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Mrs. Cox from Albuquerque NM is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Breakout of the Ordinary:Less Lecturing and More Problem Solving

My students need the boxes, locks, flashlights, and UV pens to experience lessons where they have to accomplish tasks, solve clues, and break into their box as a group.

  • $306 goal

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My Students

We all need more students coming into our libraries. Our school library services middle school students from sixth to eighth grade and we operate on a flexible schedule. This allows us to accommodate several classes at once, individual students, and small groups of students. We are also open before school and during both of our students lunches. Students can come in whenever they need a new book, need to find resources, work on projects, in groups, need a safe place, or with their class. Between before school and just our two lunches we see approximately two-hundred and fifty students in a day. This doesn't include when we have scheduled classes.

We have a wide range of different socio-economic backgrounds in our school and we see this in the library every day.

We have many students from different ethnicities as well. Our library is a classroom where I get to see so many different students throughout the year. The amazing thing about the library is that we are able to provide lessons and resources to accommodate different languages, backgrounds, reading levels, and interests. We are able to provide resources and lessons not to just a singular class but multiple classes.

My Project

We will use all the materials funded to create lessons students can work on cooperatively together. Students will have to accomplish tasks and solve puzzles using clues to break into their box. These materials will be utilized for library lessons but will also be used in classrooms. The boxes will be set up around a theme with the object for students to work together to break into the locked box.

The library and the teachers at my school will have access to these materials for lessons to break students out of their ordinary routines.

Lessons will take approximately 20-60 minutes, depending on the theme and lesson. An example of this would be a library orientation. Our school mascot has gotten locked into the box and students must work together to accomplish tasks and solve clues to rescue our mascot. The team who can accomplish this in the fastest time will receive an award. Tasks will include getting oriented to the library, using different areas of the library, finding books, and working together. By using the materials for a library orientation, the thousand students who attend school will get to experience breaking out of the ordinary.

By using a breakout model instead of traditional lecturing, students get to use their own skills and continue practice working in groups. This can motivate students and make learning about a topic or new concept fun. We can always add a little more fun to academics.

Mrs. Cox
Grades 6-8

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Speed Dial Combination Lock, 2-1/8 in. Wide, White/Pink, 1500iDPNK • Amazon Business $13.39 3 $40.17
Home-X Dictionary Diversion Book Safe with Key Lock, Metal • Amazon Business $12.95 3 $38.85
Stalwart 75-005 Metal Storage Lock Box, 12" • Amazon Business $9.98 3 $29.94
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $8.66 3 $25.98
Puroma 2 Pack Combination Lock 4 Digit Padlock for School Gym Locker,Sports Locker,Fence,Toolbox,Case,Hasp Storage(Black) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
American Lock Lockout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1 in. Jaw Clearance, ALO80 • Amazon Business $6.65 3 $19.95
Master Lock Padlock, Covered Aluminum Lock, 1 9/16 in. Wide, Black, 141D • Amazon Business $5.98 3 $17.94
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Combination Lock Luggage Lock, 13/16 in. Wide, 646T (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $8.05 2 $16.10
Findway 5 UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
KERRT Invisible Pen with UV Light Secret Message Pens(Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $5.10 1 $5.10

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