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Mr. Wishart from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Young Scientists Yearn to Learn Through Fiction

My students need a classroom set of 32 interesting fiction books from "Mostly Harmless" to "The Omnivore''s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" that deal with science, which will be read in class and will be checked out to be read at home.

  • $540 goal

This project expired on July 9, 2011.

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My Students

Do you remember being in a high school science classroom and finding none of the material relatable? I am actively trying to curb that feeling. By exposing my students to fiction writing in science, I can help them to see science, specifically chemistry, in a larger light and pique their interest.

My students are all in the tenth grade.

Every student takes chemistry at our high school, however, they are split into two groups: A and B course. I teach the B course students, who have typically received lower grades or have not performed as well as some of their A course peers on state exams. Located in Maryland, the school has been around for over 100 years, and the building itself is nearing 45 years old. The delight of teaching at an institution so steeped in tradition is exhilarating; however, the building is a hindrance to the students learning. Classrooms have not changed from the 1960s, whereas, our students have changed greatly from the 60s. Our school is high poverty and high minority. We pride ourselves on pushing our students to outperform surrounding schools by challenging them academically. Our level of rigor is unparalleled for our A course students and I fear that our B course students are getting left behind, which is the tension I teach through.

My Project

Though my students have access to several libraries, the knowledge and resources needed to find well-written, interesting books that deal with science is difficult, to say the least. By building my own library, I can directly see how a story affects a student's life. I will have the power and resources to suggest a reading to a student who may be having difficulty relating this subject to their life. I discovered science writing in college, and it changed not only the way I looked at science, but the way in which I wrote. I became more excited about my classes, and I began to write stories I was proud to call my own. This is the hope I have for my students: that they would pick up a book and see how the words they are reading are related to the molecules and concepts we are talking about in class; that they would be excited to read a book they would have otherwise not had access to; and, that they would gain a love for chemistry, or at least science in general.

By donating to this project, you will be giving my students the opportunity to discover science through a story.

Often times, the only books my students are reading is their textbooks, which provide no social narrative. Your donation will allow me the opportunity to provide my students with that narrative. Your donation will allow my students to relate to chemistry and enjoy science.

Mr. Wishart
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Lov • AKJ Books $19.49 1 $19.49
Napoleon''s Buttons • AKJ Books $13.22 1 $13.22
Written in Bone • AKJ Books $17.90 1 $17.90
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Books $20.28 1 $20.28
Silent Spring • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America''s Great • AKJ Books $23.40 1 $23.40
Stiff • AKJ Books $10.88 1 $10.88
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
The Wild Trees • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
Death''s Acre : Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Fa • AKJ Books $11.70 1 $11.70
Best American Science Writing • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Geekspeak: A Guide to Answering the Unanswerable, Making Sen • AKJ Books $15.56 1 $15.56
A Natural History of the Senses • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in th • AKJ Books $26.96 1 $26.96
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Bill Bry • AKJ Books $12.47 1 $12.47
Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich • AKJ Books $10.92 1 $10.92
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff (Trans • AKJ Books $10.92 1 $10.92
Life, the Universe and Everything • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhikers Guide Series #5) Douglas Adams • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhikers Guide Seri • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy • AKJ Books $11.70 1 $11.70
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhikers Guide • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time Do • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
The Quirks & Quarks Space Book • AKJ Books $14.78 1 $14.78
Eating Animals • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Food Rules: An Eater''s Manual Michael Pollan • AKJ Books $8.58 1 $8.58
In Defense of Food: An Eater''s Manifesto Michael Pollan • AKJ Books $11.70 1 $11.70
Botany of Desire: A Plant''s-Eye View of the World Michael Po • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
The Omnivore''s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48

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