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  • $385 goal

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Mrs. M.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed


The cost of these student prizes like chalk, candy, balls and more is $385, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE PART IN THE CHECKBOOK CHALLENGE? Columbia Explorers Academy is located in Chicago, an area known as Brighton Park. A majority of students (98%) are from low income families and receive free/ reduced lunch. Many of the students are enrolled in the bilingual program, Spanish and English. To connect math with the real world and the responsibilities in the classroom, I developed a lesson that will last the whole school year called THE CHECKBOOK CHALLENGE. The checkbook challenge will reinforce the use of decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication and fraction use while connecting the activity to banking. At the beginning of the year the students are introduced to the checkbook, how to write out checks, how to balance and add deposits to the checkbook. In order for the students to get "money" deposited into the checkbook, the students must complete homework assignments, maintain good classroom behavior, and participate in the classroom activities. The students have to write the teacher a check if they are missing 2-3 homework assignments, when they are tardy to class (other than excused), if they come to class unprepared, to purchase a pencil or pens, and if they had broken a class rule. At the end of the month, students are allowed to go to our classroom store and purchase items with the amount of money in their checkbooks. Students may also save their money and purchase items later. I am asking for books, games, posters, candy, and balls that the students will be allowed to "purchase" in the school store. I am hoping that this project helps the student to become responsible with money, reinforces mathematical knowledge, and connects math to everyday life. Thank You!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ESCHER ART POSTERS ST6 • Nasco $37.40 1 $37.40
Sports Ball & Bag Set (set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $34.36 1 $34.36
SORRY BOARD GAME • Nasco $17.05 1 $17.05
White Sox World Series 2005 Edition Uno card Game Sababa Toys • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
SCRABBLE FOR JUNIORS GAME • Nasco $10.75 2 $21.50
Hoot Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $8.06 1 $8.06
Harry Potter Uno Mattel Staff • Barnes and Noble $7.15 2 $14.30
WONKA MIX-UPS 1-LB 6-OZ PARTY BAG -- Wonka Mix-Ups Assorted Candy • Quill Corporation $6.29 2 $12.58
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Young Adult Novelization) Patricia C. Wrede • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Star Wars Trilogy:The Return of the Jedi Ryder Windham, Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Based On Work by George Lucas • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Young Adult Novelization) Patricia C. Wrede, Screenplay by George Lucas • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Star Wars: A New Hope Ryder Windham • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg, Barry David Marcus • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Week in the Woods Andrew Clements • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Love That Dog Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Loser Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli (Editor), Joanna Cotler (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Crash Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Borrowers Mary Norton, Beth Krush (Illustrator), Joe Krush (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare, David M. Bevington, David Bevington (Editor), James Hammersmith (Editor), David Scott Kastan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
BUCKET OF SIDEWALK CHALK -- Chenille Kraft Sidewalk Chalk • Quill Corporation $2.96 3 $8.88
CHECKERS • Nasco $2.25 4 $9.00

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