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Ms. Finley from Boston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Make Our Class Feel Like a Foreign Country!

Help me give my students a student-centered learning environment that really looks and feels like a foreign language (Spanish) classroom. Students specifically requested many of these items to make the space what they need to learn and grow, including a map, globe, posters, games, and artifacts.

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My Students

We are a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) school serving a diverse group of over 450 urban students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to prepare our students to succeed in college and beyond, by providing them with the 21st century skills to contribute meaningfully in the global workforce.

Teaching our students Spanish as a second language encourages multiculturalism through bilingualism and is an important part of achieving our school's mission because Spanish is the second most used language in international communication.

Therefore, our graduates complete two years of formal language study (or show evidence of previous proficiency in another language).

Our school has the challenge of being in "Turnaround Status" and in the past our students have experienced failures due to inadequate resources. I teach Spanish I and Spanish II to over 55 hardworking students. My students are in need of foreign language resources that will allow me to provide differentiated instruction, to meet students where they are and to ensure that all students matter in the classroom, no matter how much exposure they have had to learning another language. Please support my teaching efforts by making a donation today.

My Project

Help make our class feel like a foreign country!

My students and I want to make our classroom look and feel like a foreign country!

My students and I just moved into a new school building, and we have little material to decorate our classroom. We want to see Spanish everywhere in our classroom by strategically decorating our space to create the feeling of being in a foreign country like Spain, Costa Rica, or Perú.

We imagine having a world map, Spanish posters with inspirational sayings, anchor charts with common verbs, high frequency vocabulary like colors, weather expressions, days of the week, numbers etc. as well as "The Spanish Corner", a comfortable reading space that provides a language immersion experience with lots of authentic cultural items in which to interact. We envision a student materials desk with a globe, Spanish-English dictionaries, Spanish board games and other cultural artifacts like Mexican calabras, candy skulls, tiny flags of the 22 Spanish speaking countries.

My students requested many of these materials specifically because they say they need these things in order to learn and grow a lot. Other items are ones I have added to to create a more integrated curriculum experience as I know they will be of use throughout my years of teaching, not just this year .

These materials will make a huge difference in how my students feel when the are in the learning area because they will create a kind of subconscious learning. Students will also benefit from building associations between vocabulary, imagery, cultural practices and the Spanish language. Please us make our vision a reality by making a donate today.

Ms. Finley
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Broad Line Washable Markers, Classpack Bulk Markers, 200 Count • Amazon Business $48.40 1 $48.40
Urban Shop Faux Fur Saucer Chair with Metal Frame, One Size, Black • Amazon Business $39.00 1 $39.00
Julius Studio Photo Video Studio 10 ft. Wide Cross Bar 7.4 ft. Tall Background Stand Backdrop Support System Kit with Carry Bag, Photography Studio, JSAG283 • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
Creative Teaching Press Classroom Set Themed Classroom Displays and Decoration (8819) • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Crayola 240 Ct Colored Pencil Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors (68-8024) • Amazon Business $33.41 1 $33.41
Rugshop Modern Circles Area Rug, 3'3" x 5'3", Blue • Amazon Business $32.22 1 $32.22
Illuminated World Globe for Kids with Stand – Built-in LED Light Illuminates for Night View – Colorful, Easy-Read Labels of Continents, Countries, Capitals & Natural Wonders, 8" • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Cuéntame: 286 Spanish Conversation Cards (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $29.61 1 $29.61
TableTopics - Original En Espanol • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Monopoly (Spanish Rules) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Staples Brights Colored Paper, 8.5" x 11", Neon Assorted, 500/Ream (20201) • Staples Advantage $11.70 2 $23.40
Mehofoto Day of The Dead Backdrop Mexican Fiesta Sugar Skull Photography Background 7x5ft Vinyl Dia DE Los Muertos Dress-up Party Supplies Fiesta Banner Decoration • Amazon Business $21.79 1 $21.79
Hasbro Scrabble Spanish • Amazon Business $19.85 1 $19.85
24x36 World Classic Elite Wall Map Mural Poster Laminated • Amazon Business $17.90 1 $17.90
Staples Slimline Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black (17813) • Staples Advantage $15.99 1 $15.99
30-piece Day of the Dead Black and Bone Foil Swirls Value Pack Kit • Amazon Business $15.22 1 $15.22
Bananagrams Spanish Multi-Award-Winning Word and Language Game • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
Kalimba Thumb Piano 10 Key Mbira Hollow Pine Education Toy Musical Instrument • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
AQV Led String Light, 16.4ft Star String Lights Warm White Fairy Lights Battery Operated Waterproof Outdoor/Indoor DIY Decoration Christmas Party, Wedding, Garden • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Pacific Giftware Day Of The Dead Skulls Salt Pepper Shakers Figurine Home Decor, multi-colored, 5 x 2 • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
OurWarm 14 x 84 inch Mexican Serape Table Runner for Mexican Party Wedding Decorations, Fringe Cotton Table Runner • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Boodecal Spanish Quote Wall Decals Hoy Es Un Dia Empezar a Vivir Tus Suenos Peel and Stick Wall Stickers for Bedroom Living Room 16*23 Inches • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Paper Full of Wishes Festival Mexicano Large Plastic Papel Picado Banner, 9 Multi-Colored Panels 15 feet Long • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Super Z Outlet Fiesta Colorful Paper Fans Round Wheel Disc Southwestern Pattern Design Party, Event, Home Decoration (Southwestern) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Zicome Kid’s Wooden Maracas Rattle Shakers Musical Educational Toys, Set of 2 (Assorted Colors and Patterns) • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
KalaBear International String Flags Banners Countries Flags World Flags Pennant Banner Flags of Countries for Classroom Garden Grand Opening Bar Sports Clubs Party Events Decorations • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
Amscan 241695 Mini Donkey Pinata, Multi • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60

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