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Mrs. Miller from Anderson IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Build It and They Will Learn

My students need a variety of materials like K'NEX LINCOLN LOGS, craft sticks, index cards, dominos to build their own structure, fostering creativity and imagination.

  • $306 goal

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My Students

Do you remember building with blocks or creating something new? My second-grade students are inquisitive and creative and like to build. They love hands-on activities where they can explore and experiment. However, being in a transit and high poverty community, some have not had the opportunity to experience many science activities.

My students are budding scientists, engineers and architects!

They participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) activities throughout the week with an exciting ending project on Friday.

My Project

My students love to create and build, but many do not have the growth mindset needed to make a structure, quickly giving up before finishing a difficult project. The picture books from this project will spear conversation about working as a team to help support each other. The pictures and illustrations in the book "Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building" will expose the children to famous buildings around the world to help their imagination. But most importantly, the books "Iggy Peck, Architect" and "The Most Magnificent Thing" will inspire them to dream and then problem solve to meet their creative vision of a building and to persevere to complete their project.

To foster their creativity and imagination, the students need a variety of materials to build their own structure.

They will first use dominoes and see how easily one push could topple their whole building down and thus, the importance of a good foundation. The students will learn that they need to choose wisely which materials would be the best for their own project and how to best use those materials. Materials offered will include plastic cups, craft sticks, index cards, Lincoln Logs, foil, and masking tape. After building a structure, the students will explain how they created it and why they chose those particular materials. To be able to explain their thinking and problem solving is huge for many of the students, a skill that can empower children in all areas of learning.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
K'NEX LINCOLN LOGS – 100th Anniversary Tin - 111 All-Wood Pieces – Ages 3+ Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $35.99 2 $71.98
ULT-unite 120pcs Wooden Dominos Blocks Set, Kids Game Educational Play Toy, Domino Racing Toy Game • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil (200 Square Foot Roll) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Scotch General Purpose Masking Tape, 2020-24A-CP, 0.94-Inch by 60.1-Yards, 9 Rolls • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
TashiBox 12 oz clear plastic cups - 200 count - Disposable cold drink party cups • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Natural Wood Craft Sticks (Pack of 1,000) • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
12 Decks Playing Cards Set - Classic Poker Card Game Bulk Set of Twelve Standard Size Blue and Red Packs Great for Family Night By Neliblu • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
AmazonBasics Heavy Weight Ruled Index Cards, White, 3x5-Inch, 100-Count • Amazon Business $2.89 4 $11.56

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