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Mrs. Sterner from Allentown PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning with a Twist: K'Nex, Art & Games, Oh My!

Help me give my students opportunities to learn in fun and creative ways! K'Nex will provide hands-on engineering while promoting career exploration through materials such as how to draw landscapes and vistas.

  • $450 goal

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My Students

I teach students in an Emotional Support (ES) classroom. They are various grades (9-12), very diverse, and our school has an 89% lower socioeconomic status population. Some students also speak English as a second language. Unfortunately, this particular group of students has a large percentage that have run-ins with the law and many of my students have been arrested for a variety of reasons. Some have been locked up, others have been in alternative education placements and a good number of them are on probation. There's never a dull moment in my classroom!

If you are not familiar with students in an ES population, they all have a diagnosis within the mental health spectrum, mostly Emotional Disturbance, but some students have social anxieties.

They all need to learn coping mechanisms for their emotional battles, so much of our instruction focuses on behavioral instruction in addition to curricular needs.

ES students have the worst lifetime outcomes in America, with 40% of them dropping out of school. If they do not get help or get a diploma for a better future, the outcomes are very grim (drug abuse, homelessness, etc.). Help me make them heard, understood, and successful!

My Project

My students are not traditional learners. They need hands-on learning opportunities such as learning about landscapes and vistas (i.e. in historic battles) and then the opportunity to creatively interpret what they learn. The K'Nex learning set can help students implement science skills and concepts they learn in physical science while having fun with the materials.

In addition to academics, a primary focus in my classroom is social and emotional learning where art materials and games can serve as rewards for hard work.

Games are a great way to work on soft skills the students will need in the job setting, such as teamwork and problem solving.

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Mrs. Sterner
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
K'Nex Building Simple Machines Class Set • AKJ Education $199.00 1 $199.00
Inventor's Lab Extra Large • AKJ Education $24.94 1 $24.94
Super Simple Indian Art • AKJ Education $19.76 1 $19.76
Graphic Organizer Flip Chart • AKJ Education $15.99 1 $15.99
Farkle Frenzy • AKJ Education $12.08 1 $12.08
Brain Quest Presidents • AKJ Education $10.76 1 $10.76
The Sci or Fi Files • AKJ Education $8.99 1 $8.99
The Mandala Coloring Book • AKJ Education $7.56 1 $7.56
Famous Americans • AKJ Education $7.50 1 $7.50
Zen Doodling Mandala • AKJ Education $7.46 1 $7.46
Awesome Alphabets:Draw Your Own Letters • AKJ Education $7.32 1 $7.32
More Feelings in a Jar • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Drawing: Landscapes & Vistas Learn to draw an assortment of outdoor scenes-step by step • AKJ Education $4.70 1 $4.70
Human Body and Health: Inventive Exercises to Sharpen Skills • AKJ Education $3.99 1 $3.99
Extreme Logic Puzzles • AKJ Education $3.48 1 $3.48
Designs for Coloring: Optical Art Optical Art • AKJ Education $3.35 1 $3.35
A Coloring Book of Incas, Aztecs and Mayas • AKJ Education $2.59 1 $2.59

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