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Ms. Castañeda from Haltom City TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Economy

Help me give my students materials for our classroom economy including classroom money, wallets and rewards to be purchased with their money.

  • $503 goal

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My Students

I have two classes full of creative, energetic and curious fourth graders. My students impress me everyday with their enthusiasm for learning. My kiddos challenge me to think outside the box as a teacher and individual, and we've created a community of mutual collaboration and encouragement.

My students inspire me to take risks and try new things in the classroom because they just roll with it.

When we try something new, they give me suggestions to make it better and often, have great solutions to obstacles I didn't anticipate. When I am excited about a new idea and share it with them, they are too, and show me grace when it doesn't work out, and flexibility as we adjust to make it work. These are two qualities that are hard for adults to exhibit.

For many of my students, school is their only safe space. I strive to be the teacher they deserve everyday in the classroom and advocate for the resources they need.

My Project

These materials would provide the resources needed to implement our classroom economy. This will be my third year implementing a classroom economy and it has been wildly successful for classroom managements and our financial literacy unit in the past!

Students will be paid 'bonuses' to reward good behavior and work habits.

They will be responsible for tracking their bonuses in their balance books each day and calculating their balance each week. On Fridays, we open the 'bank' and students will receive their cash for that week's bonuses. This is great practice for students to count money, learn the function of a bank and keep track of their money.

Every six weeks, we set up our class 'store' and students take turns managing the store and shopping with their money. During this time, students learn the skill of bargaining, selling goods to make a profit and the concept of supply and demand. At the end of each semester, we then have an auction for big ticket items sponsored by local businesses.

Ms. Castañeda
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RA521 - Paper Money • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
JPSOR Zipper Pencil Pouch - 16 8-Color Plastic Zipper File Bags for Cosmetics, Bills, Stationery and Travel Storage (24×12cm) • Amazon Business $12.99 4 $51.96
POKONBOY 30 PCS Mochi Squishy Toys - Mini Squishies Slow Rising Panda Squishy Animals Stress Relief Animal Toys Birthday Party Favors • Amazon Business $10.95 3 $32.85
Steelmaster Replacement 10-Compartment Cash Tray for Model 2215CBTGY, Gray (221M23) • Amazon Business $10.27 3 $30.81
ArtBin Store-In-Drawer Cabinet, 30 Art and Craft Supply Storage Drawers, 6830PC • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
30 Pieces Cute Cartoon Gel Ink Pens Rollerball Pens Assorted Style Writing Pens for Home Office School Kids Gift • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Mini Cube, Puzzle Party Toy, Eco-Friendly Material with Vivid Colors,Party Favor School Supplies Puzzle Game Set for Boy Girl Kid Child, Magic Cube Goody Bag Filler Birthday Gift Giveaway • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Play-Doh Party Bag Dough (15 Count) • Amazon Business $5.97 4 $23.88
Staples No. 2 Mechanical Pencils - Medium 0.7 mm - 30 Count • Amazon Business $5.85 3 $17.55
Aimyoo Pack of 30 Cactus Shaped Ballpoint Black 0.5mm Gel Ink Rollerball Pen for School Home Office • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
Icy Balls In Bright 2 Two Tone Colors - 27mm Bouncy Balls - Bulk Pack Of 144 • Amazon Business $16.72 1 $16.72
Kicko Mini Putty with Glitter - 48 Pack Assorted Neon Color Sludge - Educational Fidget Toy Ideal for Relaxation and Sensory Stimulation, Event Prizes, Goody Bags, Activity Set, Kids, Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Prismacolor 73201 Magic Rub Vinyl Drafting Erasers, 12-Count • Amazon Business $4.66 3 $13.98
32-Piece 8 Colors Mini Bubble Wands Assortment Party Favors Toys for Kids Child, Christmas Celebration,Thanksgiving New Year, Themed Birthday,Wedding, Bath Time,Summer Outdoor Gifts for Girls Boys • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Giraffe - Glitter Sticky Hands - (75 Count) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
MorTime Animal Pencil Erasers , Erasers Zoo , Disassembly Animal Erasers Pack of 30 (30pc) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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