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Ms. Teslich Haaverson from San Ramon CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literary Jenga Learning Fun

Help me give my students the game of Jenga in order to study and engage in literary books and academic conversations

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My Students

I am inspired by my students every day. They remind me of how much I love learning as they are excited to be in the classroom discussing literature and how to be in the world. They have brilliant ideas and stand up for what they believe in. Students are friendly, honest, and aspire to do well, putting their best effort into class daily. There has never been a day I have come to work that a random student has not held a door open for me, and there is always a smile to be found on students’ faces. My school is fantastic because of the students who fill it.

My students are excited to have thoughtful discussions about literature and how it relates to the world around them.

They are not afraid to make mistakes and take chances. They are learning to be in charge of their own life and question the world and everything around them. They are amazing and I am lucky to be a small part of their journey in life, as I know they will continue to do incredible things in the world. If they are the future, then we all have a bright one ahead.

My Project

I have spent the last few years putting together a wonderful Literature Circle Reading unit where students have more choice in what they read and get to collaborate with other students who want to read the same book. From this unit, I have students who have never completed a novel, now finding enjoyment in reading and finishing books; actually wanting more! I recently came across a wonderful lesson plan that I would like to implement as part of the unit, however, it requires the game of Jenga.

Please help me engage students in learning and conversations while having fun playing Jenga.

I would be writing different questions on each Jenga piece that involve deep, thoughtful, conversations about the chosen literature book. Students would pull a piece while playing the regular game of Jenga and need to complete the task given on the piece with their group. Questions on the Jenga pieces range from recalling information to help students study (such as, “Who is the protagonist of the novel? Describe his/her features and characteristics”), to apply and analyze information, (“Choose an instance of conflict that exists in the novel. Write a 5 line poem about the conflict.”) to finally evaluate and create (“Create a list of 3 questions you would ask the author if you had the opportunity”). Students would love studying and talking together in their group through this game. Please help me make it a reality this year! I appreciate any support you can give towards learning this year, as students had a very hard time last year and anything I can do to make this year better will go a long way.

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Jenga Classic Game • Amazon Business $12.39 7 $86.73
Jenga Game Wooden Blocks Stacking Tumbling Tower Kids Game Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $18.19 1 $18.19

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