach library skills to the whole school. My kids are mostly low income, and mostly terrific! As a fine arts magnet cluster school, we accept kids from all over Chicago, but many of our kids live in the neighborhood. In fact, many of our kids have never left the neighborhood, so imagine what an impact geography can have on them.
Currently my library has a limited supply of seriously outdated paperback atlases--the kind with countries named are better studied in history class. I love teaching the students about the world outside of Chicago and they are very eager to learn. Last year we did a unit on food origins that had them learning about latitude, weather patterns, map reading skills, as well as learning a great deal about foreign counties. This unit was very popular, but can't be replicated or updated due to the fact my books are all falling apart--literally.
In order to teach a full classroom, I need to have one student atlas per child. If each child has her own student atlas she will be able to not only do the assignments I give her, but she will also do what I truly love to do--imagine what life is like in some other part of the world. Atlases let kids daydream, explore, and use that energy to do their own research. Using atlases is especially important for my population as most of them do not own or have access in their homes to globes, maps, or any kind of geographical tools. Atlases and geographical training also provide the students with the very important background knowledge that will help them to succeed on standardized tests later in life.
With this one grant, my students will gain so much knowledge which will stay with them the rest of their lives. The books that this grant will be paying for will benefit the entire school for years to come. By your one act of generosity, you may be helping to create a future ambassador or Secretary of State! At the very least, you will be helping a really great group of disadvantaged kids learn, grow, and compete in the world around them.
|Reference Essential Atlas of the World • Delta Education||$15.00||35||$525.00|
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