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Mrs. Putnam from Stephenson MI is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Cooking Math for Lifelong Learning

Help me give my students cooking supplies for them to practice independent living skills!

  • $176 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

-Mark Van Doren

Students in our district are from a small, rural community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our community has a lower socioeconomic population, with state data showing 57% of the students being economically disadvantaged and 77% of the eligible students participating in free or reduced-price lunch programs. Our attendance averages above 95% daily with only one day this past year below 90%. Our students are dedicated and enthusiastic learners. They react well to research-based instruction. My goal is to purchase supplies allowing us to support academic and social situations and focus on individual living and life skills. When this project is funded, my students will be able to have additional resources that will allow them to thrive educationally and emotionally in an effort to meet each individual’s personal potential.

My Project

Cooking is an excellent and fun way to practice multiple life skills in our resource room. Our overall goal is to support the foundation of basic life skills leading to independent living as an adult. Each lesson extends for a week, with emphasis on math skills taught through an experiential learning environment. Throughout each cooking skills lesson, students will: read a visual/word recipe; order the steps of the recipe using key words such as first, second, then, and finally; measure and mix ingredients; and prepare the food. Students will then take turns serving each other the food that is prepared; clean up afterwards; identify tools and ingredients used during the task; and finally evaluate how s/he liked the food. Needed skills such as: communication, reading, food identification, sequencing, measurement, counting, number identification, manners, and clean up are addressed throughout the week as the lessons are implemented.

Our goal is to support each student as s/he strives to reach his/her potential.

This project brings both storage containers (for the powdered sugar) and the dry ingredients listed to make our recipes for March and April. These ingredients include powdered sugar, jelly beans and candy to decorate items made, and Nilla wafers. The perishable items will be purchased out of our classroom budget when we go to the local grocery store to shop for them. Each student will have items to look for and will comparison shop with the brands on the shelf ensuring we get the best deal and stay within our budget, practicing necessary life skills to help all students reach his/her potential.

Mrs. Putnam
Grades 3-5
  • Stephenson Elementary School
  • Stephenson, MI
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 14 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Brach's Classic Jelly Beans Assorted Flavors, 3.38 Pound Bulk Candy Bag (Pack of 2) Bulk Candy • Amazon Business $14.83 1 $14.83
Wilton Candy Decorating Supply Set, 4-Piece - Candy Icing Pens • Amazon Business $14.18 1 $14.18
Smucker's Squeeze Grape Jelly & Strawberry Fruit Spread, 20 oz bottles • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Progressive PKS-300 Powdered Sugar ProKeeper, 1 Piece, Clear • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Nilla Wafers Mini Cookies - Snack Packs, 12 Count Box, 12 Ounce • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
EASTER GIFT TRAY - 2 Lbs - Easter Cadbury Mini Eggs, Easter Gummy Carrots Candy, M&M's Milk Chocolate W/Peanut, M&M's Milk Chocolate Candies, Starburst Crazy Beans and Starburst Original Jellybeans • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
C&H Pure Cane Sugar CONFECTIONERS POWDERED 16oz (2 Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, 7g (7% DV) of Protein per Serving, Smooth, Creamy Texture, No Stir Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce, Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $6.87 1 $6.87
Contadina Canned Pizza Sauce Sea Salt- 15 oz • Amazon Business $3.28 2 $6.56
Confetti Shamrocks 2.4 oz. CONSH • Amazon Business $5.46 1 $5.46

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