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Ms. Cabreza from Milwaukee WI is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Get Focused

My students need brain puzzles to help them regain or maintain their focus in class and a shelf and mobile storage container to store these puzzles.

  • $497 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. —Benjamin Franklin

My students love to learn.

All of my students qualify for free lunch along with a majority of the school. My school is a kindergarten through eighth grade school, and my students are in sixth through eighth grade.

My students require Special Education services for a majority of the school day, so they are in a self-contained classroom for students with intellectual disabilities. My students have intellectual disabilities, and we practice life skills daily. We work on functional academic skills and vocational skills.

My students are beginning their transition into high school, and then adulthood. Middle school is a pivotal time with so many skills to learn and a limited amount of time. Our life skills lessons blend academic, daily living, and personal/social skills together.

My Project

Every student in our class requires special education. It is common for our students, especially our students with ADHD, to have difficulty maintaining their focus during class. There are times when the students are experiencing hyperactivity and the classroom staff helps the students with strategies to get themselves focused and ready to learn again. Taking walks will sometimes help the students. We also have some fidget toys that we can try using. Sometimes, that is not enough. Another strategy we could use is to give the students brain puzzles. These puzzles are effective tools for helping improve the brain of the students, including our students with ADHD.

I currently have two brain puzzles that I use to help the students regain their focus, but doing the same two puzzles over and over will lose its effectiveness, especially when we have students in our classroom for 2-4 years.

This project is to get some additional brain puzzle resources and a place to store these materials. In addition to the puzzles, the shelf and mobile compartment will give us additional classroom storage space to hold all of these materials. This will be our sensory shelf to place all of our current and new sensory related materials. These materials help the students with their health and wellness in the classroom.

Ms. Cabreza
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
STORAGE 5 COMPARTMENT MOBILE 30''H • School Specialty $193.87 1 $193.87
JJ618 - Classic Birch Tabletop Communication Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $89.99 1 $89.99
Magnetic Blocks Building Set Toys For Kids TOQIBO 76PCS Magnet Tiles Educational Building tiles Construction Toys For Boys Girls With Storage Bag • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
NextX Building Construction Toy 300 PCS Creative Plastic Engineering Toys 3D Puzzle Toys Educational Building Blocks For Kids • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Multicolor Pens - 12 Pack of 6-in-1 Retractable Ballpoint Pens - 6 Vivid Colors in Every Pen - Best for Smooth Writing - By Hieno • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
KINGOU Wooden Puzzle Magic Ball Brain Teasers Toy Intelligence Game Sphere Puzzles For Adults/Kids • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
3-in-One Wooden Puzzle Games Set - 3D Puzzles for Teens and Adults - Includes Wood Interlocking Blocks, Diagonal Burr, and Snake Cube in Storage Box by ShalinIndia • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
IQ Toys,EasyULT IQ Test Mind Game Toys Brain Teaser Metal Wire Puzzles Magic Trick Toy,Metal puzzle(8 Pack) • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59

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