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Ms. Bajwa from Bakersfield CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

New Teacher ALERT!

Help me give my students a new classroom library and school supplies in order to enhance their learning experience.

  • $1,090 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students love to read books! For example, at the beginning of the year my students were having a difficult time reading books however when I asked students to choose a book they would want to read from Amazon, they became excited. I ordered the books for my students and they started to love to read. My students were excited about sharing what they read in their books when I had one-on-one conferences with them.

They are incredibly intelligent and thoughtful.

For example, they love to have discussions with their shoulder partners and the class as a whole. Once we played Jeopardy while reviewing the book, Night by Elie Wiesel, and they wrote their answers on whiteboards. The entire class was engaged and had fun with the whiteboards. My students get excited about learning and teaching one another. For example, my students participated in a Jigsaw Activity while reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Students were excited when they were placed in their home groups and became the experts of a particular chapter in the book. They love working collaboratively!

My Project

This will be my first year teaching and I am very excited! Working with a mentor teacher for the past year has shown me all the classroom supplies that I will need to supplment for my students. I learned that my students loved exit tickets on sticky notes, and I found magnetic dry eraser notes that can be reusable! I have also learned in this past year that a lot of my students were carrying loose paper in their notebooks, so I bought them folders to use. I was attempting to look for notebooks as well on Amazon, but I couldn't find any good ones. Since I am a new teacher, I am getting these school supplies as a first time buyer. Hence, that is why I have some supplies that I would need in order to run my class effectively.

Additionally, some of my student's favorite activities included collaborative work such as the Jigsaw activity, Philosophical chairs, and making a poster as a group.

The desk is for my students to work in collaborative groups. I plan on placing the desk in the middle of the classroom or towards the back, so that students have additional space to sit in. This is also a way for me to slowly move towards flexible seating in my classroom.

Lastly, I asked a few of my students to go on Amazon to look up books that they would love to read. I chose those books to build my new classroom library. I wanted to make my library student centered and really give them the choice of choosing the books. In order to improve literacy in Kern County, I want to make my classroom library the centered space for reading and writing.

Ms. Bajwa
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

21 donors have given to this project.

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mcSquares Stickies 4in x 4in -24 Pack- Reusable, Dry-Erase, Adhesive-Free Stickers. Never Buy Single Use Paper Sticky Notes Again! Now with Free Wet-Erase Tackie Marker! • Amazon Business $39.99 2 $79.98
Zinus Jennifer Modern Studio Collection Soho Rectangular Dining Table / Table Only / Office Desk / Computer Table, White • Amazon Business $75.20 1 $75.20
Expo Ultra Fine Point Dry Erase Markers - Ultra Fine Marker Point Type - 2 Boxes (24 Markers Total) • Amazon Business $34.95 2 $69.90
Brother PTD210 with TZe2312PK Tape • Amazon Business $39.97 1 $39.97
Smead Two-Pocket Heavyweight File Folder, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 50 per Carton (87863) • Amazon Business $16.27 2 $32.54
ARTEZA 3x3 Inches Sticky Notes, 48 Pads, 100 Sheets Per Pad, Bulk Pack, Assorted Colors, Re-Adhesive, Clean Removal, for Reminders, Studying, Office, School, and Home • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
Arteza Highlighters Set of 60, Bulk Pack of Colored Markers, Wide and Narrow Chisel Tips, 6 Assorted Neon Colors, for Adults & Kids • Amazon Business $25.49 1 $25.49
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator Machine • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Crisis On Infinite Earths • Amazon Business $21.38 1 $21.38
JARLINK Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-duty Helical Blade to Fast Sharpen, Auto Stop for No.2/Colored Pencils(6-8mm), USB/Battery Operated in School Classroom/Office/Home(USB/AC Adapter Included) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Trade Quest Plastic Clipboard Transparent Color Letter Size Standard Clip (Pack of 6) (Purple) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1 • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Supermarket • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, Box of 12 • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Post-it Pop-up Note Dispenser, Rose Gold, 3 in x 3 in, 1 Dispenser/Pack (WD-330-RG) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Best Titanium Scissors - 5 Pack - 8" Blade - (STRONG TITANIUM STEEL) - Comfortable Soft Handles in a Variety of Colors - Multi-Purpose Shears - Perfect for Cutting Paper, Fabric, Photos, & More • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Girl Who Lived: A Thrilling Suspense Novel • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Smead Cascading Wall Organizer, 6 Pockets, Letter Size, Gray/Bright Pockets (92060) • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Scotch Desktop Dispenser, Gold Elephant 3/4 in x 350 in (C43-ELPHT) • Amazon Business $12.47 1 $12.47
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Windfall • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $12.17 1 $12.17
Firbon A4 Paper Cutter 12 Inch Titanium Paper Trimmer Scrapbooking Tool with Automatic Security Safeguard and Side Ruler for Craft Paper, Coupon, Label and Cardstock (Black) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
BIC Wite-Out Brand EZ Correct Correction Tape, White, 10-Count • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 12 Count • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 7 Gram, 30 Count • Amazon Business $11.14 1 $11.14
AmazonBasics Letter Size Sheets Laminating Pouches 9 x 11.5in, 100-pack • Amazon Business $10.67 1 $10.67
The Sun Is Also a Star • Amazon Business $10.17 1 $10.17
Salt to the Sea • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Coofficer Extra Large Binder Clips 2-Inch (24 Pack), Big Paper Clamps for Office Supplies, Black • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
SKKSTATIONERY Earsers Set of 36, Pink Bevel Erasers. • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Upside of Unrequited • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Goodbye Days • Amazon Business $8.57 1 $8.57
In Cold Blood • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Girl Jacked • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Carve the Mark • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Ghost Files • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
The Edge of Everything • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
Floor Four • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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