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Mrs. Prochaska from Ames IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Putting Stem in Our Hands

My students need STEM building materials like plank builders and construction toys, pens and paper.

  • $294 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Kids just want to have fun! Kindergarten students don't want worksheets and flashcards, they want their learning experiences to be fun and engaging at their developmental level. With the push of more difficult curriculum and learning standards in kindergarten, I am determined to keep our learning fun and active!

My students come to school with very diverse needs in their school readiness skills.

Some can't identify a number or a letter of the alphabet, while some begin Kindergarten with the experience of preschool and are ready to explore the curriculum at a deeper level. I have 25 students who are five and six-years-old in a full day kindergarten classroom. Our school is considered "high poverty" due to our large percentage students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.

My Project

Young children learn best when they are excited and interested about the learning in their classroom. My goals are to use these STEM resources to provide quality experiences with developmentally appropriate activities to stimulate the wide range of young learners in my classroom. These plank builders and interlocking builders will allow my students to explore concepts like chain reactions, magnetism, and motion by providing opportunities to practice their design and problem solving skills. I plan to use these Geostix and shape builders to integrate more science and math into my curriculum in a way that is fun and inspiring for my students. We will have so much fun using the building materials to solve problems like making a stronger house for the Three Little Pigs or discovering what will make the fastest ramp for our balls. The manipulatives, materials and activities provided in this project will allow for more successful learning experiences by providing my students with the meaningful and stimulating interactions they need during their critical stages of early concept development. The pens and paper are needed to document our construction and learning. I thank you in advance for your support of my kindergarten classroom and our young learners.

Mrs. Prochaska
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fat Brain Toys Mini Squigz • Amazon Business $19.95 2 $39.90
BR569 - Clip & Create Builders • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
GS364 - Geostix® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
DB251 - Playstix® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
Paper Mate 8410152 Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Blue, 12-Count • Amazon Business $7.98 3 $23.94
TOPS 63116 Prism Plus Colored Legal Pads, 8 1/2 x 11 3/4, Pastels, 50 Sheets (Pack of 6 Pads) • Amazon Business $9.32 2 $18.64
EMIDO 480 Pcs Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle , Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
SHAWE 100 PC Interlocking Building Set -Fine Motor Skills- Children Imaginations Run Wild -Build Unlimited Shapes -Safe Kids Material • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 6 Pack (1897861) • Amazon Business $5.94 2 $11.88

Materials cost

$202.31

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$13.86

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.03

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$249.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$43.98

Total project goal

$293.18

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$293.18

1 Donor

-$136.63

Donations toward project cost

-$135.33

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.30

match offer

-$133.97

Match offer toward project cost

-$113.87

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$20.10

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$22.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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