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Ms. Hinojosa from Clearfield UT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Play!

My students need a variety of props and dress-up items to engage them in learning.

  • $476 goal

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My Students

I work in a Title I school with some of the most amazing, creative, and hard-working students. More than 60% of my students come from a lower socio-economic home. Many of my students are ESL and many more qualify for special ed.

I have the best students and I want to give them the best!

Because of the daily obstacles my students face, some of them find education very challenging. Many come to school without their basic needs being met. It is hard to focus on math, science, or reading. I try to think outside of the box so that my kids are engaged and want to learn.

My Project

One of my all-time favorite book is Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin. The book focuses on play and making someone's day, among other things. A quote from the book says, "Making someone's day means going out of your way to create memories that make a difference." This fish philosophy can be applied easily to education and learning.

I want to spark a passion for learning, and I can do this by incorporating play into our lessons.

This project will help my students learn skills through thematic activities. A few ideas I have that will utilize the props and dress up items I am asking for are...

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs day- Our class will learn about weather with the popular book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I will turn our classroom into a stormy day with food precipitating from the ceiling. Not only will we learn science, we will also learn reading skills from the picture book.

2. Fraction Boot Camp- Our class will learn and review fractions by participating in a boot camp. My students will need a camouflage scarf and a dog tag to play the part.

3. Text Feature Surgery- Our class will learn all of text features for non-fiction texts by performing surgery. In order to be surgeons, we will need a cap, gloves, and mask.

4. Crime Scene- Our class will learn to make inferences and predictions, based on a crime scene in our classroom. Students will become detectives and use clues to come up with a conclusion of what happened.

5. Book Tasting Event- Our class will "taste" a variety of books from a menu. I plan to set up a dining situation with a variety of books. A chef hat and apron will help us play the part.

Ms. Hinojosa
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Luxury Inflatable Pizza Pool Float - Includes Pump - Giant Slice of Pizza Swimming Pool Raft… • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Novelty Bandanas By The Dozen 100% Cotton 12-Pack 22" x 22" - Army Camo • Amazon Business $12.98 3 $38.94
Ifavor123 Grayish Tan Beige Soft Plastic Jungle Safari Kids Birthday Party Dress Up Novelty Hat (24) • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Disposable Chef Hats, Pleated, Adjustable Band, 9" Tall, White - 20 pcs per pack • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Pack of 12 - Police Party Notepads - Party Loot Bag Fillers • Amazon Business $7.54 3 $22.62
100 Shiny Stainless Steel Military spec Dog Tags - BLANK • Amazon Business $21.15 1 $21.15
Creative Motion Electrical Police Beacon Light, Blue • Amazon Business $20.98 1 $20.98
Swimline Giant Pretzel Swim Fun Inflatable Floating Seat • Amazon Business $20.96 1 $20.96
Rhode Island Novelty 7" Red Police Beacon Light • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
INFLATABLE DONUTS - 36 inch - Pool party floats and donut party decorations • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Assorted Color Syringe Design Pens - 36 Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Coconut Float Pool Floats; Hot Dog Pool Raft, 7 Ft. • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
Dynarex Safe-Touch Nitrile Exam Gloves (Non-latex) Powder Free (M) • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
ljdeals Nickel Plated Ball Chain Necklace, 50 Piece • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
100 White Plastic Disposable Aprons For Cooking, Painting and More - Individually Packaged - Durable 1 mil Waterproof Polyethylene - 24" x 42" - by Xpose Safety • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
100 Pcs Disposable Earloop Face Masks Dental Surgical Hypoallergenic Breathability Comfort-Great For People With Allergies And The Flu • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Coconut Float Pool Floats; Taco Pool Raft, 6.5 Ft. • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
100 pcs- EZ-5 Disposable Bouffant Caps, Spun-Bounded Poly, Hair Head Cover Net, Non-Woven, Medical, Labs, Nurse, Tattoo, Food Service, Hospital- Alcohol Pads Included (21 INCH, BLUE) • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
Rhode Island Novelty 36 Inch Inflatable Ice Cream Cones 3-pack • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Caution Tape - Police Line Do Not Cross - 20 ft by Novelty Toys • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Fun Express Police Badge Name Tag Stickers Roll of 100 School Party Supplies • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Beistle 90017 Inflatable Turkey Leg, 24”, Brown/White, Pack of 1 • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80

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