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Mrs. Dorrance from Cedar Rapids IA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Play Based Action Time

Help me give my students play based materials to help meet SEB learning goals.

  • $396 goal

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My Students

I have some of the most amazing second graders around. They are inquisitive, creative, kind, hardworking students. We are in our fifth year as a STEAM Magnet school. My students love having learning at their fingertips. They have high expectations for themselves and others. They are the future and I know they will accomplish greatness, each in their own way.

Play-based learning is proven to help students work collaboratively and support each other in their learning goals.

The majority of my students are in low income, single-parent households. Their primary source of learning and exploring happens within the walls at our school. We are trying to expand our experiences within the classroom, as well as outside the classroom, with experiences to enrich their learning outside textbooks and worksheets. I also work hard to have diverse materials in my classroom that represent the cultural differences represented in our class.

My second graders are a team that works​ together to support each other on their academic journeys. I am proud to come to work each day and see their minds explode with questions and hope all of their dreams come true.

My Project

As a kindergarten through second-grade team at a STEAM Magnet school, we are incorporating play-based learning into our daily schedule. All K-2 students will be participating in this play-based learning. It will also help them reach their Future Ready Learners/Employability Skills magnet standard 4.

The Legos, circuits, IQ Builder, electric current maze, letter tiles, and cash register provided in this Donors Choose will allow my students the opportunity to choose from a variety of play based guided activities during our STEAM brain time.

The Legos, circuits, building tools, and cash register will be able to be used for a variety of activities and lessons. These items will be used to create, invent, explore, explain, and inspire students in my class. I chose the items for this grant so they could be used in collaborative groups or on an individual basis and ones that can be used over time in various applications. These tools can also be incorporated into our other magnet standards as well as make connections to our Common Core Standards. Many of the students in my school do not have access to play based games and activities at home. These tools will help them learn how to use play as a form future ready learning.

Mrs. Dorrance
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 Building Toys for Creative Play; Kids Creative Kit (484 Pieces) • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Community Minifigure Set for Role Play by LEGO Education • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register [Standard Packaging] • Amazon Business $32.49 1 $32.49
Play Platoon 1100 Piece Building Bricks Kit with Wheels, Tires, Axles, Windows and Doors Pieces - Classic Colors - Compatible with All Major Brands • Amazon Business $30.95 1 $30.95
ThinkFun Circuit Maze Electric Current Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up - Toy of the Year Finalist, Teaches Players about Circuitry through Fun Gameplay • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Top Blocks Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.77 1 $24.77
Snap Circuits Beginner Electronics Exploration Kit | Over 20 STEM Projects | 4-Color Project Manual | 12 Snap Modules | Unlimited Fun • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
dreambuilderToy Upgrade Stackable Building Base Plates- Baseplate 10" x 10" in Variety Color, Compatible with All Major Brands (6PC Mixed) • Amazon Business $15.80 1 $15.80
ZHX Garden Park Building Block Parts Botanical Scenery Accessories Plant Set Building Bricks Toy Trees Flowers Compatible All Major Brands • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Sunnyglade 500PCS Wood Letter Tiles/ Wooden Scrabble Tiles A-Z Capital Letters for Crafts, Pendants, Spelling • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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