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Ms. Hermsmeier from Charlottesville VA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Architects and Engineers and Critical Thinkers, Oh My!

My students need problem solving building kits, blocks and books about engineering/STEM in order to enrich our STEM curriculum and allow engagement in STEM activities.

  • $531 goal

This project expired on February 1, 2016.

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My Students

How does that work? Let me try!" In our class, students are regularly discovering new ideas and learning new concepts. Our children love to build and create in a hands-on fashion. They are always excited to try something new and problem-solve a solution to challenge presented.

For some, this is their first time in a full day school setting.

Many of my students come from homes where more than one language is spoken. In fact, this year's class boasts six different languages! They are all instructed in English every day and Spanish at least three times a week. Several students are differently abled. Some lack many educational materials at home. The parents depend upon the school to provide students with enriching educational experiences. All of the kids are excited about learning and are highly interested and motivated when we are learning new concepts. They are especially engrossed in their learning when we are engaged in a STEM unit of study. I am hoping to create more experiences related to construction, but need the materials to make this dream a reality for my students.

My Project

My students will use these materials to test the principles they learn during our building and design units. They will be able to learn the concepts by directly and actively engaging with these materials. These materials will allow students to experience learning hands-on, which is the way they learn best. In addition, being able to interact with the construction materials and problem solve to create sturdy structures that directly relate to our content areas. They will also be able to use the materials engage in dramatic play and gain yet another opportunity to practice their English and Spanish vocabulary. The materials will be used during our Extended Learning Time, content and Centers time.

These materials will allow children to engage in additional oral language and dramatic play centers in the classroom while simultaneously building their critical thinking skills and STEM skills necessary for successful learning that will benefit them this year and in the future.

Ms. Hermsmeier
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Melissa & Doug Architectural Unit Block Set • Amazon Business $54.24 1 $54.24
LEGO Architecture White House (21006) • Amazon Business $44.53 1 $44.53
WT363 - Medium Tuff Tote • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 3 $38.97
Treehaus Wood Castle Blocks • Amazon Business $36.33 1 $36.33
LEGO Disney Princess Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
LEGO Friends 41037 Stephanie's Beach House, 369 Pcs • Amazon Business $34.25 1 $34.25
Guidecraft Tabletop Building Blocks - Greek Block Set G6104 • Amazon Business $29.50 1 $29.50
LEGO Creator Treehouse 31010 Toy Interlocking Building Sets • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Middle Eastern Architectural Blocks • Amazon Business $23.74 1 $23.74
LEGO City Fire Truck 60002 • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Melissa & Doug Royal Family Wooden Doll Set • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
Goatilocks and the Three Bears • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Neat-Oh! LEGO Friends ZipBin Heartlake Place Transforming Toy Box • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Engineering the ABC's: How Engineers Shape Our World • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
How a House Is Built • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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