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Mrs. Howard from Port Angeles WA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Meeting ALL Students' Literacy Needs!

My students need dry erase boards, pencil pouches, magnetic letters and other supplies for small group literacy instruction and fine motor skill centers.

  • $460 goal

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My Students

Hello, I am Mrs. Howard, and I am embarking on my first year teaching adventure in Kindergarten! I am super excited to meet my students in the fall and give them the tools they need to succeed in their time with me.

A high percentage of students within my school have experienced trauma and poverty.

The school has around 400 students enrolled with over 55% receiving free and reduced lunch. This will make my task of building a safe and positive learning environment imperative to these students' success although there is little on hand for supplies.

My Project

If my project is funded, I will be able to build literacy and fine motor skill centers to engage students in differentiated learning activities based on their individual needs. I want them to achieve this through engaging and rigorous activities that can be customized for all learners.

The supplies I am seeking will meet the needs of ALL of my students by engaging them in learning through interactive and interesting small group instruction and centers.

Fine motor skill centers will engage young learners with interactive activities. Students will lace alphabetical and numerical beads onto pipe cleaners to increase fine motor skills. They will link letter cubes to support word building and fine motor skills. Students will work with written number identification, colors, or both by transferring pom poms with educational tweezers from one cup to another with their dominant hand. Students will practice life skills such as tying and buckling to increase fine motor skills, so I have included supplies for a center that assists in dressing themselves while building strong writing muscles! I have included organizational materials for centers that I will print such as zipper pencil pouches that are color-coded for different levels.

Materials such as magnetic whiteboards, pocket charts, and alphabetical magnets will ensure I am meeting all students' needs in literacy through mini-lessons and intervention. Word building with magnets is engaging for students, and whiteboard puzzle pieces can be used to build CVC words or short sentences. Centers with pencil boxes and sand are both engaging and dynamic for kinesthetic learners. Every material was chosen to have multiple uses and to grow with my kindergartners throughout the year. Thank you!

Mrs. Howard
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dowling Magnets 735206 Magnetic Dry Erase Boards - Double-Sided Ruled/Blank (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $19.99 4 $79.96
School Smart Jumbo Phonetically Color Coded Magnetic Letters and Numbers - 2 1/2 inches - Set of 214 - Blue and Red • Amazon Business $35.14 1 $35.14
1InTheoffice Pencil Box, Translucent Clear (4 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
BAZIC Bright Color 3-Ring Pencil Pouch w/ Mesh Window - 24 Pack • Amazon Business $28.49 1 $28.49
12 Reading Phones Auditory Feedback Whisper Phone Speech Therapy Read to Self • Amazon Business $26.98 1 $26.98
Carson Dellosa Venn Diagram Pocket Chart (158030) • Amazon Business $23.05 1 $23.05
Yoovi Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards - Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/set • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Carson Dellosa Key Education Write-On/Wipe-Off: 52 Puzzle Pieces with Writing Lines Manipulative (846038) • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
ETA hand2mind Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Linking Letter Cubes (Set of 82) • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Learning Resources Jumbo Tweezers Set Of 12 • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Xtreme Sand 3 Pound Box - 1/2 Pound Each Of 6 Classic Colors • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Trasfit 600 Pieces White Acrylic Alphabet Letter A-Z Cube Beads for jewelry making, Bracelets, Necklaces, Key Chains and Kids Jewelry (6mm) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
HoneyToys 240pcs 24 Colors Creative Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem 12 Inches x 6 mm,Pipe Cleaners for Arts and Crafts • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Honbay 30PCS Metal Number 0-9 Coin Spacer Beads 7x7mm Hole: 4.8mm • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Caydo 240 Pieces 1 Inch Pom Poms for Hobby Supplies and DIY Creative Crafts Decorations, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76

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