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Mrs. Buchnoff from Kerman CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creatively Colored Chemistry

My students need class sets of gel pens for their interactive chemistry notebooks.

  • $348 goal

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My Students

Many of my students come from low-income families that sometimes cannot afford to buy more than the basics when it comes to school supplies. As a result, I give plenty of opportunities to work on assignments in class where I have colored pencils, markers, and highlighters available. My students have taken great advantage of these and have created some FANTASTIC final products in their science notebooks.

In my 5 years of teaching I have learned that if given the chance, students can show just how creative they can be.

I encourage creativity in every assignment that is given to them, and even my self-proclaimed “non-creative” students have shown that they can create a graphical representation of a challenging concept and grasp the information much easier. Instead of taking pages and pages of notes, my students enjoy drawing and doodling for a purpose as notes in their notebooks. They come in to class wanting to see what we are going to work on next, and are willing to tackle any challenge that I have for them.

My Project

In my chemistry class, I require students to use interactive notebooks. They have a collection of graphic notes, lab write-ups, and practice problems that help lay the foundation of understanding all in their notebooks. Lately, students have been creating infographics that help them process and explain why everyday things work the way they do using concepts learned in class.

To help the information stand out, I have suggested that students utilize gel pens.

Since my students are mostly from low-income families, many are not able to afford their own set of gel pens to complete the assignments, I would like to provide these to students in my class. By having access to the pens in class, students are able to take real-time notes in color and not have to worry about finishing up later. I am hoping that by having these pens in class, the amount of students that take pride in their work will increase.

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

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Pilot G2 Premium Retractable Gel Roller Pens, Fine Point, Assorted, 20/Pack (31294) • Staples Advantage $19.99 12 $239.88

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