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Ms. Thorne from Oakland CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Promoting Self-Aware Students for a Calmer Classroom

Help me give my students Hear Myself Sound Phones to become aware of their voice levels.

  • $231 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My class is diverse, curious, intelligent and extremely active! Their favorite activities include reading the book Wonder, participating in math number talks, studying mealworms and running relay races. As class at a Title 1 school in Oakland, we build community as we eat breakfast together every morning.

Most of my students are from Oakland, but their families come from all around the world.

Over 2/3 of my 28 students are bilingual as they speak another language besides English at home. Many of my students walk to school every day and have siblings in our school.

My Project

My students love group work, but have not mastered using an appropriate voice level. As a result of this and having 29 of us in one classroom altogether, the volume gets very loud each time we do group or partner work. Thus, a few students usually seek corners of the classroom to find a slightly quieter place to work, or cover their ears.

I have borrowed one hear yourself phone from another teacher and my students both love it and it works in reducing their voice level.

The phone is essentially and empty tube and works by acting as a sound chamber: the sounds from one’s voice goes directly to one’s ear. Thus, if students talk louder than an appropriate indoor voice, the sound is too loud for their ears, training them to talk quieter.

The phone is also useful during independent reading for students who like to read out loud. The phone helps students talk quieter so they don’t distract their neighbors who are also reading.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EE539 - Hear Myself Sound Phone - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 3 $149.97

Materials cost

$149.97

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$13.72

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$195.94

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$34.58

Total project goal

$230.52

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$230.52

3 Donors

-$121.69

Donations toward project cost

-$110.94

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$10.75

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.83

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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