Mrs. Thomas from Youngstown OH is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
My students need a special shelving unit and bins to hold their materials used for their creative thinking for STEM activities or art projects.
I am a current second grade teacher in a city school district with students that have goals in academics, however have limited resources in grasping them. Families in our community typically struggle to make ends meet. Seventy-nine percent of our students receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch plans daily, which is configured based on income.
In the past years, I have worked with many students coming from environments of lower socio-economic status which is often due to limited prior knowledge and accessibility to resources.
These students struggle with learning the way other students in the classroom may learn. Visual and hands on materials can assist in academic improvement and in forming connections. The use of videos can also encourage the building of vocabulary and about topics they have limited knowledge about due to not having opportunities to experience them.
Along with students of a lower socio-economic environments, I also work regularly with students of increased academic needs. These students can be on specialized plans that are set to meet their academic needs (IEP's) These students usually require special needs and with that, many times the information taught in the classroom needs to be introduced differently.
The excitement on my students' faces is invaluable when I tell them we doing an art project or science activity. This is the reason why I decided it was important for me to write a project that combines the arts and science. I want to create a Maker-Space, in my second grade classroom, which is an organized storage system full of tools, supplies, and other STEM materials for my students to be able to easily access for creative inspirations and learning extensions for both science and art.
Unfortunately, art has been eliminated as an instructional time/special for my students and with a Maker-Space bin storage unit we will have a space in our classroom that will offer access to materials that enable the creative thinking that is involved in every day instruction.
A Maker-Space can offer students a large assortment of materials for classrooms projects, such as STEM ones. For instance, our students just completed making ramps for cars to correlate to the standard of force and motion. They had specific requirements for the measurement piece of this activity however could use any materials that they felt would be effective in making a "fast track". If the materials were organized in a Maker-Space bin storage unit, the students can easily see, use, and create. This would be an area that would be greatly utilized in my classroom as well as aide in time effectiveness when doing projects.
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|BIN SHELVING 36 GRAY BINS IN ASST SIZES BLACK FRAME • School Specialty||$249.17||1||$249.17|
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