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Mrs. Recht from Copper Hill VA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Creative Kids: Using STEMbins and the Power of Choice!

My students need STEM supplies like Legos, Magnetic Blocks, MathLink Cubes, Base-Ten Blocks, and Play-Doh to increase their choice, motivation, inquiry, and creative thinking skills and the storage units to organize them!

  • $577 goal

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My Students

"Work hard and be nice" has become our third grade mantra this year, and my students live up to it every day! We love reading, coding, competing, helping, and building! They are kind and persistent, always working to become the best version of themselves. Our classroom uses flexible seating, math and reading rotations, self-paced online social studies, and hands-on science. We regularly self-reflect and work to make our class and school a better place!

Our rural Title I school has a great group of students, over 50% of whom receive free or reduced price meal plans.

Many students take home food packs on the weekend to help make ends meet. Many do not have access to internet, technology, or educational supplies at home. This, however, never stops or slows any one of them. They are hard working, kind, helpful, inquisitive, and determined.

My students especially love hands-on learning and creating, which is why I am determined to create a Maker-Space for our room!

My Project

These materials for STEM choices will provide creative thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities for my students daily. I will incorporate them into morning and early-finisher choice time. Research shows that student choice plays a critical role in promoting their intrinsic motivation and active engagement (Evans & Boucher, 2015).

My cart includes LEGOS, Magnetic Blocks, Play-Doh, Unifix Cubes, Base Ten Blocks, and storage units to organize them in our classroom maker space.

A maker space is a section of the classroom built to foster the mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests. These spaces are also helping to prepare critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.

I have already purchased MakerMats, Maker Math, and STEM challenges for our maker space, but we need more supplies so that multiple students may use them at the same time. We also need reusable supplies such as these so that we are not wasting one-time-use materials.

Thank you so much for your consideration and donation if you choose to do so!

Mrs. Recht
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ClosetMaid 6109 Decorative 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Dark Chestnut • Amazon Business $99.99 2 $199.98
Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Class Set • Amazon Business $77.43 1 $77.43
Box Clip Medium Clear • Amazon Business $49.89 1 $49.89
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
Magnetic Blocks,Banne 113 PCS Mini Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Educational Toy Set for Kids with Storage Box Good for Enhancing Imagination Creativity and Logical Ability • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Sterilite 17234812 Pencil Box, Splash Tint Lid with Clear Base, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $25.42 1 $25.42
Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes, Educational Counting Toy, Set of 100 Cubes • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive), Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate Supplement • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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