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Mrs. Roberts from Hazelwood MO is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Financial Literacy for Students with Special Needs

I need the 'On Your Own' software to enhance our students' ability to practice financial independence through an online program where they choose their paths and practice real-life decisions.

  • $1,026 goal

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My Students

My students attend a large middle school in the St. Louis area. The majority of the students come from low, socio-economic backgrounds where over ninety-five percent qualify for free/reduced breakfast and lunch. I have a group of middle school students (grades 6-8) with special needs that includes cognitive abilities in the infant range to students functioning in areas at a 5th-grade level.

I have students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, emotional and behavioral difficulties, visual impairments including blindness (Braille user), sensory disorders, physical disabilities (use of wheelchairs), communication disabilities (use of iPads and devices), and motor deficits (requires feeding and toileting assistance).

My Project

I would like to think that I am a person who makes financially sound decisions for my family, but to teach students the importance of having financial responsibility is an area where I am unsure. I need to strengthen my professional development in financial literacy and personal finance. This will allow me to transfer my knowledge to my students with special needs.

The students in my Essential Life Skills program need a tremendous amount of support in financial education in order to develop their independent living skills.

Students will need to know banking, budgeting, paying bills, investing, employment, income taxes, and more. All of our students are at different levels of mathematics and will require differentiation of instruction.

Mrs. Roberts
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
On Your Own Coast-to-Coast - Building License • Nasco $399.00 1 $399.00
MONEY BIG MAGNETIC COINS • School Specialty $37.84 1 $37.84
Life-Project A Resource for Teaching Personal Finance • Nasco $31.95 1 $31.95
Learning Advantage Budget - Budgeting Game for Kids - Teach Money, Math and Critical Thinking • Amazon Business $26.22 1 $26.22
Smart Spending The Teens' Guide to Cash, Credit, and Life's Costs • AKJ Education $24.81 1 $24.81
Superhero Tri-Fold Wallets- Pack of 12 by Oojami • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Teaching Financial Literacy Through Play (Teaching Through Games) • Amazon Business $23.50 1 $23.50
Dave Ramsey's ACT Your Wage! Board Game • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Learning Advantage 8231 QUIZMO Making Change Card • Amazon Business $20.30 1 $20.30
Learning Advantage Managing My Allowance - Allowance Game for Kids - Teach Money, Making Change, Currency and Saving Skills • Amazon Business $19.06 1 $19.06
Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You're Not): A Parents' Guide for Kids 3 to 23 • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Learning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game, Money Recognition, Counting Game, Ages 7+ • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Personal Finance Flashcards - Grades 4-5 • Nasco $12.50 1 $12.50
Dollars & Sense • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Personal Finance Flash Cards Ages10-11 • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
Personal Finance, Middle/Upper Grades • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Economics and You, Grades 5 - 8 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 Steps to Having More Money Than Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Save! Invest! • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Kids' Money Book: Earning, Saving, Spending, Investing, Donating • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Planning to Save/ Something Big (Money Skills) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Opening a Bank Account/ The Guitar (Money Skills) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Using Coupons/ Get the Deal (Money Skills) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Managing Credit/ High Cost (Money Skills) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
MONEY MAGNETIC COIN AND BILL SET • School Specialty $6.03 1 $6.03
Personal Finance - Common Core Lessons and Activities • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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