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Ms. Wheeler from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Busy Bodies, Busy Brains

Help me give my students tools to help them focus better on their learning such as bouncy bands, fidget toys, gel balls and footrests.

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My Students

I teach 5th grade Language Arts at a Title I school in Houston. The majority of my students come from economically disadvantaged households. Like at any school, the students in my class have a wide range of learning styles, interests, strengths and weaknesses, and backgrounds.

Despite their unique qualities, one thing that my students have in common is a strong desire to learn that is sometimes hindered by a lack of resources.

They do not always have access to the supplies that are taken for granted by some, such as engaging reading materials.

My Project

I have a group this year that fidgets a LOT. Even when their voices are completely off, it is never silent in my room. My students can frequently be found tapping their pencils, folding sticky notes and index cards into origami creations, and hitting their feet against the floor out of a desire to keep their bodies busy while they are learning. This works for a while, until it becomes a distraction either to the student, their classmates, or me.

My students would greatly benefit from fidgets and other tools, like Bouncy Bands for Desks and Tangle Therapy, that would help them focus on their learning by giving them something tactile to work with while they are working.

This would increase productivity in class and, therefore, increase student learning.

In addition, I believe the resources funded through this project would result in a significant decrease in behavior problems that arise out of a need to be moving in some way, therefore resulting in drastically more effective and efficient learning.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BOUNCY BANDS FOR DESKS • School Specialty $14.19 10 $141.90
THINK-N-ROLL FOOTREST • School Specialty $13.27 10 $132.70
FIDGET CATERPINCH • School Specialty $13.27 5 $66.35
WHEEL FIDGET • School Specialty $13.27 5 $66.35
ABILITATIONS GEL BALL • School Specialty $5.67 10 $56.70
TANGLE THERAPY • School Specialty $9.44 5 $47.20
RING TEXTURED • School Specialty $7.59 5 $37.95
TANGLE JR HAIRY • School Specialty $6.60 5 $33.00
FIDGET WATER WIGGLIES JELLYFISH • School Specialty $5.67 5 $28.35
FIDGET POPPIN PEEPERS BRAIN • School Specialty $4.75 5 $23.75
TANGLE RELAX THERAPY • School Specialty $4.75 5 $23.75
TANGLE JR FUZZIES • School Specialty $3.76 5 $18.80
TANGLE JR TEXTURED • School Specialty $2.83 5 $14.15

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