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Mrs. Cappelli from Fresno CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cashing in on Financial Literacy!

Help me give my students a classroom money kit with bills, coins, and a till to learn about money and financial literacy, as well as rewards for their efforts in small group interventions.

  • $222 goal

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My Students

I teach in a culturally-rich, high-poverty school where all of our students receive free breakfast, healthy snacks, and lunch. Through no actions of their own, these kids have been dealt a hand that will make their school careers more challenging than for some other children, in more ways than one.

The challenges that some of our students may face are a lack of resources such as transportation or other economic hardships that may result in their family becoming homeless.

Our school is filled with hardworking, dedicated teachers and staff who meet the challenges of working with an at-risk population on a daily basis. We work very hard at creating a sense of community for our children, their parents, and of course the staff of our school. Thank you for your support in this endeavor!

My Project

As I work with my students who have identified weaknesses in the area of math, I see a need for a more realistic way to bring in manipulatives for my upper-grade students. Incorporating money and real-world skills is so important, and so many of my students are very unaware of the identification and value of the coins and bills we take for granted as adults. I do use a curriculum that incorporates using dollars and cents, menus, and creating tickets for tangible items. In addition, we work on scenarios involving paying for items and determining how much money we should give or receive in return as change.

Where I find we are lacking is in having a concrete representation that is motivating and will help my students move through representation to abstract thinking in regards to building their math minds.

This is where I get to say, "Show me the money!"

By having not only the money, but also a till, I want to simulate the job I am asking them to do when we perform problem-solving and calculation that addresses their goals. These tills will be more mature than your typical classroom cash register, and will be more appropriate for my older learners. I am also requesting some of their favorite small rewards for their hard work: Mike and Ikes and watermelon gum! Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Cappelli
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC887 - Lakeshore Classroom Money Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 4 $119.96
Mentos Pure Fresh Sugar-Free Chewing Gum with Xylitol, Watermelon, 50 Count, Pack of 4 • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Mike and Ike Chewy Candy, Original, 5 Ounce (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $10.56 1 $10.56

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