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Ms. Connell from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy and STEM in the Middle School Classroom

My students need STEM related picture books and supplies to develop a growth mindset in class.

  • $378 goal

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My Students

I teach at a 4th-8th grade charter school in Milwaukee. Our school has over 800 students of which 96% are receiving free or reduced-price lunch. I have a high number of English Language Learners in my classroom.

Within my Project Lead the Way class, I teach all 5th and 6th grade students and have an elective class for 7th and 8th graders.

Project Lead the Way is a project-based curriculum that allows students to explore math and science in a different way than their regular classroom. Students are faced with real-world problems which they are expected to work collaboratively to solve. The class also allows them to be creative by using the engineering design process.

My Project

In my engineering classroom, I often give my students fun challenges to complete to keep their excitement for STEM going. With supplies like Legos, Magaformers, and other everyday materials like straws and pipe cleaners, my students can use their imagination to build and create. By pairing STEM challenges with literacy, I am able to help improve students' vocabulary and reinforce growth mindset in my classroom.

Picture books are an excellent way to grow students' love of reading while instilling them with important messages.

I plan to corporate more literacy in my classroom and pair them with STEM challenges that allow students to be creative and innovative in a new way. Each book connects to an activity that allows students to work together to solve a problem.

With these materials, my students will continue to develop creative ideas and the idea that there is no wrong answer to a problem if you continue to work hard.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magformers Standard Set (62-pieces) • Amazon Business $54.95 1 $54.95
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $48.00 1 $48.00
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $27.05 1 $27.05
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.70 1 $16.70
3 Pack Duct Tape, tear by hand design, silver, strong 7.3mil thickness, designed for home and office use with commercial grade strength, 60 Yard Length, 180 Total Yards • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
9 Pack 0.94'' Masking Tape, Easy peel, tear, and stick design,White, 60 yards Length, 540 Total Yards • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
I Wanna New Room • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What To Do With a Box • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
300 Pcs Pipe Cleaners - Craft Supplies Chenille Stem by BellaBetty (6 mm x 12 Inch, Assorted Colors) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Perfect Square • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
LEGO Classic Green Baseplate Supplement • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Drinking Straws, 250 Count BPA-Free Multi-Colored Disposable Straws, Assorted - DuraHome • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87

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