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Ms. Reynolds from Alpena MI is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Meaningful Mornings in First Grade

My students need engaging, educational games (storage boxes, building tiles, gears) to utilize morning tubs!

  • $597 goal

This project expired on November 3, 2017.

This project expired on November 3, 2017.

My Students

Students in my classroom live in a high-poverty small town in a rural area. The needs of these students today are vastly different than the needs of students in the past. Teachers in our building are finding that students today need more hands-on "alternative" learning experiences.

My students learn differently than any other group of students I've ever taught - they have a wide variety of needs that need to be met in a unique way.

Students in my classroom need playful, hands-on, manipulatives to fully engage in learning.

My Project

There is very little wiggle room in the school day. Students and teachers have a strict schedule they are mandated to stick to. Students in my building have about a 20 minute period in the morning meant for arrival, morning jobs, eating breakfast, and getting ready for the day. During this time, many students are given the boring assignment of bell work. Many educators today give students "bell work" (a worksheet or something similar) to keep students occupied in the morning.

I am looking for a more engaging and meaningful way to utilize this time with hands-on activities.

These activities will relate to our curriculum, while incorporating a play-based approached.

Each table will be given a tub for a week. Inside the tub could be the game of Uno to practice number recognition and promote social skills, a scale and counters to compare, measure, and count, or letter beads to string to practice sight words and build fine motor muscles.

Ms. Reynolds
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $31.62 3 $94.86
PicassoTiles 60 Piece Set 60pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards - Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational, Conventional • Amazon Business $39.96 1 $39.96
Gears! Gears! Gears! Gizmos Building Set • Amazon Business $36.15 1 $36.15
Bring the 10-frame concept to life with this interactive set of magnetic boards • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Rory's Story Cube Complete Set - Original - Actions - Voyages • Amazon Business $21.90 1 $21.90
Rainbow Link 'n' Learn Links, Bucket of 1000 • Amazon Business $20.25 1 $20.25
Make a Splash 120 Mat Floor Game, 136 Pieces • Amazon Business $19.61 1 $19.61
All About Me Family Counters • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Dive into Shapes! "Sea" and Build Geometry Set • Amazon Business $18.27 1 $18.27
MICHLEY Interlocking Builders Blocks Play Set for Child • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Set of 4 Classic Children's Card Games with 2 Hands-Free Playing Card Holders by Imagination Generation • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Brewster WPD90227 Wall Pops Stylin Green Dot, Set of 5 Stickers • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Primary Bucket Balance Teaching Scale • Amazon Business $12.02 1 $12.02
24 Clear Pockets Over The Door Hanging Shoe Organizer Non-woven Fabrics Hanging Organizer - Blue • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Eureka Tub Of Animal Counters, 100 Counters in 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" Tub • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Write & Wipe Fact Family Boards • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Three Bear Family Pattern Cards • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
Roylco R2186 Lowercase Manuscript Letter Beads (Pack of 288) • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
Baby Bear Counters (102 ct.) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Uno Card Game • Amazon Business $5.65 1 $5.65
Teacher Created Resources Foam Fraction Circles (20611) • Amazon Business $5.60 1 $5.60
Transparent Color Counting Chips, Set of 250 • Amazon Business $4.19 1 $4.19

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