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Ms. Smith from Orlando FL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engagement = Excitement While Learning!

Help me give my students an exciting learning experience with awesome new dry erase markers and whiteboards to increase classroom engagement!

  • $689 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My school is a Title I school with 100% of students receiving free breakfast and lunch. A large majority of the student population are English language learners, meaning English is not their first language. My students love hands on activities in which they get to express themselves artistically and really love activities in which they can move around and discuss their thinking. Most students are below grade level in reading and math but strive for success through perseverance. Their determination to be on grade level is admirable and motivating.

My Project

Keeping students engaged throughout the school year can be rough. The second quarter has just started and I am noticing that motivation and the luster of the new school year is wearing well as our supply of tissues and bandaids! To combat this mid-year slump, what is better than adding new and fun engagement strategies to our academic day?

When students become engaged and take ownership of their learning, they are more likely to remember what they learn.

By using whiteboards and dry erase markers, my students will be able to record math practice with ease and fun! With the prize wheel and Jenga game, students can get a chance to earn an extra prize for a job well done! To increase engagement in science, students will be able to complete content sorts (with vocabulary words or concepts) on bright and fun laminated paper, as well as "buzz" in during our Jeopardy review games. The fiddles box can really help my students who need help focusing stay engaged while listening, while the Post-it notes will allow students to record answers and share, as well as ask questions they need answered on our classroom "Parking Lot" poster. In addition, the headphones will help foster a better understanding of content learned through our daily computer program, I-Ready.

Last, the teacher resources books will help me to utilize cooperative Kagan Learning structures, as well as help students to revise their thinking to better understand academic content and increase rigor for better overall retention of material. Please consider helping me continue to be cutting-edge in pedagogy as well as allowing my students to have exciting days of learning in our very special classroom!

Ms. Smith
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ARTEZA Dry Erase Markers, Bulk Pack of 52 (with Chisel Tip), Black Color with Low-Odor Ink, Whiteboard Pens is perfect for School, Office, or Home • Amazon Business $28.99 2 $57.98
WinSpin 18-inch Round Tabletop Color Prize Wheel 14 Clicker Slots Editable Fortune Design Carnival Spin Game • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
JustJamz 30 Pack 3.5mm Stereo in-Ear Earbud Headphones - Earphones (Assorted Colors) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Scotch Pro Thermal Laminator, Never Jam Technology Automatically Prevents Misfed Items, 2 Roller System (TL906) • Amazon Business $35.49 1 $35.49
Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack, Includes 20 Letter-Size Laminating Pouches, Holds Sheets up to 8.5" x 11(TL902VP) • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Board Geeks 25 Pack Dry Erase Lapboards 9 inch by 12 inch Large Whiteboard White Board Set Great for Teachers, Students, Children, Classroom Reusable, Durable, Portable, Single Sided Whiteboard • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
Kagan Cooperative Learning • Amazon Business $25.89 1 $25.89
Kleenex Cooling Lotion Kleenex 45 Ct, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Learning Resources Lights and Sounds Buzzers, Game Show and Classroom Buzzers, Set of 4, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $22.59 1 $22.59
Scholastic Durable Classroom Pocket Chart, Black (573277) (Pocket Charts) • Amazon Business $22.48 1 $22.48
Revising Knowledge: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Examine Their Deeper Understanding (Essentials for Achieving Rigor) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, “Bright” 5-Color Assortment, 250 Sheets (99904) • Amazon Business $19.89 1 $19.89
Fidget Toys Set, 22 Pcs. Sensory Tools Bundle for Stress Relief and Anti-Anxiety for Kids and Adults, Marble and Mesh, Pack of Squeeze Balls, Soybean Squeeze, Flippy Chain, Liquid Motion Timer & More • Amazon Business $18.55 1 $18.55
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Rio de Janeiro Colors, Large Pack, Recyclable, 3 in. x 3 in, 24 Pads/Pack, 70 Sheets/Pad (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $17.37 1 $17.37
Engaging in Cognitively Complex Tasks: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Generate & Test Hypotheses Across Disciplines (Essentials for achieving rigor) • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
40 Pack Magnetic Whiteboard Erasers Dry Eraser Dry Erase Erasers Bulk Chalkboard Eraser Cleaner for Classroom, Office (Blue, 2 inch) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
AZDENT Numbered Pocket Charts for Classroom Cell Phone Hanging Storage Organizers 30 Pockets (Green Blue) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Games Building Blocks for Kids - 48 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Doorbell, Lovin Product Waterproof Wireless Doorbell Chime Kit with 36 Chimes, Adjustable Volume; 1000feet Operating, with Sound LED Flash Door Bell for Home (1 Receiver x 1 Push Button) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Crayola 25ct Washable Pip-Squeaks Kit • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm,"Joy" 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (91414) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
BIC Xtra Smooth Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7mm), 40-Count • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
EUREKA 24 Piece Scratch-and-Sniff Pineapple Scented Bookmarks • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Band-Aid Brand Flexible Fabric Adhesive Bandages for Wound Care & First Aid, Assorted Sizes, 100 ct • Amazon Business $6.88 1 $6.88
Mr. Sketch 1938416 Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Intergalactic Neon, 6-Count • Amazon Business $6.86 1 $6.86
Mr. Sketch Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12 Pack • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95

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