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Mrs. McGlennon from Newport News VA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Our Way Through History

My students need a creative way to show what they know in our Virginia Studies curriculum and building structures with Legos will fulfill that plus dry erase clipboards will make group work more mobile.

  • $218 goal

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My Students

I teach in an inner city, Title I public school where approximately 92% of the students are on free and reduced lunch. My students do not often get to play outside because of the high crime rate where they live. My goal is to maintain a classroom where children feel safe to learn, create and explore, leaving outside worries at the door.

The students I teach are smart, inquisitive, and have a love for learning.

Each day is a new opportunity for students to become immersed in mathematical problem solving or delving into our Virginia history, unlocking the past through analyzing artifacts and primary source material. From the start to finish of each day, Reading is intertwined in all teaching. This class comes to school each day ready to learn. I feel fortunate to be their teacher.

My Project

In our 4th grade class, we spend the year going from one period of Virginia history to the other. Using Legos will give my students the opportunity to actually build the Jamestown Fort, a Powhatan Village, or a colonial town.

I feel that using Legos in the classroom is another way to enhance learning, add some hands-on engagement, and motivate my students.

Legos are such popular building materials that 4th graders will be inspired to continue their learning in a three dimensional mode.

In addition, we do a great deal of group work and using dry erase clipboards will serve 2 purposes: first, students will have a reusable workspace plus any other papers they may be using will also be contained on the clipboard. Dry-erase clipboards seem like a well-designed learning tool that our class cannot wait to integrate in our class structure.

Mrs. McGlennon
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $48.00 1 $48.00
Clipboard Dry Erase Surface 9'' x 12.5'' Letter Size Low Profile Clip Whiteboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Vibrant Colors, 16-Count • Amazon Business $13.98 2 $27.96
Upgrade Stackable Building Base Plates- Baseplate 10" x 10" in Variety Color, Compatible with all Major Brands (6PC Mixed) • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Whiteboard Eraser Small Magnetic Whiteboard Dry Erasers,2 3/4 x 1 9/16 Inches,Random Color by SuoSuo (24Pcs) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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