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Mr. Billedo from Torrance CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Accessing the Content Areas Through Art

My students need new scissors, black Sharpie markers, and colored pencils in order to create art that correlates with the 5th grade content areas.

  • $583 goal

This project expired on June 17, 2012.

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My Students

Imagine being a student in class and your teacher has found art activities to connect to the content areas such as social studies, science, math, and language arts. The lessons take twice or three times as long because there aren't enough scissors and colored pencils to go around.

My students are hardworking students from the state of California.

They are one of the few classes I have had that embrace all forms of the arts. They love to sing and act, but for the most part are in love with the visual arts. Our school is going through the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate School. Three of the six fundamental themes of the program are "How We Express Ourselves", "Who We Are", and "Where We Are in Place and Time". By connecting the arts to the grade level content areas, students are able to explore these themes in an environment that engages them.

My Project

With your donation to the classroom project, students will be able to use their new materials in art lessons that connect to the content areas. The markers will be used in a culminating art activity after students learn about the early European explorers and their ships. The art activity is called "Clipper Ships with Watercolors" and the markers are used to darken the lines in the paintings. The scissors will be used throughout. In math, they will be used to cut out child created patterns for tessellations. In social studies, the scissors will be used to created Jasper Johns inspired state flags. Finally, the woodless colored pencils will be used as a tool in coloring a science activity called, "From a Bug's Perspective" where the students will create an ordinary scene from the point of view of an insect. The colored pencils will also be used in an art/writing/social studies activity about U.S. landmarks and why these landmarks are important to our country.

Scissors, permanent markers, and colored pencils seem like materials that should be commonplace in every school.

But with budget cuts in all areas of education, many of these items are no longer seen as necessities in the classroom but as "extras". Engagement in the curriculum is a powerful learning tool and that's why art plays an essential part in classroom lessons. But without these materials, the students lose engagement as they wait their turn in order to complete the art activity.

Mr. Billedo
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 38 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SCISSOR FISKARS FOR KIDS 5'' SHARP PACK OF 12 W/1-RACK • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $22.69 4 $90.76
MARKER SHARPIE BLACK ULTRA FINE PACK OF 12 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $8.79 5 $43.95
KOH-I-NOOR WDLS CLRD PNCL • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $6.17 40 $246.80

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