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Mrs. Stephenson from Gooding ID is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Breaking Into English: Escape to Excellence through Critical Thinking

Help me give my students an engaging classroom experience combining hands-on learning with critical thinking through escape room style activities.

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My Students

I teach English Language Arts in a mastery rotation for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Our extremely small, public charter school is situated in rural Southern Idaho, a mostly agricultural area. Many of my students travel from several surrounding communities, come from diverse backgrounds, and have limited resources.

Inquisitive, creative, and students are ready for a challenge!

My students are immersed in country life outside of school, keeping their schedules full! They enjoy learning, but many times not in the same way as their peers. To reach all students, creativity in delivery methods is extremely important. I am always looking for ways to up the ante in English, making it more engaging to help instill a desire for students to find their voice.

My Project

When a teacher says "critical thinking," many automatically assume it is for math or technology classes; however, to become great writers and find a unique voice, students must learn to think with logic and creativity. A primary focus in my English classes for upper elementary age students is to help them learn to problem solve and think critically. Breakout EDU is a platform that brings the challenge of an escape room to the classroom encouraging critical thinking and teamwork among students.

Your donation to my project is greatly appreciated and will help engage students in collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, while bolstering communication skills.

Escape rooms are all the rage! What a fun way to learn English standards in the classroom! The re-settable items in a Breakout EDU kit create a "hands-on immersive experience for students where they work collaboratively with peers and use critical thinking to solve content-aligned challenges." There are so many options with these kits: grammar scavenger hunts, library mix-ups. One I am particularly excited about is, A Midsummer Night's Dance, as I teach that Shakespeare play to my 5th grader's each year. There are endless engagement options with this platform to help encourage and challenge ALL my learners!

Mrs. Stephenson
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Breakout EDU Kit & Platform Access • AKJ Education $150.00 1 $150.00

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