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Mrs. Smith from Noble OK is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Endeavor Hour: Kids on a Mission

My students need Magnetic Blocks, Engino Discovering STEM structures, Mattel Bloxels, Boggle, Rory's Story Cubes, iTrax Critical Thinking Game for critical thinking activities that engage their minds and get them excited about exploring and challenging the world around them!

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My Students

How fast has technology changed in the past five years? Ten years? Thirty years? Just thinking about the monumental innovations that have been placed into our hands over the past thirty years is unbelievable. The current generation has finally received its own name, Generation Z. It follows children from the mid-90s to present day. This generation has also been dubbed the “iGeneration” after the technological increases with Apple products, such as the iPhone. My class of fifth grade students are what I will term “millennial innovators”. These children have grown up in a society where technology is born into their hands. Even in my rural school district, there is a need for tapping into this generation's innovation to produce competitive members of society. This generation of students seek change! Our society is evolving by the second, and we have to keep up for the sake of the children we serve.

My Project

How do we continue to grow and challenge minds that live in a society where new breakthroughs occur in the blink of an eye? The answer is make space for it. That is exactly what I am doing in my classroom this year. In just a few short weeks, I have seen more and more students excited to come to class for what I call “Endeavor Hour”.

What is “Endeavor Hour?” “Endeavor Hour” is a time set aside during the morning where students participate in activities that engage their minds.

These are meaningful tasks that increase students’ critical thinking skills, strategies, and make space for creative awareness.

The purpose of this grant is to secure more materials to enhance this beloved time period in my classroom. I want students to enter the classroom knowing that there is space for them to explore the world and its challenges head on. Items we would love to have include: STEM Bin materials for constructing (Magnetic Blocks, Engino Discovering STEM structures, Mattel Bloxels), a chess board, and critical thinking games (Boggle, Rory's Story Cubes, iTrax Critical Thinking Game). Each of these items will be used to increase student oral and written communication. Students will first process through the information with a friend, and then turn their process into a written composition. This may be in the form of a story, How-to writing Students will write about their process when constructing these STEM activities.

Mrs. Smith
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 50 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yellow Mountain Imports Staunton Regulation Tournament Chess Set with 2 Extra Queens, Weighted Chessmen, Bag, and Roll-Up Vinyl Board with Black and Natural • Amazon Business $30.94 1 $30.94
Magnetic Blocks Building Set for Kids, Magnetic Tiles Educational Building Construction Toys by idoot for Boys and Girls with Storage Bag - 56pcs • Amazon Business $27.49 1 $27.49
Engino Discovering STEM Structures Constructions & Bridges Construction Kit • Amazon Business $25.37 1 $25.37
Mattel Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game • Amazon Business $24.58 1 $24.58
Rory's Story Cube Complete Set - Original - Actions - Voyages • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Winning Moves Games BIG BOGGLE, THE CLASSIC EDITION • Amazon Business $17.94 1 $17.94
Learning Resources iTrax Critical Thinking Game, 44 Pieces • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79

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