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Ms. Mastroianni from Bristol CT is requesting art supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Language-Learning: Manipulatives, Stickers, and More!

Help me give my students access to manipulatives, stickers, and more using a Cricut Explore Air 2!

  • $429 goal

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My Students

I teach 93 middle schoolers enrolled in Spanish 1 and 11 middle schoolers enrolled in English Language Learning.

These students are hardworking and dedicated to learning a new language.

They really enjoy learning about different cultures while working on their communication skills in either Spanish or English.

The students who are enrolled in my Spanish classes are taking an introductory course that is optional at the middle school level. Each of these students has chosen to take the course because they want to learn a new language!

The students who are enrolled in my English Language Learning course are emergent bilinguals. Their home language is different from English, and they come to my ELL class every day to improve their English proficiency while maintaining the use of their home language. Many of these students immigrated to the United States recently with their families and are immersed in a whole new culture!

My Project

As a language teacher, I ensure that each of my daily lesson plans incorporates authentic, real-world communication tasks and learning opportunities.

A Cricut Explore Air 2 will help enhance my students' language-learning experiences.

Firstly, with this piece of technology, I will be able to create hands-on manipulatives for students to use while communicating in authentic ways in the classroom. Here are some examples of manipulatives I would like to create:

▪️Money cut-outs while students learn numbers and the currencies of

different countries

▪️Clothing cut-outs while they learn articles of clothing vocabulary

▪️Cut-outs of electronic items so they can learn and converse about

technology, prices, and common store phrases/vocabulary

▪️Greeting cards to teach students phrases for various

celebrations and situations

Secondly, I can use a Cricut for student rewards. I plan to create stickers for students' tests (such as ones that say "Good Job!" or "¡Buen trabajo!"). I would also like to make stickers for students to choose from in a prize bin, with fun designs and sayings to encourage strong study habits, hard work, and goal-setting.

Thirdly, I can use a Cricut for student projects. I can offer students the opportunity to work on their projects after school in my classroom, and they can create poster titles, stickers, picture cut-outs and more for their own projects. This will give students the opportunity to use a new piece of technology, as well as encourage their unique creativity in connection to language learning.

The Cricut will offer so many new possibilities and offer my students exciting and engaging learning opportunities!

Ms. Mastroianni
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint • Amazon Business $227.00 1 $227.00
Cricut Essential Tool Set, Assorted • Amazon Business $39.82 1 $39.82
Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2, Bright Essentials, 200 Sheets • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Neenah Cardstock - Heavyweight, 110 lb/199 gsm Index, 94 Brightness, 8 x 11, 300 Ct. - MORE SHEETS! (91635) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Nicapa Replacement Cutting Mat for Cricut Explore One/Air/Air 2/Maker (12x12 inch 3pack-StandardgripLightgripStronggrip) Adhesive&Sticky Non-Slip Flexible Square Gridded Cut Mats Set Matts • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
100 Sheets Sticker Labels Compatible Laser/Ink Jet Shipping Labels-Full Sheet (1-up) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59

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