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Mrs. FitzGerald from Green Bay WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Escape Games: The Boredom Crushing Learning Games Your Students NEED

My students need the supplies to explore activities that build critical thinking, engineering way of thinking, problem solving skills, and taking creative control of their own learning.

  • $444 goal

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My Students

Our 4K-5th grade school has approximately 400 students with half our population from low-income families. Our school is becoming a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. In collaboration with educators and community partners in business, industry and post-secondary education we are creating a best-practice model. Here we have designed a hands-on, project-based STEM environment to enhance our students’ education experience.

Serving low-income families can be a challenge that needs to be met with resources that will help "level the playing field", so everyone has a chance to move toward the goal of being community, college and career ready.

Students in my classroom are curious, work well together in groups, and have that sense of wonder that all teachers like to see! We work together in partners or groups for most of our projects. Exploration and hands-on learning is so important to expand their world.

My Project

It is time for something fresh for student learning. My students love to be active, play games with an educational purpose, and are ready to be creatively in control of their own learning. The supplies will allow me to incorporate this into my classroom, while also covering the content and skills my students need. It is an engaging learning game in which students work together to solve logic puzzles and clues in order to unlock a series locks and lock boxes using, among other things, invisible ink and flashlights. These games can incorporate any subject area as well as help students practice applied problem solving in real world contexts.

My students love to be active, play educational games with real world problem solving, and are ready to be creatively in control of their own learning.

Students will use critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity to reach their goal of solving the puzzle and unlocking the final box. They will be actively engaged in learning from their work partners and feel the satisfaction of working together to overcome challenges along the way, which gives practice to being persistent. To beat the game, students may need to solve math problems, recall vocabulary words, discuss a recent read aloud, research new information, and scour the room for invisible ink clues. Possibilities seem endless! I am excited to see how my students work together and feel their sense of accomplishment when they finally crack the code!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stack-On GMR-13 13-Inch Multi-Purpose Handy Storage Box with Tote Tray, Red • Amazon Business $15.11 4 $60.44
Vaultz Medicine Case with Combination Lock, 8.25 x 5 x 2.5 Inches, Black (VZ00361) • Amazon Business $13.78 4 $55.12
Design Go Birthday Date Lock, Green, One Size • Amazon Business $11.60 4 $46.40
Wordlock PL-002-RD 5-Dial Padlock, Red • Amazon Business $9.87 4 $39.48
TaoTronics UV Flashlight Blacklight, 12 Ultraviolet Led Flashlight with Free AAA Duracell Batteries, Pets Urine and Stains Detector • Amazon Business $7.99 4 $31.96
Master Lock Padlock, Set Your Own Speed Dial Combination Lock, 2-1/8 in. Wide, Assorted Colors, 1500iD • Amazon Business $7.89 4 $31.56
Master Lock 140D Solid Brass Keyed Different Padlock with 1-9/16-Inch Wide Body, 1/4-Inch Shackle • Amazon Business $6.32 4 $25.28
Master Lock Lockout Hasp with Vinyl Coated Handle and Locking Tabs, 1-1/2" Inside Jaw Diameter • Amazon Business $6.07 4 $24.28
Newtion Warehouse Tsa Lock 3 Digit Combination TSA Approved Lock For Luggage Padlock 4 pack (Black) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
HT® Ultimate Brass Combination Padlock Set - Set Your Own Combination(20mm 4 digit 2 Pack) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Towallmark Invisible Ink Pen with Uv Light: Pack of 4 • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

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