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Ms. Hutcheson from Rocky Mount NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Curious Kids

My students need books and materials that I will use to develop science and social studies units of exploration based on student interest.

  • $532 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talent; I am only passionately curious.”

I’m not sure I agree with Albert Einstein that he had no special talent, but I think he would agree with me that his passionate curiosity allowed him to “unlock” his talent.

I teach a third grade classroom of beautiful, intelligent children that have largely not been afforded the opportunities and experiences that allow them to unlock their passion or talents. My school is a Title I elementary school with 100% participation in free lunch. My students have generally not traveled outside the state, perhaps not even outside the city. Their homes are not rich with educational materials such as books and puzzles. Their parents seldom have the time or energy to engage them in exploratory play activities. They are seldom asked what they wonder about. They are primarily entertained by watching television and playing video games. These activities do not foster curiosity, exploration or discovery.

My goal is to create a classroom environment that is rich in materials and activities that allows students to wonder, explore, and create, ultimately encouraging students to unlock both their passion and their potential.

My Project

We need books and materials that I will use to develop science and social studies units of exploration based on student interest.Imagine a third grade student that has completed her assigned work. She excitedly selects a plastic box labeled “Force and Motion.” It is filled with books, materials and activities about basic physics concepts. She reads the book “Pushes and Pulls.” Then she and another student build a catapult with the “Engino Discovering STEM Newton's Laws Inertia, Momentum, Kinetic & Potential Energy Construction Kit.” The students then pick an activity from the book, “Experiments in Forces and Motion with Toys and Everyday Stuff,” complete the experiment, and write a report explaining their results.

Children that are engaged in directing their own learning gain focus, motivation and perseverance in all aspects of classroom learning.

Their confidence goes through the roof! My goal is to create these learning units covering four exciting topics- human body systems, ancient Egypt, force and motion and magnetism- for students to explore and play with in order to increase engagement, spark curiosity and unleash creativity.

Ms. Hutcheson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Anatomy Models Bundle Set • Amazon Business $49.14 1 $49.14
JOYNOTE Magnetic Blocks with Marble Run Game - 32pcs STEM Learning Toy for kids, Construction Child Education Track Building Blocks (Storage Bag Include) • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
ZUINIUBI Human Torso Body Anatomy Model Heart Brain Skeleton Medical School Educational 11inch • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
Engino Discovering STEM Newton's Laws Inertia, Momentum, Kinetic & Potential Energy Construction Kit • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Harlerbo Magnetic Building Blocks 64 pcs Magnets Tiles Toy Stacking Blocks STEM Toys Set for kids • Amazon Business $25.49 1 $25.49
Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run • Amazon Business $22.57 1 $22.57
Learning Resources Double-Sided Magnetic Human Body (LER6044) • Amazon Business $22.45 1 $22.45
Fun with Hieroglyphs • Amazon Business $18.81 1 $18.81
History Pockets: Ancient Egypt - Grades 4-6+ • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Dowling Magnets Simply Science Magnet Mania Kit • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
The Everything Kids' Mummies, Pharaohs, and Pyramids Puzzle and Activity Book: Discover the mysterious secrets of Ancient Egypt • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
Safari Ltd. Human Organs TOOB - Quality Construction from Safe and BPA Free Materials • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt: Dig Into a Treasure Trove of Facts, Photos, and Fun • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
Look Inside: Your Heart and Lungs (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Look Inside: Your Skeleton and Muscles (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
All About Magnetism (All About Science) • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (Science Readers: Content and Literacy) • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80
The Everything KIDS' Human Body Book: All You Need to Know About Your Body Systems - From Head to Toe! • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
What Makes a Magnet? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Look Inside: Your Brain (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Experiments in Forces and Motion with Toys and Everyday Stuff (Fun Science) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Digestive System (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
Hieroglyphs • Amazon Business $6.68 1 $6.68
Pushes and Pulls (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Pyramids (Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Kids Readers: Ancient Egypt (L3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Kids Readers: Mummies • Amazon Business $2.94 1 $2.94

Materials cost

$385.82

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$30.09

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.79

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$451.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$79.71

Total project goal

$531.41

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$531.41

8 Donors

-$409.32

Donations toward project cost

-$349.42

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$59.90

Matching donations from our partners

-$120.33

Match offers toward project cost

-$102.28

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.05

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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