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Mrs. Wachs from McKeesport PA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Playing With a Story: Maker Space and Literacy Instruction

Help me give my students needed resources for maker’s space and literacy instruction.

  • $423 goal

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My Students

I am a fifth-grade reading teacher in a low-income school district. I teach over 100 students per day. My students are faced with challenges in and out of the classroom. Despite the many difficulties some face, they come to school eager to learn. They fill me with hope and pride. I need to provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.

Maker spaces within schools provide powerful contexts and opportunities for students to learn and develop new skills.

Storytelling is a type of making. Students shift from being passive learners to active, engaged creators, and inventors. Without a doubt, I believe that all students are capable of reaching their dreams.

My students love positive attention and thrive in my classroom where from the minute they walk in the door, I focus on their potential and growth. I let every student know that they are capable of great things. I cannot control their home lives, but I can certainly control their experience during the school day. I am that teacher who inspires and allows children to think about their future.

My Project

The maker’s movement encourages hands-on, open-ending learning and when creative dreaming and designing are intertwined with literacy instruction, students learn to “play with a story”. Students who often struggle in a traditional reading classroom can remix and focus on designing stories. There is no right way or wrong way to tell a story and with maker’s space materials and design, students expand on what a story is and are challenged to tinker with different approaches. Reading and writing take on a different feeling when students are engaged in free form exploration and building.

Mrs. Wachs
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gears! Gears! Gears!® Dizzy Fun Land™ Motorized Building Set • AKJ Education $43.79 1 $43.79
Gears! Gears! Gears!® Lights & Action Motorized Building Set • AKJ Education $43.79 1 $43.79
Get Connected to Digital Literacy (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $42.99 1 $42.99
Gears! Gears! Gears!® Movin' Monkeys™ Building Set • AKJ Education $36.49 1 $36.49
TG640 Magic Craft Noodles Set of 1500 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Mental Blox® 360° 3-D Building Game • AKJ Education $21.89 1 $21.89
BA9112 Pipe Stems Set of 1000 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $18.99 1 $18.99
I Have... Who Has... Academic Vocabulary - Grade 4-5 • Nasco $16.95 1 $16.95
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Story Time Dice - Scary Tales • Nasco $9.95 1 $9.95
Story Time Dice - Fairy Tales • Nasco $9.95 1 $9.95
Story Time Dice • Nasco $9.95 1 $9.95
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39

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