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Ms. Smith from Memphis TN is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Independent & Self-Sufficient Learners

Help me give my students a Q-Ball to support their public speaking in front of others!

  • $575 goal

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My Students

We are two classes of energetic, excited, and enthusiastic mathematicians and scientists. We have worked incredibly hard over the past two years (I had my students in second grade too!) to build a strong culture of community and family. We support each other, encourage each other, and most importantly, we truly love one another.

In class, we love tackling new mathematical concepts and exploring the world around us!

As third graders, we are excited about being in "upper" elementary now, and we are always looking for new ways to build our independence and demonstrate our creativity.

My Project

My students love engaging with the math and science they see around them every single day. This project will help to provide my students with the tools they need to build their own independence in the classroom to become self-sufficient learners.

The Q-Ball will be used during classroom discussions as a tool to amplify the voice of the person speaking.

This will help our classmates hear one another better and facilitate smoother and more natural academic discourse. The lights and chimes will serve as natural reminders for transitions and clean-up, allowing students to manage their own work time. The science newsletters will provide our students with more exposure to non-fiction, grade-level texts about science topics occurring all around them.

Our students are most excited about the possibility of having Alexa in our classroom! Our kids ask so many wonderful, thought-provoking questions throughout the day. "Why doesn't a dolphin's blow hole fill with water when they are underwater? Why do sea turtles prefer to be solitary when dolphins like to live in groups?" I would love for students to have an Alexa in the classroom to ask all of our scientific questions and be able to receive an immediate response!

Ms. Smith
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Qball Throwable Microphone - 2.4Ghz up to 75 ft range • Amazon Business $199.00 1 $199.00
Scholastic News, Grade 3 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Magazines and Book Clubs $5.75 28 $161.00
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Woodstock Chimes - The ORIGINAL Guaranteed Musically Tuned Chime, Zenergy - Trio • Amazon Business $23.40 1 $23.40
BIGLIGHT Push Lights, RGB Touch Lights, Battery Operated Closet Light, Wireless Tap Light, LED Puck Lights, Remote Controlled Color Changing Lights, Stick on Voice Level Lights for Classroom, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99

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