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Ms. Maddy from Chicago IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Full STEAM Ahead!

Help me give my students hands on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning opportunities with materials like play sand, personal journals, watercolors and independent science stations.

  • $970 goal

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My Students

My school is located in a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The majority of the families in our school are considered low income, with more than 95% of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch.

Despite the multitude of challenges my students might encounter in their daily lives, the resilience and excitement each child brings to the classroom is inspiring.

I seek to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment where my students can explore the world around them while building meaningful relationships.

My Project

Many of the items I've requested are intended to provide learning experiences for my students within the field of STEAM. Materials such as play sand, water colors and Unifix cubes can provide countless open-ended learning opportunities that allow students to build abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills.

A typical day in my classroom always includes student-directed work time where children engage independently or in small groups with hands-on activities.

These activities are intended to foster the exploration and consolidation of prior learning from whole-group math and science lessons. Materials such as dry erase markers, student journals and flip charts are important pieces in these whole-group lessons.

Equal in importance to academic content in any elementary classroom is always social and emotional learning. In my classroom I implement daily mindfulness activities, community circles, and read alouds to help students develop skills such as self-regulation, empathy and conflict-resolution. I am excited to share with my students the books I’ve requested including titles such as “Red: A Crayon’s Story” which teaches students about the importance of self expression.

Ms. Maddy
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TT155X - STEM Science Stations - K-Gr. 1 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $145.00 1 $145.00
Staples Composition Notebook, 9.75" x 7.5", College Ruled, 100 Sheets, Assorted, 48/Carton (25536CT) • Staples Advantage $87.09 1 $87.09
Expo 1920940 Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 36 Count, Black • Amazon Business $27.17 2 $54.34
PP565 - Create-A-Chain Reaction STEM Kit - Pre K-Gr. 2 - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25" x 30", White, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads/Pack (559) • Staples Advantage $49.49 1 $49.49
PAPER THAME WATERCOLOR 23X35 PACK OF 10 • School Specialty $16.11 2 $32.22
EE117 - Grab & Write Social-Emotional Prompts - K-Gr. 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PAINT WATERCOLOR WASH PRANG 16 COLORS OVAL W/BRUSH • School Specialty $2.90 10 $29.00
Crayola Kid's Markers, Broad Line, Assorted Colors, 10/Pack (58-7722) • Staples Advantage $5.19 5 $25.95
Unifix Cubes - Package of 300 - 10 Colors • Amazon Business $23.07 1 $23.07
SHAPE IT! SAND PURPLE 5LBS • School Specialty $22.71 1 $22.71
BK GUIDED MATH WORK STATIONS K-2 • School Specialty $18.95 1 $18.95
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Bleach Free Cleaning Wipes - 105 Wipes (30112) • Staples Advantage $8.63 2 $17.26
Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count • Amazon Business $4.29 4 $17.16
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $7.80 2 $15.60
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace (Card Deck) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $13.49 1 $13.49
One Wave at a Time: A Story about Grief and Healing • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Kleenex Boutique Standard Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 95 Sheets/Box, 6/Pack (21271) • Staples Advantage $13.19 1 $13.19
BOOK MATHEMATICS W/UNIFIX CUBES 1 PB • School Specialty $12.20 1 $12.20
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Human Body 100 pc. Floor Puzzle • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.69 1 $11.69
Pacon Sentence & Learning Strips (1733) • Staples Advantage $9.75 1 $9.75
Staples 2-Pocket School Folders, Blue, 25/Box (50754/27534-CC) • Staples Advantage $9.49 1 $9.49
Staples 2-Pocket School Folders, Green, 25/Box (50753/27533-CC) • Staples Advantage $9.49 1 $9.49
Staples 2-Pocket School Folders, Red, 25/Box (50752/27532-CC) • Staples Advantage $9.49 1 $9.49
Z Zicome 4 Pack Magnetic White Board Eraser for Home, School and Office - 4 X 2.3 X 0.8 Inch • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
SAND MOLDS NUMBERS / OPERATIONS S/26 • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59
SAND MOLDS SHAPES SET OF 16 • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59
Sharpie FLIP CHART Water Based Markers, Bullet Point, Assorted, 8/Pack (22478) • Staples Advantage $5.77 1 $5.77

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