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Ms. Davis from Dekalb IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

First Grade Engineers Needing STEAM Tools

Help me give my students the tools to collaborate and use their creative minds to build, construct, design, and play! The two-shelf storage cabinet will help organize all of the STEAM tools requested in this project.

  • $594 goal

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My Students

Albert Einstein once said, "Creativity is contagious, pass it on!"

My first graders are energetic, motivated, and enthusiastic.

They are diverse academically, linguistically, and culturally. Many of my students do not have access at home to use tools like these requested in this project. Students have access to some flexible seating options where they can pick a "smart seat" for whatever activity we are working on. I believe students should have a voice and a choice in what seating option works best for them. Like adults, children learn best when they are comfortable. I love that my students take ownership of their learning and have a voice in their classroom. Along with the flexible seating, my students practice goal setting, which has really helped teach and practice daily teamwork and collaboration. My students practice teamwork, collaboration, creative thinking, kindness, and hard work daily, which are skills that will be beneficial for using the requested brain bin materials and storage unit in this project.

My Project

First graders love to use their creativity to build and design. I would like to create "brain bins" for my students to use as their morning work time or for students who may finish work early. The Common Core State Standards and The Next Generation Science Standards both emphasize how critical listening, speaking, and communicating about mathematical and scientific concepts are. Integrating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and literacy tools help students identify and understand key concepts better (Lorey, 2017). STEAM topics require students to interpret technical texts, acquire content-specific vocabulary, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing these complex concepts (Kaczmarek, 2016).

By donating to our project, you will provide the opportunity for my first-grade engineers to engage in building, designing, and thinking critically while using STEAM tools on a daily basis for their morning work.

I have some tools in my classroom that I have already purchased with my own money like a variety of sizes of LEGOs, magnetic tiles, wooden blocks, and puzzles. I am requesting funds for more tools like dado squares, interlocking tools, Squigz, foam dominoes, tinker toys, story cubes, I spy books, letter making, and a construction set will provide my first-grade engineers with a variety of building tools to work together collaboratively to build, create, and play.

Ms. Davis
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Birch 2 Shelf Storage Cabinet with Back, Wood Book Shelf Organizer/Toy Storage for Kids, Natural • Amazon Business $151.39 1 $151.39
Rory's Story Cube Complete Set - Original - Actions - Voyages • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Fat Brain Toys Squigz 2.0 - 36 Piece • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Learning Resources Letter Construction, School Activity Set, Play School, 60 Pieces, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $35.49 1 $35.49
TINKERTOY ‒ 100 Piece Essentials Value Set ‒ Ages 3+ Preschool Education Toy • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
idoot Magnetic Blocks Building Set for Kids, Magnetic Tiles Educational Building Construction Toys for Boys & Girls with Storage Bag - 56Pcs • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Goobi 70 Piece Construction Set Building Toy Active Play Sticks STEM Learning Creativity Imagination Children’s 3D Puzzle Educational Brain Toys for Kids Boys and Girls with Instruction Booklet • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
WonderFoam Dominoes 168 Pieces (AC4468) • Amazon Business $24.26 1 $24.26
Fat Brain Toys Dado Squares • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Clip Connect 100 Pieces | Diameter of 1.5 Inches | Interlocking Solid Plastic Building Blocks Discs Set STEM Educational Toy for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls | Safe Material for Kids • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Disney Look and Find Books for Kids -- Set of 3 Disney Find It Books Featuring Disney Princess, Frozen and More! • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Encyclopedia Britannica - Animals All Around Look and Find Activity Book- PI Kids • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Disney - The Lion King Look and Find Activity Book - PI Kids • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Marvel Avengers Look and Find Activity Book - Includes Characters from Avengers Endgame - PI Kids • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Marvel - Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-man Look and Find Activity Book - Characters from Avengers Endgame Included - PI Kids • Amazon Business $6.66 1 $6.66

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