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Ms. Ross from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Who knew Reading Nonfiction was so Fun? Part 2

Help me give my students a classroom library that inspires them to read more nonfiction!

  • $595 goal

This project expired on December 12, 2019.

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My Students

Do you remember the first time you realized that you loved learning about something in school? That moment comes when you know you have a favorite subject or maybe a teacher who really understands you and motivates you. I teach science full-time to eighty fourth-graders who attend a large, public, bilingual school in Washington, DC. I know that STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematics-is exciting for my students and I want them to love learning about it in our classroom. I hope to be that teacher who inspires them to reach for the stars.

One of the many reasons my fourth-grade students are so special to me is because they represent the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, technology specialists and engineers!

They are the linguistically and culturally diverse faces of future STEM leaders. My students love asking questions, recording observations, designing models, testing prototypes and analyzing data. They are eager learners who love exploring the natural world and brainstorming many ways to solve design challenges.

My Project

I started last year by asking students to read non-fiction books whenever we had time for independent reading in my science classroom. Since they mostly preferred fiction and our library offered such a small selection of engaging non-fiction books, it was not initially a well-received suggestion! When I started filling the room with non-fiction books from the public library, my students began to realize that reading non-fiction was not a punishment, it was fun!

This year, I want to make sure that my students have access to their very own high-quality classroom library from day one!

The books on my wishlist were selected because I know students already love them and have a hard time putting them down. Whether students prefer those giant everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-whatever-topic books, science comic books or biographies, I want them to be able to find those engaging books right in the classroom.

Your donation to this project will ensure that my fourth graders come to learn that reading nonfiction rocks! Truth is power. Knowledge is power. Your gift will help my students become critical readers and thinkers and I believe that's exactly what the world needs now.

Ms. Ross
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teacher Created Materials - Science Readers: Content and Literacy: Let's Explore Physical Science - 10 Book Set - Grades 4-5 • Amazon Business $69.92 1 $69.92
Teacher Created Materials - Science Readers: Earth and Space Science - 5 Book Set - Grade 2 • Amazon Business $35.58 1 $35.58
Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation • Amazon Business $16.47 1 $16.47
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $16.36 1 $16.36
Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Human Body Theater: A Non-Fiction Revue • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
The Fantastic Body: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
Finding Out about Nuclear Energy (Searchlight Books ™ ― What Are Energy Sources?) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Basher Science: Engineering: The Riveting World of Buildings and Machines • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Fantastic Flatulent Fart Brothers' Big Book of Farty Facts: An Illustrated Guide to the Science, History, and Art of Farting (Humorous reference ... Fart Brothers’ Fun Facts) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Physics: Why Matter Matters! • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Focus on Waves (Focus Readers: Hands-on Stem: Beacon Level) • Amazon Business $6.11 1 $6.11
Focus on Light (Focus Readers: Hands-on Stem: Beacon Level) • Amazon Business $5.58 1 $5.58

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