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Mrs. Braithwaite from Ogden UT is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Exploration and Creativity for First Grade

Help me give my students Brain Builders to let them explore, create, build, and play.

  • $574 goal

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My Students

My first graders are hard working, kind six and seven year olds. They are creative and imaginative. We are a busy group, always curious and enthusiastic to learn new things. Everyday brings a new challenge or learning experience to our class. Every student comes to school with a story to tell. We are learning social skills, kindness, respect and responsibility. Our class is working on building our phonics skills through intense daily practice. We are trying to become good readers, mathematicians, and scientists. We are learning that we can do hard things.

My Project

I want to help my students develop their creativity. Brain Builders are open-ended materials that my students can use to explore, create, build, and play with in the morning during breakfast time. Brain Building time is a morning routine that can set a happy tone for our day. It will help my students wake up, warm up and get ready to think. I believe that without time for unstructured inquiry, imaginative play, and an opportunity for students to develop social skills, we are doing our children a disservice. I believe that, without time to explore, create, build, and play, I fail to provide my students with what a whole child needs to succeed. I want to use STEM building kits, magnetic blocks, and other building sets as Brain Builders for my first graders.

Brain Builders will increase small motor skills, promote reasoning skills, provide problem solving opportunities, and increase creativity.

They can improve science, engineering and math skills while having fun. Creativity can lead to better writing, better storytelling, and imaginative thinking. Social skills and teamwork can also be nurtured through creative play and working in small cooperative groups.

I also want to promote the use of Big Books in my classroom. I want to build a "Big Book" center for my classroom. I need a Big Book storage container to make the books I currently have more accessible to my students. I would like to provide them with pointers to make the big books fun to read. I also want to have "sit spots" to help them find an appropriate place to read the big book. This will be done either by themselves or with a partner. Small whiteboards can be used to make their own graphic organizers to promote better understanding when reading the big books.

Mrs. Braithwaite
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wood Designs Big Book Holder • Amazon Business $212.71 1 $212.71
Jasonwell 133Pcs Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Set for Boys Girls Preschool Educational Construction Kit Magnet Stacking Toys for Kids Toddlers Children Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Magees Magnetic Building Blocks 100 Set - Magnet Toys Building Strongest Magnets - Magnetic Tiles Includes Bonus 13 Piece Insert Alphabet Cards - STEM 3D Magnet Tiles - Original 6015 • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Dry Erase Boards [30pc Double Sided] Lapboards with ClearWipe Coating! Small White Boards - 9" x 12" Mini White Boards for Students, Classroom Teacher Supplies • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
Aokesi STEM Learning Toys Building Kits with Electric Drill and Storage Box - Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set Creative Game Toys Gift for Kids Age 3+ Boys Girls (108 Piece) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
SitSpots 30 Circle Pack | Original Sit Spots • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Top Blocks Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.97 1 $24.97
cossy STEM Learning Toy Engineering Construction Building Blocks 208 Pieces Kids Educational Toy for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Year Old (208 Pcs) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
3D Puzzle Ball, Interactive Maze Game with 138 Obstacles • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
AOKESI STEM Building Toys for Kids 172 PCS Snap Together Building Kits | Engineering Early Learning Building Blocks Set Best Gift for Ages 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Year Old Boys and Girls |Top Blocks Game • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99

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