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Mrs. Teal from Simi Valley CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Is Better with Ice Cream and Puppies

My students need quality manipulatives to use in a dramatic play center that will help them develop social skills, increase language development, and encourage purposeful writing in an engaging environment.

  • $339 goal

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My Students

I teach Kindergarten at a Title l school. Many of my students do not have any prior school experience.

My students are an energetic, enthusiastic and imaginative group of 5 and 6 year olds who need many opportunities to talk, move, and play throughout their day at school.

Many of my students are second language learners who start the year shy and quiet. Through numerous interactions throughout the year my students begin to learn from one another and become more comfortable speaking English in our safe and nurturing environment.

My Project

I plan to enhance my dramatic play area and change themes throughout the year. With the ice cream manipulatives I have selected, I will transform my dramatic play center into an ice cream shop. This will allow my students to build social skills as they interact with one another by role playing as employees and customers. Students will be able to work on negotiating with one another to determine their roles within the center. They will also be working on turn taking. Later in the year, I will transform the center into a vet offfice where students can be pet owners, doctors, etc.

My second language students will have an opportunity to practice using English in a non threatening but purposeful manner as well as develop literacy and math skills in a natural way.

All students will have opportunities to write and count while taking orders and paying for their ice cream. Throughout the center I will include picture and word cards, order sheets and price lists. Similarly, students will have opportunities to read and write in the veterinarians office. Students will naturally begin to interact with money as they see their families do in everyday life.

Students are most engaged when learning through purposeful play.

Mrs. Teal
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Melissa & Doug Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Cone Magnetic Pretend Play Set • Amazon Business $22.95 2 $45.90
Natural Uniforms Childrens Lab Coat-Soft Touch (7) • Amazon Business $12.95 3 $38.85
HH718 - Pet Vet Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
Melissa & Doug Feeding and Grooming Pet Care Play Set • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set (24 pcs) • Amazon Business $21.45 1 $21.45
Melissa & Doug Frozen Treats Playset • Amazon Business $18.69 1 $18.69
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops, Set of 10 • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Melissa & Doug Sweet Toppings Dessert Play Food Set • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
PP719 - Poseable Puppy • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
Sand Toys 6 PC Sand Ice Cream Set Cones and Scoop For Toddlers • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00

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