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Mrs. Shaw from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bounty of Board Games

Help me give my students strategy-based board games that will help improve critical thinking skills and math skills.

  • $298 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

The students at my school are an energetic and hardworking group of children. They enjoy coming to school, but school funding cuts over the years have impacted what schools can provide to individual classrooms.

I teach second grade in an urban neighborhood where all the students at school are eligible for free breakfast and free lunch.

Some students live below the poverty line and their families struggle to provide them with basic necessities needed to be successful in school. Despite these obstacles, our school has hard-working students, as well as teachers and staff, who strive to make our school a welcoming and inviting place. In addition, our school is one of the top-performing schools in the city.

My Project

My students love playing board games. I have a few great board games in the classroom but we need new board games to keep students engaged. The games I have selected for this project are ones that are strategy-based and most involve using math skills. Research has shown that playing board games can have positive outcomes for children. This will help students improve critical thinking skills as well as social skills.

Strategy games help children identify patterns, anticipate and plan ahead, solve problems, and use trial and error.

Board games can also help improve students social skills, such as collaboration, following directions, and cooperative learning. Academic skills will be enhanced as students have to use different strategies while playing. And board games are just great fun!!

Many of the board games I am requesting are perfect for helping students improve critical thinking skills. Kanoodle is a game where players have to create designs using specific pieces. Some designs can even be three-dimensional, making it an ideal game to boost spatial reasoning. I'm sure the Roller Coaster Challenge game will be a student favorite. Students have to build different roller coasters using the game cards. The pieces have to fit perfectly to allow the coaster to move through without falling off the track. This takes focus, concentration, and trial and error, necessary problem-solving skills that translate to academic excellence. 7 Ate 9 is a great game to maintain students' basic fact fluency. Students have to be accurate and quick as they solve problems. I reached out to several people who belong to a Board Game Club, one of whom owns a toy store. I asked for their recommendations and many of the games I am requesting are based on their ideas.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ticket to Ride: First Journey • Amazon Business $34.97 1 $34.97
Think Fun Roller Coaster Challenge STEM Toy Building Game Boys Girls Age 6 Up – Toty Game The Year Finalist • Amazon Business $29.79 1 $29.79
Out of the Box Publishing 7 ATE 9 - Fast and Fun Number Crunch'n Game • Amazon Business $29.05 1 $29.05
Sequence Numbers • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Splash Game for Kids 6 Years & Up - Winner of 5 Best Children's Game and Top Family Game Awards - Fast Action & Fast Fun! (ed 4 ) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Ideal 4-Way CountDown Game • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Stoneblade Entertainment Happy Salmon Blue Fish by North Star Games | Fast Paced Family Card Game • Amazon Business $15.06 1 $15.06
Scrabble Junior Game • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
Blue Orange Super Genius - Addition • Amazon Business $9.54 1 $9.54
Gamewright Slamwich Collector's Edition Tin • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Educational Insights Kanoodle Extreme • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
ThinkFun Math Dice Junior Game for Boys and Girls Age 6 and Up - Teachers Favorite and Toy of the Year Nominee • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

Materials cost

$219.48

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$252.77

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$44.61

Total project goal

$297.38

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$297.38

23 Donors

-$259.73

Donations toward project cost

-$223.02

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.71

match offer

-$35.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$29.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$5.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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