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Ms. Leon from Bay Shore NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy & Fun with Reading for ESL Students!

My students need money games and pretend money to learn about using and saving money.

  • $266 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our middle school is a diverse high-needs school of about 1,400 sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students. Almost half of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Our hallways are filled with great diversity and I strive to bring this diversity into my ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom and into my curriculum.

My ELLs (English Language Learners) are motivated, intelligent and compassionate individuals who are excited about learning.

They are active learners who appreciate the opportunities they are given. They are hungry to learn English and they understand that the best way to do this is to practice their English every day, as well as read a book that they love!

My Project

With previous help from Charles Schwab Foundation through DonorsChoose.org and Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), I have created a classroom store that requires students to earn pretend money that they can then use to borrow books from our library, or use LEGOs during some free time. Our classroom store has been a HUGE success; students have truly enjoyed the games, play coins, coin stamps, financial literacy books and allowance/saving board games. My students are practicing their financial critical thinking skills, and their math skills all while having fun.

I would like to re-stock our classroom store with YA books, a fun board game and some pretend money so that my ELLs can practice their money skills.

The majority of my ELLs do not have books at home that they can call their own, so I know a classroom store stocked with interesting books will motivate them to learn about money, saving, making change, etc. Students know they need to follow a budget in order to borrow a book, as well as figure out tax. I believe this classroom store will be an authentic and exciting way to help my middle school ELLs continue to learn the value of money.

The majority of my students have been in this country for less than 2 years. They are still novices with respect to using American money. The financial literacy board game and the pretend money that I'm requesting will help my students interact with money, by making change, adding up a bill, figuring out tax as well as subtracting items they cannot afford. Mastering these skills is crucial in order to develop more advanced financial literacy skills.

Ms. Leon
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Complete Money Kit • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Money Bagstm Coin Value Game • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 1 $16.96
Hey, Kiddo • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
All Summer Long • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
Fake Blood • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
Save Me a Seat • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Fashionista • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Explorer • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95

Materials cost

$185.44

Vendor shipping charges

$7.64

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.78

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$225.86

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$39.86

Total project goal

$265.72

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$265.72

3 Donors

-$132.42

Donations toward project cost

-$113.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$19.11

match offer

-$132.41

Match offer toward project cost

-$112.55

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$19.86

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.89

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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