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Mrs. Pelletier from Waterbury CT is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Escape Boredom and Embrace English!

Help me give my students locks, lock boxes, and UV pens so they can problem-solve and escape the classroom!

  • $337 goal

This project expired on May 10, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from a variety of school districts and are here to explore technical trades as well as expand their academic abilities. If I could describe my students in one word, it would be “diverse.” Although their reading levels and interest levels vary greatly, they are all bright, witty, and genuine teenagers. I am lucky enough to see my students year-round, even when they are spending time learning their trades. It is truly amazing to see the engagement and excitement that they have when they are working hands-on in the bustling environments of their shops. That being said, sometimes it is difficult for them to transition to an academic class (Ahem! Language Arts!) and maintain that engagement and excitement.

I want my students to have fun, work together, and use their critical thinking skills to problem solve and achieve mastery in Language Arts!

My Project

Imagine how a typical 9th grader spends their time in English class. I'm sure you're seeing books, pencils, notebooks, maybe even some cool technology. You may also be seeing distractions (BING! Snapchat notification!) or worse...boredom and disengagement. When their world is so fast paced, it's not surprise that students are often struggling to engage in a traditional classroom setting.

Today's teens live in a dynamic world, so we need to have dynamic classrooms to engage them!

The best books, cool technology, and fun educational websites help, for sure, but every so often we need to throw away the script and breakout of the routine. That's why I'm requesting materials to turn my classroom into an ESCAPE ROOM EXPERIENCE! They will work in teams to "escape" the classroom before the clock ticks down to zero! They are going to think they are playing- they won't realize that they will be actually be applying their subject-knowledge and engaging in higher-order thinking in the process! The best part is that all learning styles will be engaged: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. This creates a personalized learning experience which allows students to build relationships in their collaborative groups by capitalizing on their strengths. The ability to work hands-on in groups will not only engage students in the English curriculum but build skills that will translate to their shops and prepare them for the working world.

Students will work together in small groups to look for clues, solve puzzles, and unlock answers pertinent to our curriculum by using the locks, lock boxes, uv pens, uv lights, bags, puzzles, and decoy safes requested. They'll be out of their seats, moving around, working together, listening, thinking critically, having fun, and most importantly: ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THEIR OWN LEARNING.

Mrs. Pelletier
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 95 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Inovart Puzzle-It 12-Piece Blank Puzzle, 24 Puzzles Per Package, 5-1/2" x 8", White • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Master Lock 1535DWD Vertical Resettable Word Combination Padlock, 4-Pack, Color May Vary • Amazon Business $35.29 1 $35.29
Decaller Small Cash Box with Key Lock, Portable Metal Money Box with Double Layer & 2 Keys for Security, Pink, 6 1/5" x 5" x 3", QH1506XS • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Hyamass 3pcs Vintage Antique Style Mini Archaize Padlocks Key Lock with Keys (Bronze) • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Padlock, Tacklife Luggage Locks HCL1B 4 Digit Combination Lock, Metal and Plated Steel Material for School, Gym or Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet and Storage, Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $7.97 3 $23.91
Jssmst GB001bl-s Locking Small Steel Cash Box with Money Tray,Lock Box,Black Small • Amazon Business $9.85 2 $19.70
ADVcer 5 Pack Canvas Zipper Tool Bag Set, 13.3" x 9.4" 14oz Heavy Duty Waterproof Multipurpose Utility Multi Tool Storage Pouch Case for Organizing and Sorting Household Tools, Spare Parts (5 Colors) • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
UV Flashlight Black Lights, Findway Ultravilot Urine Light 12 Led UV Blacklight Flashlight Detector for dogs, Pet Stain Detector, Dog Urine Remover, Bed Bug Detector-Pack of 5 • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Tatuo 14 Pieces Invisible Ink Pen with UV Led Light Magic Invisible Marker Secret Message for Birthday Party Favor Gifts (7 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rely2016 Suitcase Luggage Resettable Code Lock Padlock Security Lock 3 Digit Combinations for Travel Use, Random Color (4) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
BigMouth Inc Can Safe (Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup Can) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Coca Cola Coke Soda Can Diversion Safe Stash • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Southwest Speciality Products 51003C Dr Pepper Diversion Can Safe, 12 fl oz/ 355 ml • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97

Materials cost

$252.41

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.79

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$286.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$50.51

Total project goal

$336.71

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$336.71

4 Donors

-$67.32

Donations toward project cost

-$59.22

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$8.10

match offer

-$267.03

Match offer toward project cost

-$226.98

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.05

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.35

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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