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Ms. Silver from Brooklyn NY is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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I need professional development tools -- books and games -- to help me see money matters through the eyes of 7th and 8th graders as I prepare and launch financial literacy lessons for them.

  • $177 goal

This project expired on April 8, 2019.

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My Students

Students I work with are English Language Learners from Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China and, of course, Brooklyn, U.S.A. These kids are dedicated, feisty and determined. More than 80% of students at my school receive free lunch. Not only are my students English Language Learners, at least half of them also have a learning disability of some type, so there's no shortage of challenges.

My students are known for their perseverance, insightful questions, and sense of humor.

My job is to harness that positive mojo and incorporate it into our work as we delve into reading, writing and speaking. I'm fortunate to work with a great line-up of co-teachers who have a knack for making learning fun, irresistible, and collaborative.

My Project

Literacy isn't just for words, it's also for money. I'm an ENL teacher who is learning the language of finance, so I can transmit it to my students. These books and games will help me test drive new approaches to talking about money in low-stress, high-impact ways. I have recently completed the Cowin Financial Literacy Program and have earned a W!SE Certification in Personal Finance for educators.

Now it's time to delve into the money literature for young people -- and the board games -- to school myself in highly recommended tools for bringing financial savvy to middle schoolers.

The goal is to create an elective course for ESL students along with a classroom-based Fabulous Finance Lending Library to help students reinforce lessons learned in class. The books and board and card games will help me get my money mojo on, develop a unit for English Language Learners and invite my students and their families learn essential finance tips while paving their way in a new country and a new culture.

My students speak at least two languages and are working hard to hone their English-language skills. I want to make sure they are also becoming conversant in basic finance and are able to make wise decisions about saving, spending and looking toward their future.

Ms. Silver
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Financial Literacy for the Young: Middle School Teacher's Version • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
¿Por Qué No Me Enseñaron Esto En La Escuela?: 99 Principios de la Administración del Dinero Personal a Seguir en la Vida (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Winning Moves Games Payday • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
If Money Could Shout: The Brutal Truths for Teens • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Monopoly Deal Card Game • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
Net Worth, the FUN Money Game • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Literacy (FAQ: Teen Life) • Amazon Business $3.89 1 $3.89
Be Smart about Your Career: College, Income, and Careers (Be Smart about Money and Financial Literacy) • Amazon Business $2.70 1 $2.70
Be Smart about Shopping: The Critical Consumer and Civic Financial Responsibility (Be Smart about Money and Financial Literacy) • Amazon Business $2.68 1 $2.68
Be Smart about Your Future: Risk Management and Insurance (Be Smart about Money and Financial Literacy) • Amazon Business $2.51 1 $2.51

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