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Mrs. Rudnicki Samson from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Critical Thinkers Will Change The World

Help me give my students resources for mentor sentences for grammar and fiction/nonfiction reading and character awards we will use for character studies from novels as well as people from history and science.

  • $176 goal

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My Students

My students are amazing and resilient. Many are immigrants or from immigrant families. Many are affected by being homeless and neighborhood violence, but come to school every day ready to learn. In a neighborhood where violence is an everyday part of life, school becomes so much more than just a place to learn. The students​ in my classroom recognize the value of an education as a means to a positive future and hopefully, someday a safer community, as well.

Our students are English language learners in an urban neighborhood.

School is their safe haven and a place where they can focus on a positive future. They are eager to learn and take pride in the investment of others in their education.

My Project

This year I am teaching a 4/5 split. I am looking for resources to span both grade levels and give opportunities for critical thinking in reading, science and social studies. Included here is a bundle that works using picture books that span all subjects that will be critical for whole group and small group. A set of character awards that we will use to study not just novel characters but also important figures from science and history. There is also a set of critical thinking skills that can be used while playing Jenga. The last resource has a set of nonfiction passages that we can use to practice science and social studies during our reading block. I am so excited for the challenges and rewards that this year will bring. The future will be walking through my classroom doors in just a few short weeks!

Mrs. Rudnicki Samson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BIGGEST & BEST Yearlong Bundle: JUST THE BASICS for Grades 3-5 • Teachers pay teachers $99.00 1 $99.00
NO PREP Nonfiction Reading and Writing Companion for Informational Texts • Teachers pay teachers $8.00 1 $8.00
Book Character Awards {Character Traits} • Teachers pay teachers $5.20 1 $5.20
Discussions Games: Jenga Talk, Mystery Talk, Dice Talk (editable) Back to School • Teachers pay teachers $5.00 1 $5.00

Materials cost

$117.20

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.76

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$148.96

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$26.29

Total project goal

$175.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$175.25

2 Donors

-$84.00

Donations toward project cost

-$78.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$5.10

match offer

-$82.42

Match offer toward project cost

-$70.06

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.36

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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