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Ms. Usenik from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-on Learning Is the Most Memoriable

Help me give my students with hands-on math and science manipulatives to make learning powerful and memorable!

  • $218 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A lot of my students are refugees or are learning a new language so language arts can be extremely daunting. My teaching philosophy focuses on making school a fun, safe and welcoming place for them to learn.

This will be my first year teaching first grade at my vastly diverse, large public school in Chicago so I am going to focus all my energy and passion on fostering a love for learning.

After my first year of teaching, I have learned so much and know what I need to do with my new classroom and students. A student last year wrote in her journal that I make the classroom feel like home and that is something that I will hold on to forever. I will take that feeling and mindset into my new school year with first grade.

My Project

I am very passionate about making learning fun! Part of my teaching philosophy focuses on making learning memorable. Anything in life that has meaning was made memorable because you were fully engulfed in the situation. That's how I would love to teach math and science!

Having manipulatives for students to interact with gives them a chance to make a meaningful connection to the content which is imperative when fostering a love for learning and curiosity.

There are many different learning styles that need attention in the classroom and these hands on items will help service many student needs as well.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
RR250 - Classic Farm Animal Collection • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
GS364 - Geostix® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LL459 - Geoboard Design Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
GR700 - Life Cycle Sequencing Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
DD908 - Pattern Blocks Activity Cards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99

Materials cost

$152.95

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$185.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$32.69

Total project goal

$217.93

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$217.93

4 Donors

-$159.89

Donations toward project cost

-$147.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.89

match offer

-$45.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$38.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$13.05

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

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