Kristen Anderson, a third grade teacher in Seattle, wants to make sure that her students are inspired to learn. She hopes to teach the class about history in a way that they can relate to the characters and understand the context – in other words, through the historical fiction book discussing the Great Depression, Song of the Trees. Once the students read the book, they will meet in book clubs to share their thoughts and questions about the story, connect to the characters and explore the larger themes of family, culture, and social justice.
Fox 13 spoke with Mrs. Anderson recently and learned that, due to funding decisions, four classrooms will have to share one set of supplies next year! The teacher is hoping to receive 30 copies of Song of the Trees so that each student will have his or her own copy to study. Her 99Papers.org proposal, Times are Hard Honey, expires soon and only needs $154 to bring this project to life! You can check out Mrs. Anderson’s classroom on Fox 13 here (click on the Lowell Elementary story).