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Mrs. Mezzapelle from Portland ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mystery Boxes

Help me give my students an interactive way to explore new concepts and strengthen their cooperation skills.

  • $191 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Talk about energy! This first grade class is the most energetic group I have ever encountered in my ten years of teaching! They are full of life and love. It is my joy and privilege to be able to learn from these children.

When given the opportunity to work together, these students shine.

I see amazing ideas come from their collaboration. They are caring and kind individuals, always looking for ways to help each other.

Technology is another strength of theirs. They are engaged and able to focus for a good length of time when using learning websites or software.

My Project

Aliens have landed on Earth! Are they friend or foe? To find out, you need to unlock this box. All the answers are inside! Hurry! The world is depending on you!

The excitement in the room is palpable as students work together to solve this mystery.

They are given six clues. These clues are related to a content area of my choice. Each clue matches a lock and brings them one step closer to "saving the world"!

The locks we requested are different combination locks and padlocks with keys. They are working within a time limit to match clues with the various locks to open the box. The pressure is on; can they do it?

Imagine how engaging this activity can be. Instead of just putting a paper assessment in front of students, I am providing them with a hands-on, collaborative way to show their skills in any subject area.

These locks and boxes can be used repeatedly to support any learning content.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK23823383T 5-Dial Luggage and Briefcase Padlock 1-18H x 1-38W Shackle TSA Not Approved BlackSilver • Grainger $11.77 4 $47.08
TK23823384T Combination Padlock Resettable Side-Dial Location 78 Shackle Height • Grainger $8.10 4 $32.40
TK23822374T 3-Dial Luggage and Briefcase Padlock 78H x 38W Shackle TSA Not Approved BlackSilver • Grainger $4.45 4 $17.80
TK23822375T Lockout Hasp Snap-On Lockout Hasp Style Steel • Grainger $3.14 4 $12.56
TK23822373T Alike-Keyed Padlock Open Shackle Type 716 Shackle Height Brass • Grainger $0.80 4 $3.20

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