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Ms. Johnson from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Organization Is Key

My students need a storage unit to organize our class manipulatives.

  • $399 goal

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My Students

Where's Waldo? Have you seen the cover of that book? Just as it is difficult to find Waldo amongst the hundreds of other people, it's just as challenging for me in my classroom to find the necessary teaching tools and manipulatives for instruction. I'm searching forever.

My third grade students are highly energetic and hard working.

They came to me with a solid foundation and have already demonstrated that they are up for the challenges they will face this school year. Most of them are diligent in turning in their homework and are actively engaging in classroom instruction. My new third grader students possess a strong sense of awareness of the world around them. And, I am most impressed that despite the high poverty and crime community they live in, they are quite happy children. In a class discussion about community a student said," I live in a community where they shoot kids and rob houses, but I love my school and my teachers." My students come to school regularly and they get to be kids. They learn, play, fight, laugh, cry, and grow.

My Project

The benefit of having a storage unit is organization. I have so many manipulatives and teaching tools with very little organizational space. Right now everything is in large blue bins with several labels in permanent black marker on them that reflect the changes over the years. I try really hard to keep it all together, but with every passing year it gets more challenging. There are more demands and less time. There is already a shortage of time no matter how early I get to work or how late I stay and it gets nerve wrecking looking for things over and over. But, once things are stored in this organizer, time is saved and we will have more time to focus on "real" educational stuff. Having all of our materials and manipulatives organized in designated areas will allow me to say, "Table 1, get a calculator from the basket marked calcultors and do the problems on the board".


Right now our materials are everywhere. Teachers already have very little time and organization is definitely key in managing the time we do have. I would love to just have a place to store materials and manipulatives that accommodates the diverse needs of my students. When teaching a lesson on parts and wholes, we could just go the basket labeled fraction tiles. This saves valuable time and is easily accessible to me and the students.

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Ms. Johnson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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JJ793 - Classic Birch Big Baskets Storage Unit • Lakeshore Learning $299.00 1 $299.00

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