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Mr. Thompson from Clifton NJ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cracking the Code to Social Studies!

Help me give my students an escape room experience that brings history alive!

  • $575 goal

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My Students

As a teacher at a Title I School in New Jersey with a diverse student population of 1,236. I wish to provide my students with an interactive curriculum that teaches the history of the United States through experiential learning.

Throughout the year, students aim to challenge history by developing and asking the hard questions regarding our nation's past.

We approach this obstacle by learning social studies through a multitude of documents, pictures and videos to make history come alive!

As an urban school district, funding is an issue. I would appreciate any support that you could offer in funding resources so that my students can have an enriched, historical experience before they head off to the high school!

My Project

The components that I am asking for will be used to create an escape room that will help revolutionize the learning process for my students. During these activities, students will have to work together to solve different types of problems by putting themselves in the shoes of historical people. The obstacles of the escape room are the variety of locks that I have asked for, which will be sealing off the lock box given to each group until the members can crack the code! This type of activity not only helps kids develop collaborative skills, but also allows them to utilize their problem-solving abilities in an exciting atmosphere.

The escape room evolves with the use of invisible ink markers and UV flashlights that gives my students the opportunity to channel their imagination for academic purposes.

No longer will learning only be about what my students can see with their own two eyes, but now they must utilize tools to break down the information in order to crack the combo for each lock, open the box, and escape the room!

Mr. Thompson
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Metal Lock Box with Folding Handle and Stackable Design- Durable Portable Locking Storage to Secure Valuables, Cash, Jewelry, Knives, More by Stalwart • Amazon Business $11.98 7 $83.86
TaoTronics Black Light, UV Blacklight Flashlights, 12 LEDs 395nm, 3 Free AAA Batteries, Detector for Dry Pets Urine & Stains & Bed Bug • Amazon Business $9.59 8 $76.72
ORIA Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock for School, Employee, Gym & Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet & Storage - Red and 2 Pack • Amazon Business $9.99 7 $69.93
Wordlock PL-004-BK 5-Dial Combination Padlock, Black • Amazon Business $8.47 7 $59.29
Master Lock 1500iD Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 1-Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.98 7 $55.86
American Lock Lockout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1 in. Jaw Clearance, ALO80 • Amazon Business $6.06 7 $42.42
Master Lock 1533TRI Combination Lock, 3 Pack, Assorted • Amazon Business $8.66 4 $34.64
Invisible Ink Pen, Spy Pen Secret Message Writer with uv Light Magic Marker for Drawing Fun Activity Kids Party Favors Ideas Gifts and Stock Stuffer - 24 Pack • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (36 Count) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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