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Ms. Harris from Concord CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Drum Circles for Math Mastery, STEAM, and Soulful Connection

Help me give my students drums, rain sticks, a magnetic mobile whiteboard, math games, graphing paper, and a Magna-tiles set.

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My Students

I work with students who are English language learners and have learning disabilities. They also come from families that struggle with paying bills and affording school supplies and books. Despite these challenges, my students bring many strengths to the classroom, including a passion for learning and a willingness to take risks as they acquire the building blocks of reading.

My students love math, science, computers, and art, and they love learning how things work.

They are curious about the world and are eager to improve their literacy skills.

My Project

Help me give my students wooden djembes, buffalo drum, and fiberskyn frame drums, rainsticks, and books to be used by students and the teacher in a healing drum circle for students to make soulful connections to each other and to center themselves so that they are relaxed and ready to learn. The whiteboard easel will showcase the positive intention for the day as well as rhythms and math facts or concepts that the students will be working on for the day. The learning games, ball mazes, folder activities, graph paper, manipulatives, and cards will give students more opportunities to practice and show what they have learned after drumming out the algorithms and facts.

When students beat out math facts and the steps to long division or the order of operations, these concepts will get stored in their long term memory, since they are linked to music.

When learning is linked to music, the connections in the brain are strengthened and students benefit from interdisciplinary learning through STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. These percussion instruments, healing drum circle books, and math aides will add magic, flair, and beauty into our classroom while students hone their math skills and develop a lifelong love and appreciation for learning.

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Ms. Harris
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Remo HD-8510-00 Fiberskyn Frame Drum, 10" • Amazon Business $16.93 10 $169.30
Meinl Percussion HDJ4-M Nile Series Headliner Rope Tuned Djembe, Medium: 10-Inch Diameter • Amazon Business $78.95 2 $157.90
Magnetic Mobile Whiteboard - 40x28 inches Whiteboard on Wheels with Stand, Height Adjustable Dry Erase Easel Board Flipchart Easel Whiteboard with Marker Tray, 1 Eraser, 3 Markers, 6 Magnets • Amazon Business $132.99 1 $132.99
DG547 - Magna-Tiles® - Master Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.99 1 $129.99
Remo E1-0316-00 Buffalo Drum - Standard, 16" • Amazon Business $59.84 1 $59.84
LC166 - Hands-On Multiplication & Division Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
Sawtooth Rainstick, Medium/24 (ST-Rains-M) • Amazon Business $16.98 2 $33.96
DD517 - Powers of 10 Slider Boards - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
GT279 - Write & Wipe Graphing Boards with X-Y Axis - Set of 30 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
AA652 - Building Math Skills Write & Wipe Boards - Gr. 3-5 - Set of 30 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Rhythm to Recovery: A Practical Guide to Using Rhythmic Music, Voice and Movement for Social and Emotional Development • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
RA637 - Lakeshore Double Dice • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LC1168 - Multiplication Machine • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Spin Master Games Perplexus Original - Interactive Maze Game with 100 Challenges • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
EXPO 1921062 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Black, 36-Count • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
Africa Heartwood Project 15" Chilean Cactus Rain Stick Musical Instrument - Rainstick Shaker • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Expo Low Odor, Fine Tip, Dry, Erase Marker, 2 Packs of 12, Blue • Amazon Business $15.87 1 $15.87
SVT6022 - Magna-Tiles® Cars Expansion Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
The Art and Heart of Drum Circles • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
TA531 - 1" Graphing Paper - 500 Sheets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
Nino Percussion NINOSET540 Kids Four Piece Plastic Egg Shaker Set with Assorted Colors (VIDEO) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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