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Mrs. Fijan from Whittier CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Busy Minds Need Engaging Activities!

My students need a carpet to have an organized seating area during Guided Reading and they need math and language learning games.

  • $444 goal

This project expired on December 22, 2011.

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My Students

What do first grade students do when their teacher is reading with a small group? Engaging games and activities are essential for busy minds to work independently! Also, they need a carpet for the Background Group to use so students can alternate roles and practice reading skills.

My students have quite an appetite for learning but because they live in a lower socio-economic area and many parents do not speak English they are starving for educational and creative opportunities.

Games are a fantastic way for them to learn valuable social skills and have fun learning as well. The first time I passed out a deck of cards and showed them a few math games, they couldn't get enough. Often they want to borrow something from the classroom to take home and share with their family. I have even seen them extend beyond the games to create their own games. They also enjoy role playing and sharing books they have read and stories they have written. They equally enjoy being the audience. For many of my students the classroom is the only place they will be exposed to experiences that help them develop social capital and open up all the possibilities the world has to offer them.

My Project

The carpet I have requested seats up to eight students. It is triangular so one student is the focal person. The other students would alternate to different shapes that would identify what activities they would do that day. By having the carpet to organize students' roles the students know what to do and minimizes disagreements. The center games and activities provide educational activities that students need to practice but are engaging and they can perform them with other students. The file folder activities are also self-correcting so they can make sure they are learning the materials correctly.

The materials I have requested serve two purposes during guided reading.

During this block of time I read with 3 different leveled reading groups. That leaves around 15 students that need to work independently for 45 minutes. Guided Reading is one of the most valuable tools the teacher has to help students develop strong reading skills and take on increasingly more difficult books. Therefore, it is essential that students know what to do during this time and have enough to do.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF196 - Phonemic Awareness Folder Game Library • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
FF199 - Word Work Folder Game Library • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
FG100X - Math & Language Learning Games - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $79.95 1 $79.95
RR454 - A Place for Everyone Grouptime Carpet for 8 • Lakeshore Learning $169.00 1 $169.00

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