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Ms. Lopez from Los Angeles CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making ELA Accessible Through Books, Art, and Fidget Toys

My students need creative ways of learning. Since there is no art program currently at my school, I want to incorporate small art projects into my class by using watercolor crayons, crayons, and scratch pads.

  • $533 goal

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My Students

As a new teacher, I have yet to meet my students. However, I have walked on campus and seen the community that exists between students, teachers, and faculty. Our students are energetic, outgoing and eager to learn.

They deserve an amazing education as well as the resources needed in order to succeed.

Their success should not be determined by their circumstances or living situation. Rather, the students deserve the opportunity and necessary tools to be the best that they can be and reach their full potential. I am confident that this journey is rooted in education.

My school is based in Los Angeles in an under-resourced community. Over 90% of our students are eligible for free or discounted lunch. My students need books that interest them, fidget toys to help them concentrate, and fun ways to learn so that they stay engaged with the material. My goal is to differentiate the material to make the content accessible to all my students to ensure their academic success.

My Project

As a new teacher, my classroom is empty and I cannot provide my students all the materials they need to thrive. My students need a fun, accessible way to learn so that they stay motivated and engaged with the material.

Providing my students with alternative approaches to learning through art, fidget toys, and other accessible learning methods will help them better understand and be more receptive to the English content that they will be learning.

They need basic school supplies like pencils, erasers, notebooks, highlighters, etc. to apply their knowledge and help them succeed in the classroom. They also need a creative outlet when learning so that they can express themselves artistically and in other ways. Oftentimes, these students lack elective courses in their schedules, which is why the inclusion of art in this class is so important and crucial to their creative exploration. This approach will help create a more inclusive learning environment by making the material more engaging and accessible, whether it be through art, a vocabulary wall, or a quick white board recall game.

Ms. Lopez
Grades 6-8
  • Animo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School
  • Los Angeles, CA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mead Composition Books/Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", 12 Pack (72936) • Amazon Business $19.99 3 $59.97
Crayola Crayons 24 Colors(Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $16.98 2 $33.96
Sargent Art 22-1136 Artist Quality 36 Premium Watercolor Crayons • Amazon Business $24.63 1 $24.63
12 Dry Erase Lapboards with Markers & Erasers | 9 x 12 inch Large Whiteboard | Premium White Board Set | Great for Kids, School Teachers, Students, Children, Classroom | ( 12 Pack Lap Boards ) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy Duty Pencil Sharpener with Built-in Pencil Holder, Fast Sharpen in 4 Seconds, Perfect for No.2 and Colored Pencils, School Home Office Use(Power Adapter Included) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
50 Piece Rainbow Scratch Paper - 4 Wooden Styluses Included - Create Rainbow Scratch Art With This Jumbo Craft Pack • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Zongsi 20 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle-Relieves Stress and Increase Focus Bundle Sensory Twisted Squeeze Fidget Toys Set for Kids ,Adults and ADHD Anxiety Autism. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Sharpie Chisel Tip Tank Style Highlighter, Fluorescent Yellow - Pack of 36 (1920938) • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Schoolworks 153520-1004 Blunt Kids Scissors Classpack of 12, 5 Inch • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Neenah Cardstock, 8.5"x11", Heavy-Weight, White, 94 Brightness, 300 Sheets (91437) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mesh Squishy Ball (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
The Last Kids on Earth • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
AmazonBasics File Folders - Letter Size (100 Pack) – Manila • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Giver (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Stargirl (Stargirl Series) • Amazon Business $8.93 1 $8.93
HOOMIL Resistance Bands Exercise Loops - Set of 5, Workout Flexbands for Fitness Yoga Stretching Physical Therapy Home Equipment Training for Women Men with Carry Bag • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
AmazonBasics Sticky Notes - 1 3/8" x 1 7/8", Assorted Colors, 18-Pack • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Smile • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
3M Scotch #35 Electrical Tape Value Pack (10457NA) • Amazon Business $6.73 1 $6.73
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96

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