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Ms. Burt from Salt Lake City UT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Math Games, Animal Books, and Social Skills With Our First-Grade Buddies!

Help me give my students the cooperative and strategic learning and organizational tools needed for their successful exploration of classic games as they practice math, science, language, leadership, and collaborative skills.

  • $1,145 goal

This project expired on February 3, 2019.

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My Students

My fifth graders are eager and excited learners. They are a group of at-risk students who have not had many advantages in social, emotional, or academic arenas. Despite their personal circumstances, they come to school every day excited and ready to learn, explore, and collaborate with their peers.

The students in my inspiring community of learners desire to do their best academically as they also practice empathy and integrity (two of the guiding principles in our classroom) in their daily interactions.

Language and learning barriers are plentiful, but each day students help each other succeed. One of my favorite instances is when one student sees that another is having trouble understanding a concept in English and instantly, using their common language, whispers a translation or a better cultural explanation to the non-understanding student.

My Project

At least once a week my students invite a first-grade class to our room to play math games. This is play that is serious learning, in disguise! Game playing (non-screen) is something my students have little to no experience in. Over 80% of my students are not grade-level proficient, so one might wonder ... why spend time on play?

When students are immersed in rigorous, team-building, and strategic play activities they are engaged, and when they are engaged they learn best.

One day in class I made reference to the childhood classic card game, Go Fish. None of my students knew what I was talking about, so that night I bought a few decks of face cards at a thrift store and taught them to play the next day. Their delight was palpable, as was their confidence, in the new skills necessary for this simple game, formerly unknown to them.

Each game I have requested uses talents in academic areas that they are just beginning to find in themselves. My students have a lot going against them in their personal and learning lives. A side benefit to these weekly game sessions is that by becoming familiar with classic games such as Trouble, Checkers, Uno, Dominoes, their ability to interact and not always be social outsiders increases greatly.

Mostly, learning a variety of games increases their thinking, teamwork, and socialization.

As you look over the list of games, I hope it will be obvious what each selection's purpose is. You may wonder about some of the non-game supplies I have requested. The sheet protectors are for game instructions and the tubs are for keeping the games safe to protect your generous investment in learning. The chairs are for quadrant leaders, who will answer questions and encourage fair play.

Thank you.

Ms. Burt
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learniture Active Learning Chair/ Stool, 18" H, Black, LNT-3046-18BK • Amazon Business $74.57 1 $74.57
Learniture Active Learning Chair/Stool, 18" H, Red, LNT-3046-18RD • Amazon Business $69.06 1 $69.06
Learniture Active Learning Chair/Stool, 18" H, Blue, LNT-3046-18BL • Amazon Business $65.43 1 $65.43
IRIS 12 Quart Stack & Pull Box, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Learniture Active Learning Chair/Stool, 18" H, Green, LNT-3046-18GN • Amazon Business $55.92 1 $55.92
IRIS TB-28 Stack and Pull Box, 31.75 Quart, Clear with Black Handle, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $47.98 1 $47.98
Hasbro Trouble Game • Amazon Business $8.77 5 $43.85
ZAP!® Learning Game • Amazon Business $8.20 5 $41.00
Hasbro Guess Who? Classic Game • Amazon Business $9.97 4 $39.88
Arizona GameCo GO Fish Untamed Oceans - Go Fish, Old Maid, Slap Jack and War - Play 4 Classic Card Games for Kids with 1 Single Deck • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
Crazy Eights Illustrated Card Game by Imagination Generation • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
Arizona GameCo GO Fish Untamed America - Go Fish, Old Maid, Slap Jack and War - Play 4 Classic Kids Card Games with 1 Single Deck • Amazon Business $6.79 5 $33.95
SET Enterprises Five Crowns Card Game • Amazon Business $11.00 3 $33.00
Asmodee Spot It! Jr. Animals • Amazon Business $7.99 4 $31.96
Double Six Wooden Dominoes by Pressman Toys • Amazon Business $6.26 5 $31.30
Set Mini Round Card Game • Amazon Business $7.56 4 $30.24
Animal Safari 3-in-1: GO FISH and Old Maid Card Game • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Mattel Games UNO Card Game • Amazon Business $4.99 6 $29.94
Pressman Toy Checkers Folding Board Game-1 Pack • Amazon Business $4.79 6 $28.74
SKIP BO Card Game • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Sand Timer 6 Colors Hourglass 1/3/5/10/15/30 minutes Sandglass Timer Sand Clock for Kids Games Classroom Kitchen Home Office Decoration (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Mattel Games Blink – The World’s Fastest Game! • Amazon Business $5.75 3 $17.25
Phase 10 Card Game Styles May Vary • Amazon Business $4.99 3 $14.97
Samsill Standard Weight Non-Glare Sheet Protectors, Box of 100, Acid Free & Archival Safe, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Top Load • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Who Would Win?: Battle Royale • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
Tarantula vs. Scorpion (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Who Would Win? Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Whale vs. Giant Squid (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.81 1 $3.81
Who Would Win? Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Who Would Win? Lion vs. Tiger • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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