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Mrs. Knaack from Glendale Heights IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help My Reluctant Readers Grow and Be Motivated to Read

Help me give my students small incentives like stress balls and slow rising squishies as prizes to motivate them to keep reading and growing as readers. They are working at increasing their reading engagement and reading across genres.

  • $162 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of learners from low socio-economic backgrounds. The student enrollment at my school is 65% low income and 15% English language learners. Many of my students are reading below grade level and need extra motivation to read outside the classroom. In my classroom, there is a goal that students will finish 1-2 books each week with them reading 20 books for the year. Many are falling short of this, and incentives would help motivate to gain reading stamina and increase their reading attitude.

My Project

My low income, struggling middle school readers, many who are learning English need the extra push when it comes to reading. I have a diverse student population and many lack motivation when it comes to reading because they are already years behind in comprehension and vocabulary.

A stress ball, slow rising squishy or smelly sticker encourage students who do not believe in themselves or see a purpose in reading to keep reading.

These small incentives and prizes will mean a great deal to my students. When they finish books, they are entered into raffles. My students have particular genres they like to read but they need to step out of their genre comfort zone to advance as readers. Middle school students need to keep reading to increase their vocabulary knowledge. Those who read, learn new words necessary to function in society. Those who do not read, fall further behind and the gap widens. The more students read, the better they understand the world around them. These materials and prizes will motivate my students who normally struggle with motivation and who do not have the funds to purchase these items on their own.

Mrs. Knaack
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scentco Colored Smencils 10-pack of Scented Coloring Pencils • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Scentco Fall Friends Smencils 5-Pack of HB #2 Scented Pencils • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
WATINC Random 30 pcs Squishies Cream Scented Slow Rising Kawaii Simulation Lovely Toy Medium Mini Soft Food squishies, Phone Straps (30P Donuts) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
SQUISHIES Value Packs in Great Gift Worthy Packaging - Jumbo Slow Rising Kawaii Squishies Plus Mini Squishy Toy Keychains & Bonus Sample Pack! Comes in Mix, Foodie and Dessert (Cake, Donuts) 12PCS • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Why Worry? Be Happy! Neon Yellow Smile Funny Face Stress Balls - Happy Smiley Face Stress Balls Bulk Pack of 24 2" Stress Relief Smile Squeeze Balls - Christmas Stocking Stuffers - Fun Toys By Neliblu • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Purple Ladybug Novelty 45 Sheet Scratch and Sniff Stickers for Kids & Teachers Mega Variety Pack, with 15 Different Scratch N Sniff Intense Smells, Awesome Smelly Sticker & Reward Sticker Fun! • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Sports Balls for Kids, Soft PU Mini Balls Toys with Football, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer, Stress Ball Indoor Outdoor Toys for 3 + Year Old Boys • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95

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