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Mrs. Castleberry from Pryor OK is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-On is Hands Down The Best Way to Learn

Help me give my students that hands on multi-subject experience from building, reading and cooperative learning by purchasing Robot Crawlers and Mechanical Claws that students make and manipulate themselves.

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My Students

On paper my class may not stand out from others, but in the classroom, you would see they are a combination of so many different backgrounds, family dynamics, intellects, and personalities,

there is never a dull moment for this teacher.

I teach 3rd grade so these kids were in 1st grade when the pandemic hit. They are a young group on top of that meaning most of them have summer birthdays.

With this group, some of them were home schooled or took online classes and may not have had the full impact of hands on learning that public schools can offer with manipulatives and experiences.

My Project

When Covid hit in 2020, we were blindsided as were most schools across the nation. At the start of the 20-21 school year, we saw a decrease in the number of students in our classrooms as many were doing homeschooling or online schooling. Although these alternatives certainly became popular, nothing quite replaces what an actual classroom can offer.

I teach 3rd grade so my students were in 1st grade when the pandemic hit.

These are crucial hands-on learning years. Many home schooled and online schooled students don't have the opportunities to manipulate items for a more thorough learning experience.

I feel like there are certain objectives in math and science that really need extra attention. The basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can not be practiced enough and I am always looking for ways to enhance my small math groups. I chose the Power Pens and the math quiz cards for my small group/individualized learning. In science, I picked out the Robot Crawler and Mechanical Claw. These are kits that students can build and manipulate. They are reusable as well. My students love to make/build things with their hands and they are not sitting in front of a screen. The last 2 items I chose are Stem Perfect Pairings. This encompasses math and science along with books that pair with the hands on activities. The literature shows how the experiments relate to real world situations.

I appreciate this opportunity to enhance my students' learning through hands-on and literature.

Mrs. Castleberry
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BD520X - Power Pen<sup>&reg;</sup> Math Quiz Cards - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $85.00 2 $170.00
BD530X - Power Pen<sup>&reg;</sup> - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 3 $149.97
KiwiCo Mechanical Claw Classroom Pack • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $149.95 1 $149.95
KiwiCo Robot Crawler Classroom Pack • DonorsChoose Featured Favorites $124.95 1 $124.95
STEM Perfect Pairing - Science Grades 2-3 • AKJ Education $76.04 1 $76.04
STEM Perfect Pairing - Math Grades 2-3 • AKJ Education $65.79 1 $65.79

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