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Mrs. Berlo from Fairfield OH is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breaking Out of the Everyday!

Help me give my students combination, directional, key, and words locks to create a seriously awesome breakout box to promote and engage active learning!

  • $268 goal

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My Students

My students are eager, thoughtful, and energetic. They love discovering, creating, and ask thoughtful questions. They enjoy hands-on, engaging activities that challenge them to find solutions and expand their knowledge. They come to school every day ready to try new things and challenge themselves. They are, simply, amazing!

I encourage my students to be life-long learners and strive daily to guide them to achieve their goals.

However, the method and style in which my students learn best can vary greatly, so in our classroom we incorporate a variety of learning modalities, group work, and movement to ensure that everyone’s needs are met. We are also firm believers in a growth mindset (“yet” is a powerful word!). I challenge my students to ask questions and take an active role in their learning.

My students come from economically diverse homes. Many of my students are working at becoming fluent in English, and speak another language at home. This means my students come from a variety of home environments, and because of this, my students are very accepting of differences in others. They are accommodating, welcoming, and have the biggest hearts. It is what I love the most teaching where I do!

My Project

Students love a good challenge. Put any topic in game form, and they are hooked! Breakout boxes combine the two with academic content, and present learning in a fun, engaging way. The students are completely involved! These materials will allow us to create breakout boxes so students are engaged in content related topics, using clues to open locks and solve academic puzzles.

Each breakout activity would be designed to support a specific math or science topic and would require my students to collaborate and communicate while thinking critically and creatively.

The combination, directional, and word locks are easily set to a new combinations, allowing them to be used again and again.

Pre-made lockout boxes can be very expensive, and only include enough materials to create one box. The materials we are asking for would allow our class to create six of these "kits", allowing for a whole class breakout activity. We would be very appreciative of these materials as they would create a fun, engaging method of learning.

Mrs. Berlo
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Master Lock 1535DWD Set Your Own Word Combination Padlock 1 Pack Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 6 $47.94
Master Lock 1500iD Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.98 6 $47.88
Combination Lock, 4 Digit Lock Combination Padlock Set, 4 Digit Lock, Re-settable Combo Lock, Gym Lock, School Lock, Locker Lock and Employee Lock • Amazon Business $6.99 6 $41.94
Master Lock Lockout Tagout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1-1/2 in Jaw Clearance, 421 • Amazon Business $4.75 6 $28.50
Master Lock Padlock, Solid Brass Lock, 3/4 in. Wide, 120T (Pack of 2-Keyed Alike) • Amazon Business $5.37 3 $16.11
Augbunny 600D Zipper Multi-purpose Waterproof School Office Home Supply Organizers Pouch Tool Bag 6-pack • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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