Help me give my students care package items they need to be successful with at-home learning such as school supplies, decimal workbooks and Frindle to support financial literacy, and snacks to stay focused during this time of uncertainty.
Within my school, almost 90% of students live in poverty. While the school has initiatives that provide students with free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and weekend food bags, many students are unable to come to school with supplies and spend time in classrooms that are not fully equipped with necessary materials.
My fourth graders are resilient individuals who face many challenges when they leave school; although there are a variety of trials in the world, our classroom is a place of solace and success.
Fourth grade is a time where students have deep, clear feelings about school and the world around them - and they let those feelings be known! They are learners who dive into rigorous academic content and require a comfortable, predictable learning environment.
Every student deserves a quality education, and my fourth graders are no exception. They are kind, capable learners who amaze me by what they accomplish daily and throughout the school year.
My students deserve a classroom environment equipped with adequate materials that help them receive a quality education.
On March 13th, I taught my students for the last time this school year. Since then, I've created and encouraged a variety of online activities and assignments. Due to a number of barriers, however, many students are simply unable to access them. I want to make sure that students have a number of ways to stay engaged and learning at home.
With these items for care packages, students will be able to have some guaranteed materials that do not require technology; I will drop them off directly at their doorsteps.
One math unit not covered due to the school closure is decimals, percents, and their related fractions. I love teaching this unit because kids can connect it to one of their favorite things - MONEY! This is a great lead-in to some valuable lessons on financial literacy and budgeting, such as a lesson on only having $20 to spend at the grocery store. Students take a grocery store ad, write down exact prices of items they want (while practicing decimal place value), and then round their total to get as close as possible to the goal! While I cannot replicate that lesson with students at home, the Fractions, Decimals, and Percents workbooks will allow my students to apply and practice these skills while I create video lessons for them to watch. In addition, Frindle is one of my favorite stories; with this class set, students will learn from Nick's personal and financial journey. The pencils, sharpeners, and erasers are basics that my students need. Fan favorite snacks - Goldfish, apple sauce, juice, and granola bars will help my students stay focused during their reading and financial literacy lessons.
Thank you in advance for helping to support my students during this extremely challenging time. Stay safe and healthy!
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