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Mr. Simko from Oakland CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Math and Reading Can Equal Fun & Games!

Help me give my students fun and interactive math and phonics games and high interest, award winning books to support their learning through independent discovery and guided instruction and exploration.

  • $1,058 goal

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My Students

I am a Resource Specialist at a high-poverty elementary school in Oakland, California. I teach students who need additional academic support due to learning disabilities. I teach students in grades K-5. My program and classroom provides these students with additional academic support in the areas of reading, writing, and math. I also work helping my students develop greater self-esteem and self-advocacy skills in the classroom.

I strive to make learning hands-on, engaging, and joyous.

My lessons utilize high student-interest topics, and build on the strengths of my students. I thoroughly enjoy working with the students at my school and am invested in helping them grow as learners and scholars.

My Project

These materials will make a difference in my classroom by providing my students with highly motivating and engaging methods of learning important reading and math skills. The math games will support students with learning and practicing basic math facts, multiplication, and fractions. These are difficult skills to master. Teaching them and reinforcing learning through games, will reduce the difficulty, and foster growth and success for my students with learning disabilities. The sight word games and phonics kits, will help my beginning readers to identify beginning, and ending sounds through a fun, visual, and interactive medium.

These games and books will allow my students to practice skills independently and in small groups.

This will allow me to dedicate more time to working 1:1 with my students who need the most interventions in the areas of math and reading.

The books I have selected promote diversity, and culturally relevant topics and themes that my students can identify with and learn from. The other books are award winning selections that I have enjoyed reading as a student and wish to share with my students. Please help support this project so I can increase the level of fun and games and joy in my classroom!

Mr. Simko
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP430X - Building Math Skills Playing Cards - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $169.00 1 $169.00
Caldecott Medal and Honors (6 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $43.35 2 $86.70
LL435X - Magnetic Sound Sorting Boards - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $85.00 1 $85.00
TT460X - Tower of Sight-Words Games - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
School Library Journal Best Books (6 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $34.38 2 $68.76
LL439 - Rhyming Sounds Magnetic Sorting Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination • AKJ Education $14.59 2 $29.18
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
TT433 - Fraction of the Pizza Game • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
My Name Is Bilal • AKJ Education $12.37 2 $24.74
A Bike Like Sergio's • AKJ Education $11.67 2 $23.34
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 3 $16.77
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Happy Like Soccer • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
JJ691 - Place Value Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
JJ394 - Addition Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
JJ395 - Subtraction Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
What Was the March on Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74

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