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Ms. Gabrielaitis from Philadelphia PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engineering and Construction through Collaborative Play

My students need hollow wooden blocks and other building materials to enhance their design and engineering experience during our extended construction theme.

  • $706 goal

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My Students

My classroom consists of 20 enthusiastic and inquisitive young learners with active imaginations and kind hearts. Many of the children are English language learners while encountering their first classroom setting. I work in partnership with my assistant teacher to create a safe, supportive environment for my students with a focus on literacy and language development. Together, we set the foundation for learning through small group literacy, art, mathematics, and science activities while balancing the school day with social-emotional problem-solving and self help practices. Our activities also promote kinesthetic movement for active learners as well as whole child free choice centers.

My Project

As our building goes through major renovations, the children will be experiencing construction first hand. We wish to extend and enhance the children's upcoming "Under Construction" theme in order to further their skills and development with tools, construction, measurement, problem-solving and peer cooperation. We hope to encourage greater thinking and reasoning, fine motor strength, creativity and more!

Additionally, the requested materials will allow the children to carry out building projects based upon our literacy selections.

The children may experiment with different materials---logs, straw connectors, large hollow blocks---in order to create different types of structures while manipulating hammers, nails and other tools.

For a class with many English language learners, these tangible materials provide greater context for vocabulary enrichment and storytelling. The children build confidence as they work together. These team building efforts with additional materials will expand math and science concepts while promoting focus, perseverance and increased spatial awareness.

Ms. Gabrielaitis
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Over-Sized Hollow Wooden Block Set for Kids Play, Natural (18-Piece Set) • Amazon Business $165.16 1 $165.16
HH866 - Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 3 $119.97
Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Project Workbench Play Building Set • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Skoolzy Straws and Connectors Building Kits - 200 pc Fine Motor Skills Interlocking STEM Toys Engineering Bulider Set | Building Toys for Boys & Girls with Travel Tote, Preschool Activity eBook • Amazon Business $19.97 3 $59.91
Hygloss Products White Styrofoam Blocks - for Projects, Arts, & Crafts, 4 by 12 by 1-Inch, Pack of 6 • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
LC955 - Beginner’s Hammering Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Joqutoys Wood House Logs Construction Building Set Preschool Education Toys for Kids 170 Piece • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
03170-0112-Smooth Foam Crafter''s Foam - Sheet, 12" x 28" x 1" • Blick Art Materials $3.85 5 $19.25
03170-1024-Smooth Foam Crafter''s Foam - Block, 4" x 12" x 2" • Blick Art Materials $1.69 10 $16.90
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $9.95 1 $9.95
LC953 - Extra Plastic Nails • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 1 $4.99

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