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Mrs. McLellan from South Paris ME is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

5th Grade Class Economy!

My students need fun toys for incentives from working hard doing their jobs!

  • $486 goal

This project expired on December 13, 2018.

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My Students

In my 5th grade Math classroom, I teach about economics through my classroom economy. Money is not often taught to fruition in the math curriculums in Maine and I feel it is a pertinent skill to learn. Many students at Paris Elementary come from a low socio-economic background and it is my job to teach them how to be smart and safe with their money. The store allows them to purchase rewards using the classroom money they earn each month.

My Project

The students complete applications for monthly classroom jobs. Many of them apply to jobs in which they feel they may want when they grow up. They earn payment, (Class dollars) for these jobs each time their task is completed. At the end of the month, they receive a check for their earnings. The students can calculate the earnings per task with the number of times they completed the task to assure that they are being paid proper wages. The students then deposit their checks into the "bank". Here they learn the skill of spendings, saving, budgeting, and checkbook balancing. Some students apply to be the bakers, so they learn to cash checks and count the money their “customer” is requesting. Students are then allowed to visit our class store. In the store, there are school supplies, toys, crafts, and other all things students are motivated to work hard to buy. Students are also allowed to apply for the cashier jobs. Classmates will go shopping and cash out with the store cashiers. Those student cashiers are given money and need to give their peers change. They also feel the pressure of anxious and pushy customers. I’ve heard on several occasions, “Is that how it feels to be a cashier at a grocery store or mall? Man that’s tough”. Some months there are sales, the employee of the month gets a 10% discount. These skills are rarely taught in school but are necessary skills to learn. By the end of the school year, the students have skills to write checks, shop, and budget. I enjoy teaching students about money matters through my class economy and believe they come away with a better understanding of finances.

Mrs. McLellan
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Neliblu Fun Puzzle Balls - Goody Bag Fillers - Party Favors, Party Toys, Goody Bag Favors, Carnival Prizes, Pinata Filler - Fidget Brain Teaser Puzzles (12 Pack) Clear Instructional Videos Included! • Amazon Business $8.97 6 $53.82
Adorox (24 Balls Assorted) 2.5 inches Mini Sports Balls Stress Relief Squeeze • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Swity Home 36 Pack Mini Emoji Plush Toy, Emoticon Toy, Mini Keychain Decorations, For Party Decoration, Party Supplies Favors, Set of 36 • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Amy & Benton Treasure Box Chest Prizes Toys for Classroom Pinata Filler Kids Birthday Party Favors Assortment for Goodie Bags 60 PCS • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
TINYMILLS 60 Pcs Holidays and Occasions Assorted Stampers for Kids • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
(50) 3" Bean Bag Plush Animals Assortment • Amazon Business $38.80 1 $38.80
Skeleteen Harry Potter Wands Favors - Magic Wizard Wand for Party Favor - 12 Pack • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Ecparty Superhero Slap Bracelet for Kids Boys & Girls Birthday Party Supplies Favors (9 Pack) (62651) • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
QWER Superheroes Party Masks for Children, 20 Piece • Amazon Business $11.95 2 $23.90
Party Puzzle Toy,12 Pack Mini Cubes Set Party Favors Cube Puzzle,Original Color 1.18" Puzzle Magic Cube Eco-friendly Safe Material with Vivid Colors,Party Puzzle Game for Boys Girls Kids Toddlers • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98

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