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Mrs. P. from Arthur IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Space 4 Maker Spaces

Help me give my students fun, engaging learning tools to enhance their learning and ignite their curiosity!

  • $551 goal

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My Students

We are on the downward side our last half of the 2018-19 school year! The students become more and more restless as time goes by on. We are a small rural community in central Illinois with a fair amount of students ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade.

I'm the Library Aide who as classrooms visiting the library every day of the week.

I see all ages and grade levels, even children with special needs and all are crazy about their library!! I try to make it as happy, fun and enjoyable as I can afford to with a very limited budget..."ZERO"!

I have given students stacking stools, cozy chairs, floor pillows, "Flip" sequin pillows, and few stuffed animals just to create a more relaxed atmosphere. But there is always a few students that want to do something else during this time slot.

My Project

"Maker Spaces" Exactly what are Maker Spaces you ask !!? To be quite honest, I didn't know anything about them either until a couple of years ago until I happened upon a librarian's blog and began reading more and more about them every day and how they are helping to engage students in learning by doing fun activities in the library.

Statistics show us over and over again, we all learn better visually, by doing or seeing.

Maker spaces are little stations set up in school classrooms and/or libraries to help students learn more easily, by doing.

As you can see by the list of learning toys/gadgets I have chosen, it has a wide variety of diverse activities for students to experiment with at all ages and all learning levels. My plan includes a Lego wall, Lady Bug farm, Marble Tower building, and Viewmaster viewing.

Mrs. P.
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Strictly Briks Classic Stackable Baseplates 10" x 10" Building Brick Base Plates 100% Compatible with All Major Brands | Baseplates for Building Towers, Tables, and More! | 4 Black Baseplates • Amazon Business $16.99 6 $101.94
EXERCISE N PLAY Large Pack Regular Colors 1000 Pieces Building Bricks Toy Compatible with All Major Brands • Amazon Business $22.99 4 $91.96
Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set - 100 Complete Pieces + Free Instruction App (85 Translucent Marbulous Pieces + 15 Glass Marbles) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Insect Lore World of Eric Carle, The Grouchy Ladybug Growing Kit with Voucher • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
LEGO 3-Piece Organizer Cubes • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
VIEW-MASTER VIEWMASTER 21 3D images DISCOVERY KIDS Dinosaurs marine safari NEW • Amazon Business $23.94 1 $23.94
Insect Lore Live Baby Ladybug Larvae - Ladybug Growing Kit REFILL with Ladybug Life Cycle Toy Figurines - SHIP NOW • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Lego Compatible Baseplates 10" x 10" in Blue and Green, Works with Major Brick Building Sets, Wonderful Plate for Kids (6 Pcs) • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Marble Genius Booster Set (Add-On Set - 20 Marbulous Marble Run Toy Pieces) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Marble Genius Marble Run Space Sounds Lights & Sounds Accessory Set + Free App • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Marble Genius Marble Run Wacky Sounds Lights & Sounds Accessory Set + Free App • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Marble Genius Automatic Chain Lift - Marble Run Accessory Add-On Set • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
View-Master Experience Pack National Geographic: Wildlife • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
View Master Refills Discovery Kids Marine Life • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45

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