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Ms. Berghorst from Modesto CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books and STEM to Grow Our Minds

Help me give my students some books and STEM activities to promote language and learning.

  • $484 goal

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My Students

I am a first year teacher this year. It has always been my dream to have my very own classroom. I have been in education for 9 years. I am excited to make a difference in my students’ lives. Nearly all of my students are from low-income households and are transported to my school from all parts of the school district.

My students are fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students with emotional disturbance.

They work diligently to overcome the challenges of their disabilities and strive to be their best. I know they will challenge me, but I am excited to find ways to help them. I know teaching multiple grade levels to students, who are at, below, and above grade level will be demanding and rewarding at the same time.

When people say "It takes a village...," I have learned that it truly takes a village in order to meet the needs of every student in my classroom. For this reason, I do my best to be creative to provide them what they need and make our classroom a positive, safe, clean and inviting space. A space where they feel happy and want to come to class each day.

My Project

I am a new teacher and would to love to add some new books to our classroom and some hands on learning STEM activities to help grow the minds of my students. Adding STEM activities to my class will help my students work together and promote problem solving skill and communication.

My students love History, they are very interested and adding books about topics that are in our curriculum is just the best thing ever!

Adding more books that capture my students' interests will make them want to read. My goal is for my students to read 20 more books than they started the year out with. If they have books they like we can make this happen.

My students have a hard time working together in pairs or groups. I feel if I had more engaging materials in our classroom will help promote group work and conversations. My students will experience more success and I would create a better more engaged environment for learning.

Ms. Berghorst
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Buildings & Bridges • AKJ Education $25.17 1 $25.17
Gears! Gears! Gears!® 100-Piece Deluxe Building Set • AKJ Education $23.09 1 $23.09
Botely™ The Coding Robot Accessory Set • AKJ Education $13.99 1 $13.99
Stem Explorations: Levers & Pulleys Building Set • AKJ Education $13.49 1 $13.49
Stem Explorations: Gears Building Set • AKJ Education $13.49 1 $13.49
Ada Twist, Scientist • AKJ Education $13.29 1 $13.29
Marisol McDonald no combina (Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match) • AKJ Education $13.27 1 $13.27
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $12.59 1 $12.59
Each Kindness • AKJ Education $12.59 1 $12.59
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes • AKJ Education $12.59 1 $12.59
The Invisible Boy • AKJ Education $11.89 1 $11.89
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • AKJ Education $11.89 1 $11.89
KEVA Brain Builders • AKJ Education $11.17 1 $11.17
Catching Fire • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $8.78 1 $8.78
The Giver • AKJ Education $6.98 1 $6.98
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Speak • AKJ Education $6.14 1 $6.14
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Boy Called Slow • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Color of His Own • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Rainbow of My Own • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Because of Mr. Terupt • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Among The Hidden • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Multiplying Menace • AKJ Education $5.57 1 $5.57
I Survived #5: I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
American Revolution • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
Two Homes • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
Volcanoes! • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Pigs Peek • AKJ Education $4.20 1 $4.20
What Is the Declaration of Independence? • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
What Were the Twin Towers? • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
What Was the Gold Rush? • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
Who Was Ben Franklin? • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Captain Underpants #2) • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
What Was the Underground Railroad? • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1) • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
Hungry, Hungry Sharks! • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
Cooking with the Grinch (Dr. Seuss) • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
One Happy Classroom • AKJ Education $3.47 1 $3.47
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Hi! Fly Guy (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $2.79 1 $2.79
The Cat in the Hat: Cooking with the Cat • AKJ Education $2.79 1 $2.79

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