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Ms. S. from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-on, Minds-on Literacy Centers

My students need hands-on resources that allow them to explore literacy concepts during independent and small group centers.

  • $334 goal

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My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school located in the South side of Chicago, my students are faced with so many challenges in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am determined to close the achievement gap and provide my students with meaningful learning experiences that meet their academic as well as emotional needs.

My students are inquisitive and love to showcase how their brains are growing.

Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious. The excitement they exude when they learn to read new words is so heartwarming.

Many of them are being raised in single-parent households and receive free meals based on their socioeconomic status. From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. By planning engaging and thoughtful lessons, I hope to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic success.

My Project

My students need kinesthetic, hands-on manipulatives and games that focus on letter recognition, making words and writing. Students will explore these resources at our independent reading and writing centers, learning letters and sounds as they make words in a kinesthetic, tactile modality. They will use these materials to explore through building, drawing, making letters and sounds, and then words! Allowing students to touch, feel and create letters and words will support their ability to make connections and retain what they learn. Your generous donation to our project will improve my kindergarten classroom by building a stronger reader and writer.

This will impact my students by feeling success at an early age having fun while learning!

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

-Benjamin Franklin

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Newmark Learning Decodable Readers Bag Set • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Carson-Dellosa Publishing Differentiated Instruction Cubes • Amazon Business $19.39 1 $19.39
Learning Resources Lowercase Lacing Letters • Amazon Business $19.19 1 $19.19
Wikki Stix Big Count Box • Amazon Business $17.86 1 $17.86
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive), Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $17.75 1 $17.75
Learning Resources Magnetic Learning Letters - Lowercase • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Super-brite Bingo Ink Marker Set • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Smead File Folder, 1/3-Cut Tab, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 100 per Box, (11943) • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Little Treasures Matching Letter Game, Teaches Word Recognition, Spelling & Increases Memory, 3 Years & Up • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
500 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Set,Including 100 Pieces 10 Colors Pipe Cleaners,250 Pieces 5 Size Pom Poms and 150 Pieces 3 Size Wiggle Googly Eyes for Craft DIY Art Supplies (Pipe Cleaners set) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
National Geographic Play Sand - 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Blue) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Magnetic Letters and Numbers for Educating Kids in Fun -Educational Alphabet Refrigerator Magnets -82 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
FUN FOAM Modeling Foam Beads Play Kit (5 Blocks) by Special Supplies|Children’s Educational Clay for Arts & Crafts|Kindergarten & Preschool Kids Toys|Develop Creativity & Motor Skills • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Mind Sparks Foam Dry Erase Blocks • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Educational Insights Alphabet Rubber Stamps - Lowercase 5/8" • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Fun Express Magnificent Magnifying Glasses (10 Piece) • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stamp Pad - 6 Washable Inks • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Darice 9150-82 Wood Craft Colored Stick, 4-1/2-Inch, 120-Pack • Amazon Business $4.17 1 $4.17

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