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Ms. Jay from Brooklyn NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Boys Who Build

My students need legos to bring to life our "My Community" Social Studies unit and "Forces and Motion" Science unit.

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My Students

Boys, boys, boys! That's what I have a lot of this year. Sixteen rowdy, rough-housing, lovely Kindergarten boys (and ten lovely girls, too). Two can't seem to move without kicking their feet up in the air (literally....) and three speak zero English.

The children in my classroom attend a high-poverty public school in Brooklyn, New York.

Our classroom is the self-contained ELL (English Language Learner) Kindergarten classroom. This school year my students speak Haitian-Creole, Fulani (West Africa), Bengali, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese. For many, Kindergarten is the first time they have been away from their parents. If you look into the eyes of my boys, you can see their inquisitiveness, their desire to learn. But with the ever-increasing academic expectations in Kindergarten, that curiosity is sometimes quenched by the sheer pressure of it all, or transformed into behaviors that bring about stern "No!"s. This is my quest: to help my children meet (and exceed!) the academic expectations of our "My Community" (Social Studies - January/February) and "Forces and Motion" (Science - March/April) units while encouraging inquisitiveness and curiosity.

My Project

Here's how I envision using the Legos: during the months of November/December, I would incorporate Legos into center time. Playing with Legos helps develop fine motor skills which, in turn, helps those students who have little experience with pencils/crayons. This time would also be an opportunity for the children to explore the Legos and give them a chance to discover Lego possibilities. During the months of January/February, I would add the Community Legos to the mix, encouraging the children to recreate scenes and stories about what we are learning about our particular community. During the months of March/April, I would replace the Community Legos with the wheels and Simple Machine Legos. Students would have the chance to explore friction, simple machines and ramps. During this Lego time, children would be reviewing the curriculum (community/forces and motion), be active constructors of their own learning and be practicing language related to the curriculum.

When my boys' imaginations are captured, I sometimes just watch them and marvel.

When their imaginations AREN'T captured, well, I don't marvel so much.... I want to do more for the boys in my class: I want to help my boys master the material of Kindergarten in a space where they are totally engaged and enthralled in the process. And I think these Legos are a step in that direction. (Oh, and by the way, my girls are going to dig the Legos, too).

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Ms. Jay
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO DUPLO Early Simple Machines III Set • Nasco $104.95 1 $104.95
LEGO Community Builders Set • Nasco $124.95 1 $124.95
Large Building Plate Set • Nasco $25.95 1 $25.95
Community Workers Set • Nasco $41.95 1 $41.95
Big Bricks Set • Nasco $38.95 1 $38.95
Wheels Set • Nasco $33.95 1 $33.95

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