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Mrs. Koehler from San Diego CA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Laughing and Learning--A Winning Combination!

My students need Joying Toy Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets and Melissa & Doug Farm and Zoo Friends Hand Puppets along with a collection of Seedlings animal books to learn while playing!

  • $592 goal

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My Students

My first graders have vivid imaginations! They are creative thinkers who love to learn while playing. My classroom is filled with curious and funny six- and seven-year-olds who enjoy interacting with each other in class. I teach in a small neighborhood public school that serves many military students and their families.

My students are learning social skills in addition to reading and writing--as they laugh and learn-- by collaborating with each other and working with partners.

Through animated play, they put on shows, skits, plays and share what they learn with each other through stories and play.

Playing and learning go hand in hand...and that's one of the things I aim to provide in my classroom setting.

My Project

Laughing and learning--it's a winning combination don't you think? When children are happy, engaged and smiling, they learn better from their peers, teachers and books.

Just like laughing and learning should go together, animal puppets and books can work magic by helping students work on their speaking and listening skills.

First graders need to develop fluency in their speech, gain vocabulary and work on understanding the joy of having a conversation with peers. These animal puppets will bring hearty laughs as children pretend to be the animal puppet of their choice.

Moo! Oink! Bzz! Roar! These are only a few of the sounds that will be heard in my classroom as students explore through the eyes of their animal puppets. Who knows what stories they'll share, tell or write?

Mrs. Koehler
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Joyin Toy Animal Friends Deluxe Kids Hand Puppets with Working Mouth (Pack of 6) for Imaginative Play • Amazon Business $22.95 2 $45.90
Melissa & Doug Zoo Friends Hand Puppets (Set of 4) - Elephant, Giraffe, Tiger, and Monkey • Amazon Business $15.75 2 $31.50
Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets (Set of 4) - Cow, Horse, Sheep, and Pig • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Seedlings: Brown Bears • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Camels • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Teachers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Veterinarians • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Retrievers (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Bees • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Wolves • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Killer Whales • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Ladybugs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Beavers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Snakes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Penguins • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Garbage Trucks • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Cheetahs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Dolphins • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Polar Bears • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Sharks • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hummingbirds (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Eagles • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Elephants • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Octopuses • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fire Trucks (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Butterflies • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Gorillas • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Geckos • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Koalas • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Seedlings: Monkeys • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
Seedlings: Bullet Trains • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Seedlings: Sea Lions • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Seedlings: Wild Horses • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
Seedlings: Giraffes • Amazon Business $7.34 1 $7.34
Seedlings: Tigers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Seedlings: Lions • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fighter Jets (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $6.73 1 $6.73
Battleships (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Seedlings: Seals • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Seedlings: Goats • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96
Tortoises (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Seedlings: Stingrays • Amazon Business $5.85 1 $5.85
Seedlings: Pandas • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Seedlings: Cows • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Seedlings: Clownfish • Amazon Business $5.08 1 $5.08
Seedlings: Chickens • Amazon Business $4.62 1 $4.62
Tanks (Seedlings) • Amazon Business $2.53 1 $2.53

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