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Mr. Dilts from Newark DE is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-On In English Class - Part 1

Help me give my students hands-on experiences in English class with Model Magic, thinking putty, Monkey-Foam and Play-Doh.

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My Students

A sad fact about school is that hands-on learners are often neglected by core subjects (English, math, science, and social studies). A few years ago I found one engaging answer for this problem that allowed them to shine and pushed my other students into new realms of learning.

My students love to learn, even if they don't always realize it.

Most are visual, hands-on learners who excel when they are allowed to manipulate the material regardless of the subject matter. Unfortunately by the time they reach high school the spark of learning has been snuffed out by boring lessons that do not take into consideration their specific learning styles. However, if allowed to learn in the way that best suits them, the passion for learning that most had as kids comes rushing back.

My Project

Putting Model Magic in my students' hands will give them a chance to do hands-on activities with their vocabulary words and literary terms. In the past I have had them create elaborate sculptures outside of class for their vocabulary words and then teach the class the word's meaning with their own visual aid. It is always a hit with the kids and a true learning experience that creates a connection with a specific concept that they will not soon forget. While this activity has been a great success there has been a certain number of students that did not complete it because they did not have materials at home or the means to buy materials to complete the project. This past year I was able to give each student two packs of Model Magic. As a result, more students were engaged and more students learned the terms. I am requesting five more class packs of Model Magic in order to continue the success. This year students will use Monkey-Foam, Play-Doh, and thinking putty in class to do similar activities.

My students need to use their hands to learn.

They need to feel, touch, and manipulate material. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to accommodate this in English class. Sculpting with Model Magic, Monkey-Foam, Play-Doh, and thinking putty has been one of the best ways of bringing this kind of learning to my classroom. With your help I can continue to bring these opportunities to my students.

Mr. Dilts
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 200 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
33214-0759 - Crayola Model Magic Classpack - Pack of 75, 1 oz, White • Blick Art Materials $36.87 2 $73.74
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
33214-1759 - Crayola Model Magic Classpack - Pack of 75, 1 oz, Assorted • Blick Art Materials $34.76 1 $34.76
Monkey Foam - 40% More Than The Competitor's Combo Party Pack - 5 Giant Blocks in 5 Great Colors - Perfect for Creative Play - Educational Classroom Pack Size - Never Dries Out! - by Impresa • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Pandapia 44 PCS Play Dough doh Tools Playsets Molds Cutters Party Pack for Toddler Preschool Toys Classroom Carnival Prizes • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Play-Doh Bulk Winter Colors 12-Pack of Non-Toxic Modeling Compound, 4-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
MISS TRU Slime Egg Toys Colorful Soft Slime Toys for Kid 5packs Easter Egg Slime for A Satisfying Galaxy of Stress Relief and Fun • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Play-Doh Plus Color Set (8 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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