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Ms. Reed from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

New Books and Games for a New Year

My students need fun math, reading, and writing materials that will foster independence and confidence in learning! This includes books, dictionaries, and organizers.

  • $443 goal

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My Students

My students are incredible. They are second graders who come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds. They love to play, read, learn, and make each other (and their teacher) laugh every day! They bring enthusiasm and creativity to the classroom, often in spite of the anxiety that comes with an emotionally stressful life.

These kids have ambitious goals for their futures, but they have to work extra hard to get there.

In addition to working through considerable social and emotional stress, they are striving to learn all of their elementary content as well as the English language. Still, they never cease to amaze me with the growth they are able to make. I feel incredibly lucky to work with and learn from these kids and am constantly inspired by their determination.

My Project

As second graders, my students love to play and learn and are eager to prove their independence! For students like mine who are often dealing with emotional stress and extra responsibilities at home, it is especially important for them to have fun while learning at school as well as feel successful.

The variety of books would be used as both read-alouds and independent reading materials for students and were carefully selected based on the authors' lessons.

These books would teach the kids about showing kindness, managing feelings, resolving conflicts, taking risks, making mistakes, and taking pride in their culture and home language. These lessons are critical to building kids' confidence so that they can become courageous and independent both in and outside of school! Along with the books, there are poetry, writing, and math activities to serve a similar purpose.

Simple struggles such as not knowing what to do next or how to spell a word can derail a student's concentration and cause anxiety throughout the day. The books, plus student dictionaries and math games will solve this problem! The student dictionaries allow students to write with more fluency and collect their own "tricky" words to use in writing, and the math activities will be either review or challenge work for students who finish early or need more to do. All of this will surely help my second graders build confidence and have fun this school year!

Ms. Reed
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Funnylive Plastic 4 Compartments File Rack Paper Holder Desktop File Sorter Magazine Book Holder Organizer,Black • Amazon Business $13.99 6 $83.94
Poem of the Week Bundle • Teachers Pay Teachers $24.99 1 $24.99
Math Toothy Task Kits • Teachers Pay Teachers $20.00 1 $20.00
El día en que descubres quién eres (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Say Something • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Escuchando a Mi Cuerpo: Una guía para ayudar a los niños entender la conexión entre las sensaciones (¿qué diablos son?) y los sentimientos para que ... mejor lo que necesitan. (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Lola: Edición en español de ISLANDBORN (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Así me siento yo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Todos con Vanesa / I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Cool Down and Work Through Anger/Cálmate y supera la ira (Learning to Get Along®) (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Mind Bubbles: Exploring mindfulness with kids • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Student Writing Dictionary • Teachers Pay Teachers $10.00 1 $10.00
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73

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