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Ms. Leon from Bay Shore NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help ESL Students Learn About Financial Literacy! #3

My students need financial literacy games/books to learn about the value of money and how to save for their future. We also need YA books for our classroom store where they earn "money" to "buy" books!

  • $253 goal

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My Students

Our middle school is a diverse high-needs school of about 1,400 sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students. Almost half of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Our hallways are filled with great diversity and I strive to bring this diversity into my ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom and into my curriculum.

My ELLs (English Language Learners) are motivated, intelligent and compassionate individuals who are excited about learning.

They are active learners who appreciate the opportunities they are given. They are hungry to learn English and they understand that the best way to do this is to practice their English every day immerse themselves in our middle school community!

My Project

With previous help from Charles Schwab Foundation through and Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), I have created a classroom store that requires students to earn pretend money that they can then use to borrow books from our library, or use LEGOs during some free time. Our classroom store has been a HUGE success; students have truly enjoyed the games, play coins, coin stamps, financial literacy books and allowance/saving board games. My students are practicing their financial critical thinking skills, and their math skills all while having fun.

I would like to re-stock our classroom store with YA books and fun board games so that my ELLs can practice their money skills.

The majority of my ELLs do not have books at home that they can call their own, so I know a classroom store stocked with interesting books will motivate them to learn about money, saving, making change, etc. Students know they need to follow a budget in order to borrow a book, as well as figure out tax.

The financial literacy books I'm requesting will help me take their learning to the next level; I will now introduce them to investing and saving for college. I believe this classroom store will be an authentic and exciting way to help my middle school ELLs continue to learn the value of money.

Ms. Leon
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pay Day Board Game • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #6): A Graphix Book: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Making Friends • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Supernova (Amulet #8) • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
The Hidden Witch • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Be Prepared • Amazon Business $15.31 1 $15.31
If Money Could Shout: The Brutal Truths for Teens • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Finance 101 for Kids: Money Lessons Children Cannot Afford to Miss • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Dollars & Sense: A Kid's Guide to Using--Not Losing--Money • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Dork Diaries 13: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Frida, el misterio del anillo del pavo real y yo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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