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Mrs. F. from Cincinnati OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help! New Special Needs Classroom.

My students need books, workbooks on their academic level, and educational toys that build confidence and trusting relationships.

  • $405 goal

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My Students

School just started. My classroom is an ED (emotionally disturbed) unit in our school. I have been a teacher for 18 years, but when I moved from Colorado a year ago, I left all of my teaching supplies behind. Now I have a full-sized classroom and barely anything for my students.

My class serves 6 students with emotional and behavior disorders who are in great need and have no supplies.

To give you an idea of how severe the behaviors can be, we have three adults in the room at all times. Behavior disorders are varied and difficult, and I won't go in to specific details, but my students have experienced trauma at some point in life or could live with less than acceptable conditions at home resulting in poor behavior and emotional scaring. They are not equipped for the general education classroom in most cases. That is the long term goal, however.

My job is to build relationships and let them know they are loved, worthy, and can succeed in school. I will start with a lot of simple activities, games and bonding and then move into academics.

My Project

My students need a safe place, a place that is theirs. My intention is to create a quiet and organized space for each student, one in which they can sit comfortably and utilize games and toys that help them relax and prepare for learning.

The gears set and Maker Kit I've chosen are for team building.

The workbooks are for academics, of course. I have all different ages and abilities so many levels of books and workbooks are helpful. I have none of the tools on the list.

I have asked for non-traditional learning tools because I always begin the school year with games and fidget toys that allow for relationship building and easy conversations. The goal is relationship building first, academics second. This is a shift from traditional learning, but the students are far from traditional students.

Mrs. F.
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 6 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Emotion Balls • AKJ Education $44.99 1 $44.99
Maker Kit Basic • AKJ Education $35.99 1 $35.99
Gears! Gears! Gears!® 100-Piece Deluxe Building Set • AKJ Education $24.08 1 $24.08
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories • AKJ Education $7.30 3 $21.90
Daily Geography Practice, Grade 4 • AKJ Education $21.89 1 $21.89
Busy Fingers Gel Fidget • AKJ Education $17.99 1 $17.99
Fraction City • AKJ Education $17.51 1 $17.51
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $5.83 3 $17.49
Adventures of the Greek Heroes • AKJ Education $5.83 3 $17.49
Robinson Crusoe • AKJ Education $5.07 3 $15.21
180 Days of Math for Sixth Grade • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Practice, Assess, Diagnose • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Practice, Assess, Diagnose 180 Days of Math for Grade 5 • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
180 Days of Language for Fourth Grade • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Extra Practice for Struggling Readers: Word Study • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
100 Words Kids Need To Read By 2nd Grade Sight Word Practice to Build Strong Readers • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88
Maps • AKJ Education $2.55 1 $2.55
United States Activity Atlas • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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