I am a 6th grade teacher in a school with limited resources. My school is in an urban environment where all my students qualify for - and receive - free breakfast, lunch and snack daily. Most of my students are considered low income. Some of my students come from all around the world and are learning English.
Despite these financial obstacles and hardships, I want my students to feel successful at all times.
There are so many things that we can use in the classroom that will aid ALL students, yet as teachers in a low income district, we just don't have the access to them.
My 6th-grade students do a significant amount of work, therefore they use a significant amount of pencils and erasers. Although they are the most simple of supplies, they are also the most used! Pencils and erasers are critical in my classroom and play a vital role in the learning process. They are used in all subjects, but mostly in ELA where my students practice their writing.
Since my students strive to fine-tune their writing, they take my feedback seriously by erasing the wrong sentence and rewriting it with the correct one; therefore, lots of pencils and erasers are needed.
Many times they write book reports, fill out graphic organizers, complete open responses to writing prompts and much more. They use lots of erasers in learning the three-part writing process especially. For example, since they focus their writing using craft and structure (beginning, middle, end), and write with purpose (informational text, narrative, etc.), lots of pencils and erasers are needed during the pre-writing, composing and post-writing stages. In the first stage, my students use them for planning, brainstorming, and gathering ideas. In the second stage, they use them for composing, drafting and combining their sentences. In the last stage, my students revise, edit and publish.
New pencils and erasers are put to good use during testing season also. Having extra pencils and erasers readily available is always a benefit. To maintain our pencils staying sharp, an electric pencil sharpener is an added benefit indeed. The amount of pencils and erasers requested is for the entire school year! Your donations contributing to this simple project will make a significant impact on my students’ learning!
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