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Mrs. Squire from Lexington VA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Board Games Teach Important Skills!

My students need updated board games to practice problem-solving skills, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and patience. In addition, the echo dot will be used to answer questions when I am working with other students.

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My Students

Do you remember sitting down and playing board games as a child? At a time when so many students are glued to television and video games, board games teach my students critical thinking, collaboration, and social skills.

My students are unique learners who come to school eager for exciting learning opportunities that go beyond skills needed for standardized testing.

Students in my class in western Virginia come from a variety of education and socioeconomic backgrounds. I strive to build a caring, community of learners who are willing to support each other and take risks in order to reach their fullest potential.

My Project

Each summer I take time to reflect on ways to make my classroom more inviting and exciting. My students work hard each day and achieve very high standardized test scores. To encourage students to begin the day on a positive note and to develop skills not addressed on standardized tests like cooperation, interpersonal communication, and teamwork, I begin each day with 20 minutes of academic choice time. This choice time helps build relationships, encourages students to arrive at school early, and gives students the opportunity to choose an activity of interest. I initiated academic choice this year and it was an overwhelming success with students, parents, and administration who saw happy students and high standardized test scores.

Students are often drawn to technology, but new and updated board games are an excellent way to develop essential skills in problem-solving, working memory formation, fair play, communication and persistence.

Although board games are an excellent resource for demonstrating social skills such as courtesy, teamwork, critical thinking and choice, my classroom games are outdated and worn, so they are not always exciting to third graders. These new games including Quarto, Kanoodle, Othello, Kingdomino, IQ Builder, Blokus, Apples to Apples Junior, and Qwixx will be taught one by one, and then be available for students to play throughout the school year. Students will be expected to play with a variety of partners, care for the games and play by the rules, all important life lessons. Each game was chosen because it incorporated a variety of skills that will support both academic and social skills.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Black • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Gigamic Quarto Classic Game • Amazon Business $34.75 1 $34.75
IQ BUILDER STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Blocks Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Activity Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.77 1 $24.77
Educational Insights Kanoodle Head-to-Head Brain Game • Amazon Business $21.20 1 $21.20
Mindware Square Up • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Othello Classic Game (2 Player) • Amazon Business $17.39 1 $17.39
Blue Orange Games Kingdomino Award Winning Family Strategy Board Game • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Mattel Games Blokus Game • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Comparisons! • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Qwixx - A Fast Family Dice Game • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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