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Mr. Hennes from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Music Magnified Through Children's Literature and Play

My students need books to support the music they are listening to and singing in class and hand puppets to engage with those stories and songs.

  • $299 goal

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My Students

I recently completed my seventh year of teaching, and I am constantly amazed by what my students are able to achieve. I currently teach in an urban school district where the majority of our students come from low-income families. My school has almost 800 students and we constantly have new students joining us. Our students face many challenges at home and in the classroom but at my school the teachers go above and beyond to help their students succeed.

In the music room, all of my students are able to flourish.

My kids sing, dance, play, and create on a daily basis. Students of all levels find success in music. If you walk into my classroom you will see a room filled with engaged students working collaboratively and supporting each other.

My Project

This project aims to stock the music room with literature and puppets that will make folk songs come to life. When I sing to my students, stories like Risseldy, Rosseldy and Over in the Meadow will be more engaging when paired with a picture book and animal hand puppets. Students will be able to use these materials to aid in their own singing. Students will also get to learn through play by using the hand puppets to help sing the songs and tell the stories.

All of my students love being read to and in music class those stories come to life on a deeper level through song.

John Feierabend, a leader in the field of music education, worked with artists to make music come to life through the picture books in this project. His materials are highly acclaimed by music educators all across the country and I would like for my students to have access to them to help further their music understanding and explore their creative sides through play.

Mr. Hennes
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
There Was a Man and He Was Mad (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Melissa & Doug Zoo Friends Hand Puppets (Set of 4) - Elephant, Giraffe, Tiger, and Monkey • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Father Grumble (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
My Aunt Came Back (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $16.07 1 $16.07
Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Hand Puppets (Set of 4) - Cow, Horse, Sheep, and Pig • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Frog and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.61 1 $15.61
The Derby Ram (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $15.57 1 $15.57
There's a Hole in the Bucket! (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.38 1 $14.38
Jennie Jenkins (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
The Tailor and the Mouse (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Risseldy, Rosseldy (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
The Crabfish (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Other Day I Met a Bear (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Momma, Buy Me a China Doll (First Steps in Music series) • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Over in the Meadow • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26

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