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Ms. Cerra from Rochester NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Logical Approach to an Alternative Curriculum

Help me give my students New Ways to Scratch that 'Itch': Logic and strategy games provide students with alternatives to traditional learning activities; I use them to reach my reluctant learners and they are itching for new challenges.

  • $299 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I have a 5th/6th grade self-contained 12:1+1 special education classroom where my students come to me with emotional troubles stemming from childhood trauma; receiving counseling for PTSD throughout the school week. These students range in need from Learning Disabled, Emotionally Disturbed, and even Other Health Impaired; they are not at grade level, reading levels range from the end of 1st grade to beginning 4th, the math just as varied.

Understandably, my priority is everyone’s emotional stability and well-being, while trying to kindle curiosity and a desire to learn.

Having had very little success with the traditional curriculum, just the sight of anything remotely similar ignites panic and emotional meltdowns as they begin to descend into negative self-talk.

My Project

My students lack confidence and are unable to see just how intelligent they really are. I make the effort to provide alternative methods for building basic problem-solving and communication skills that are fun and educational (secretly) through various logic puzzles and strategy games.

Logic puzzles and strategy games in this project easily encourage participation, build tenacity, and nurture confidence.

Pairing verbal and written reporting of progress at the end of the activity provides English Language Arts opportunities without the stigma of the traditional worksheets. Simply put, I need more Logic and strategy games, they are itching for new challenges. The item choices would broaden our selection and begin to branch out into the world of science.

Ms. Cerra
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run & STEM Toy For Boys & Girls Age 8 & Up - 2019 Toy of The Year Finalist • Amazon Business $58.88 1 $58.88
ThinkFun Laser Chess Two Player Strategy Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - MENSA Award Winner • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Yellow Mountain Imports 13.6-Inch Wooden Chinese Checkers Board Game Set with Colorful Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner • Amazon Business $29.84 1 $29.84
Think Fun 44001012 ThinkFun Domino Maze STEM Toy and Logic Game for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - Combines The Fun of Dominos with The Challenge of a Puzzle • Amazon Business $25.10 1 $25.10
ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Tons of Fun With Over 20 Awards Won, International Bestseller for Over 20 Years • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Lava Lamp Timer - Incredibly Effective Calming Toy for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer Kids & Adults • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95

Materials cost

$220.73

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.31

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$254.04

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$44.83

Total project goal

$298.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$298.87

1 Donor

-$298.87

Donations toward project cost

-$254.04

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$44.83

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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