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Mrs. Gaines from Fayetteville NC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Year of Project-Based Learning

Help me give my students materials (giant Post-its, a variety of texts, trays, and dino eggs) for a school year filled with project-based learning.

  • $225 goal

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My Students

I teach at a Title I school located near Fort Bragg, NC. My students come from a variety of backgrounds including military, high poverty, and single-parent households. My students enjoy coming to school as an escape from other aspects in their lives. When Friday rolls around, they beg to come back on Saturday which makes me happy that they love school but sad that they would rather be at school than with their families.

I feel very blessed to go to a job that I love every day.

The days fly by because I genuinely love what I do. My role is to guide and support my students through their first grade educational journey but along the way they are guiding me to be a better person and educator.

My Project

My principal has built in enrichment time into my weekly schedule which means I am able to tailor my time towards things that excite my students. I started Project-Based learning last school year and the children were over the moon excited. I have taken a professional development course on project-based learning so I am ready to really put it in place in my classroom on a regular basis.

When children are excited, there are fewer behavior issues and a greater amount of learning as well as students teaching each other.

I have chosen materials that will get us through the school year ranging from a pumpkin based project, animal projects, and a dinosaur project. I am being realistic with the projects and the time that we have.

The pumpkin and squash books will be used to start a learning experience during that fall where we student types of squash and their decomposition. The trays will be utilized for sorting, carrying the squash, watching the decomposition, etc. The animal texts will be used for a bulk of the project-based learning that we do as six and seven year olds are obsessed with animals. They will use the giant Post-It notes to share what they have learned. Finally, the dinosaur eggs will be part of an end of the year project where we hatch them, work on fossils, and set up a museum.

Mrs. Gaines
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
New Star Foodservice 24364 Fast Food Tray, 10 by 14-Inch, Blue, Set of 12 • Amazon Business $19.50 2 $39.00
Dreamoo 24 Pcs Dinosaur Eggs, 2.5'' Large Size Novelty Magic Toys Filled Dino Dragon That Hatch in Water Pool Toys for Kids Boys Girls Birthday Holiday Party Favors, Black Crack • Amazon Business $23.98 1 $23.98
Post-it Super Sticky Portable Tabletop Easel Pad w/ Dry Erase Panel, 20x23 Inches, 20 Sheets/Pad, 1 Pad, One Side White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, One Side Dry Erase, Built-in Stand (563DE) • Amazon Business $20.17 1 $20.17
Sophie's Squash • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Post-it Super Sticky Big Notes, 15 x 15 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 1 Pad (BN15), Large Neon Orange Paper, Super Sticking Power, Sticks and Resticks • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Post-it Super Sticky Big Notes, 11 x 11 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 1 Pad (BN11), Large Bright Yellow Paper, Super Sticking Power, Sticks and Resticks • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Pumpkin Jack • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
What If You Had Animal Eyes? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had Animal Feet? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What If You Had An Animal Nose? • Amazon Business $4.88 1 $4.88
What If You Had Animal Ears? • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
What If You Had Animal Hair? • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
What If You Had Animal Teeth? • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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