share their finished work with an audience.
The commitment and excitement surrounding this effort was truly impressive. However, there were times when I wished I could allow for a bit more play. A bit more imagination. A bit more fun!
So, when they thought of creating their own planets based on their learning I immediately thought of children's book author Todd Parr and his book Create Your Own Planet. It is a 240 page Doodle and Draw book that asks children things like, "what makes your planet special?" and "what does your planet look like when you see it from space?"
This project seems like a natural extension to our nonfiction study but budgetary issues forbid me to purchase this book. Therefore, I have put my request for 12 books up on DonorsChoose. This is a "wish list" web site for public school teachers that allows anyone (family, friends, strangers) to support classroom projects through tax deductible donations.
If you are interested in learning more or contributing please click here. Everyone who donates receives handwritten thank you cards from the children along with photographs of them enjoying the materials.
*Update (4/12/12) - This project is now fully funded! A huge thank you to Cortney, Steve, Robert, Barbara and Todd!