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Ms. Paschel from Berkeley CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Common Core Math Lessons Require Common Supplies!

My students need basic school supplies to present their Common Core Math lifeline, blueprint and other fun projects in an engaging and artistic way!

  • $428 goal

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My Students

I work with an amazing group of children!

My students are a super culturally diverse group of artistic and technology-driven children in California who just want to have fun while learning things that are relevant to their lives.

Many of them come from challenging backgrounds and homes, with not enough money for basic supplies, let alone computers and tablets. They truly appreciate the safe, learning environment our school provides, and they want to thrive as much as we want them to. They want to learn and they want to be challenged in a positive light. Since we don't have enough funding for Apple technology at our school, when I say the word "iPad," their faces light up, as they realize they are about to be given a special opportunity to use technology in a way that links their learning to something they are passionate about. They are working hard this year, continuing their new path on the Common Core Math Standards and STEM, and would love to have the chance to visually learn, create, and represent the mathematics we are learning in class by hand and digitally. The technology along with the basic art supplies will go a long way.

My Project

In a statement, we just need basic supplies to make it through the year. I don't want this year to be simply lecture and note taking because we don't have the supplies to do the engaging activities.

The most fun project of the year is the lifeline project where you get to represent your life on a number line with graph paper and art pieces to represent what is important to you!

We display them at Open House and it gets kids really talking to their families to get to know more about their family and their lives. It also allows the students and teachers to get to know one another on a personal level, thereby building community. There are some super fun and engaging projects and activities I'd like my students to be able to do this year, but you've got to have supplies to do this. Color paper, rulers, easel pads, glue, graph paper, and markers are essential supplies needed to for some of the projects I have planned. These items will make the projects this year less stressful for families who do not have the means to buy them. They will go toward creating a classroom that can help supply them itself. The other major project is the creation of a blueprint of a home. Students will look at floor plans online and also their home and measure our classroom. They will then scale down these real life rooms, houses, apartments, and make a miniature model or blueprint with colorful paper, cardstock, glue sticks, and more.

Ms. Paschel
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TOPS Easel Pad, 3-hole punched, white, 15 lb, 1" squares, 50 SH/PD, 4 per Carton (7900) • Amazon Business $57.65 1 $57.65
Expo 81045 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted • Amazon Business $11.60 3 $34.80
EXPO 86603 Low Odor Dry Erase Marker, Fine Point, Assorted, Pack of 12, Includes 5 Color Flag Set • Amazon Business $10.61 3 $31.83
Charles Leonard Plastic Ruler, Double Bevel, 12 Inches, Translucent Assorted Colors, 36-Pack (77336) • Amazon Business $14.04 2 $28.08
18 Dry Erase Erasers - Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser | for Home - Office - School - Classroom - Teacher • Amazon Business $12.87 2 $25.74
Hammermill Paper, Copy Paper, 8.5 x 11 Paper, Letter Size, 20lb Paper, 92 Bright, 8 Ream Case / 4,000 Sheets (113640C) Acid Free Paper • Amazon Business $25.58 1 $25.58
AmazonBasics Wood-cased Pencils - #2 HB - Box of 144 • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
School Smart 86667 2 Sided 3 Hole Punched 1/4 in Rule Graph Paper - 8 1/2 in x 11 - Pack of 500 - White • Amazon Business $8.29 2 $16.58
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, Lunar Blue, 500 Sheets (21528) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues, Flat Box, 130 Tissues per Flat Box, 8 Packs • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, Planetary Purple, 500 Sheets (22671) • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Wausau Paper 22531 Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb / 89 gsm, Solar Yellow, 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74

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