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Mrs. Richardson from Steep Falls ME is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Explore, Play and Learn!

My students need Tinkertoys, Picasso Tiles, Cuisenaire Rods, bear counters, and other math manipulatives.

  • $340 goal

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My Students

My students are active, engaged, hands on learners. They come to class each day ready to interact with others and learn about the world around them. They come from a small, rural community where many households struggle financially. Over half of the students in our school qualify for free or reduced lunch. Many of our students also receive weekend food through our "Backpack Program".

Despite many emotional and economic struggles, my students love school, are eager to learn, and are proud of their community!

As their teacher, I want to inspire them to be their best and help them to grow up to be an important part of that community.

My Project

The building materials and manipulatives will be used with STEM prompts and design cards to guide students to solve real life problems without stifling their creativity! The Picasso Tiles might be in the tub used to build a shelter for the counting bears that can survive "a quick change to the earth" like an earthquake or a tsunami. The TinkerToys may be used to create a safe way for a slinky to move from one area to another. The Link 'n Learn links, Cuisinaire rods and Mathlink cubes will be used to solve math problems that connect with the engineering and design prompts such as figuring out the area and perimeter of their design.

The donations to this project with help my students become better collaborators, thinkers and problem solvers!

These materials will allow my students to practice clear communication and problem solving skills while using higher order thinking. Students will become familiar with these materials, allowing them to be feel safe and confident while in the classroom learning and exploring! They will also practice sharing and communicating respectfully with each other when using these materials. The tubs will be used throughout the day from morning work time to science and math class, and even during those rainy or below freezing indoor recess times!

Mrs. Richardson
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PicassoTiles 60 Piece Set 60pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards - Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational, Conventional • Amazon Business $35.00 2 $70.00
TINKERTOY - Essentials Value Set - 150 Pieces - Ages 3+ Preschool Educational Toy • Amazon Business $36.47 1 $36.47
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Deluxe Building Set, 100 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.50 1 $24.50
TINKERTOY - 100 Piece Essentials Value Set - Ages 3+ Preschool Education Toy • Amazon Business $22.77 1 $22.77
Learning Resources Cuisenaire Rods Small Group Set: Plastic • Amazon Business $21.43 1 $21.43
Guidecraft Interlox 96-Piece Set • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Linking Math Manipulatives Learning Toys - 120 Skoolzy Rainbow Math Links Counters with Tote & Preschool Learning Activities eBook - Kids Counting Toys Kindergarten Fine Motor Skills with Tote • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Learning Resources Baby Bear Counters, 102 Pieces • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Original Slinky Brand Metal Slinky 3 Pack • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes, Educational Counting Toy, Set of 100 Cubes • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49

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