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Ms. Paterson from Austin TX is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Crafting a Comfortable and Creative Social Studies Classroom

Help me give my students the ability to create in a more ecologically friendly way. Students enjoy building and drawing concepts connected to the coursework, and I am hoping to create a welcoming environment where they feel inspired!

  • $1,173 goal

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My Students

Remember in elementary school how much fun you had playing with Legos and Play Doh? The hours that you spent creating? Or how you always wanted to write on the table? Or how important having access to ALL of the different colored markers was when you were creating posters in class?

My students attend one of the most diverse schools in Austin.

Many of my students will be the first in their families to attend college. Many of them moved here with their families in order to get in order to access a better education. Giving them memorable learning experiences increases their engagement and confidence in their ability to succeed!

My Project

I am a big proponent of retrieval practice in order to help my students retain information and make connections, which is important since they are freshman taking an AP exam.

Geography can sometimes be so conceptual that I have found asking students to creatively depict and explain concepts and models using LEGOs, Play-Doh, and chalk markers to draw on the table, are a perfect way for students to demonstrate knowledge using multiple modalities and keeps them engaged with the material.

In addition, since we cover so much material in preparation for the AP Test and research shows the value of visual learning, it is imperative that my students have access to markers, colored pencils, staplers, and tape for collaborative posters and projects, which I can hang from the ceiling using the ceiling hooks. The large whiteboard posters and markers will allow me to set up stations around the room and are more economical than using easel paper. Similarly the dry-erase pocket sheet protectors will allow my students to annotate maps and previously released Free Response Questions to prepare for the AP Exam, where they will use the blue pens as preferred by the exam graders.

Finally, this year I was moved into a new classroom. I want to generate a comfortable space for my students to get creative and feel inspired. I have 4 more windows than I previously had in my old classroom and while the natural light is amazing, curtains will make it feel more like a home than a sterile classroom, as will the string lights, which the students actually requested. Since my classroom is too small for flexible seating, we use cushy yoga mats so that students can spread out without having to sit on hard tile floors. They requested more of those as well!

Ms. Paterson
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Classic Baseplates | 100% Compatible with All Major Building Brick Brands | Stackable Bases | 12 Tight Fit Base Plates in Rainbow Colors 6" x 6" • Amazon Business $19.99 5 $99.95
Retrospec Solana Yoga Mat 1" Thick w/Nylon Strap for Men & Women - Non Slip Excercise Mat for Yoga, Fossil Gray, 1 inch • Amazon Business $29.99 3 $89.97
Dry Erase Markers with Eraser, 60 Pack Shuttle Art 15 Colors White Board Markers and Eraser, Low-Odor, Chisel Tip Usable on Whiteboard Surface for School Office Home • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
Crayola Back To School Supplies, Grades 3-5, Ages 7, 8, 9, 10 (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.66 10 $76.60
DriftAway Mia Stripe Room Darkening Grommet Unlined Window Curtains 2 Panels Each 52 Inch by 84 Inch Black • Amazon Business $35.99 2 $71.98
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, School Supplies, 16 Bold Colors, 256 Count • Amazon Business $56.88 1 $56.88
GeckoPadz Static Cling Dry Erase Sheets | White Boards for Wall Stick On Any Surface with No Adhesive | Great Teacher Supplies for Classroom | 2x3 feet, 20 White Board Dry Erase Contact Paper Sheets • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Crayola Fine Line Markers, Back to School Supplies Classpack, 10 Assorted Colors , 200 Count • Amazon Business $46.07 1 $46.07
Brilliant Bee - Liquid Chalk Marker 30 Pack Multi Color - Reversible Chisel and Round Tip • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Play-Doh Bulk Winter Colors 12-Pack of Non-Toxic Modeling Compound, 4-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Prextex Christmas 100 Clear White Wire Light Set Christmas Decorations • Amazon Business $11.95 3 $35.85
Crayola Colored Pencils, Bulk Classpack, Classroom Supplies, 12 Assorted Colors, 240 Count • Amazon Business $32.82 1 $32.82
AmazonBasics Office Stapler with 1000 Staples - Black, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $32.09 1 $32.09
Play Platoon 1100 Piece Building Bricks Kit with Wheels, Tires, Axles, Windows and Doors Pieces - Classic Colors - Compatible with All Major Brands • Amazon Business $30.00 1 $30.00
1100 Piece Building Bricks Kit with Wheels, Tires, Axles, Windows and Doors Pieces - Pastel Colors - Compatible with All Major Brands • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
AmazonBasics Chisel Tip Highlighters - Pack of 24 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.90 4 $27.60
SharpTank Ceiling Grid Clips | 150 Pc Kit of Clear Clips and Ceiling Hooks for Hanging Classroom Decorations and Office Decor (Includes 75 Ceiling Clips and 75 S-Hooks) • Amazon Business $27.50 1 $27.50
Evelots Magazine File Holder-Organizer-Full 4" W-White-with Labels-Set/12 • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Dry Erase Pockets Sheet Protectors 30 Pack - Reusable & Oversized 10" x 13" - Clear Durable Plastic Sleeves with 12 Pens, 4 Erasers and 2 Rings for Classroom Organization, Teacher and School Supplies • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Desktop Tape Dispenser, 4-Pack, Non-Skid Base - with 3 Extra Tape Dispenser Replacement Core, Perfect for Office, Home, School - Value Pack • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Bookend Supports, Heavy Duty Metal Black Bookend Support, 6 x 5 x 6 Inch, Set of 7 Pairs • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
6 Pack Spring Tension Curtain Rod Adjustable Length for Kitchen, Bathroom, Cupboard, Wardrobe, Window, Bookshelf DIY Projects (Black - 6 Pack,15.7" to 28" Adjustable) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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