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Mrs. Zelazny from Los Angeles CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Puzzle Plea

The cost of seven puzzles including Lewis and Clark Expedition puzzle, Map of the World puzzle, and M.C. Escher puzzle is $125, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $138 goal

This project expired on April 17, 2007.

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Hello, I teach fourth grade at Alta Loma Elementary School in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, California. My class is a mainstream general education class with one quarter special education students. These students struggle with a variety of academic, physical, speech and social challenges. One student who has extreme social and physical challenges is a jigsaw puzzle wiz! So I have created a puzzle center for him to share his talents with the other students. This area has enabled him to socialize and practice conversation skills in a situation where he has confidence. All of my students love this center and are eager to have their turn working on the puzzle of the week. I notice that it has really helped several of my special education students develop their confidence. During the pre-teen years academic challenges are frustrating, but it's the social and speech challenges that are isolating. This puzzle center has become a place where all of the children are able to meet in small groups and work together regardless of academic skills. Students may only go to puzzle center after completing their school work, which is a great motivator! This center is also used on days when the weather makes outdoor recess impossible. The puzzle center has become an amazing positive cycle. Students feel confident about the task and relax. When they are relaxed, they socialize and speak with greater ease. This in-turn helps them to be seen as "normal" by their peers and again boosts their confidence! So far I have been stocking this center with small 100 piece puzzles from the $ store, but it is clear to me that we are ready to move on to more challenging puzzles. I am requesting some special jigsaw puzzles to connect to our science and social studies themes.

Mrs. Zelazny
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tropical Impressions 1000 Piece Puzzle Ravensburger • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Map of the World Puzzle Great American Puzzle Factory • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
The Lewis & Clark Expedition Puzzle Great American Puzzle Factory • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Men Walk on the Moon Ravensburger • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Woodland Stranger Large Format 300 Piece Puzzle Ravensburger • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
M.C. Escher Puzzle - Sun and Moon • Delta Education $10.95 1 $10.95
The Scrambled States of America Jigsaw Puzzle: 150 piece Laurie Keller, Manufactured by Ceaco • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95

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