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Ms. Matko from Spring Valley IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Putting the A in S.T.E.A.M.

My students need basic supplies such as colored pencils, sharpeners, and glue to create projects to demonstrate their learning in ways other than traditional writing and worksheets.

  • $264 goal

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My Students

My students are like sponges soaking up and absorbing new material, but as 21st century learners, it is also my responsibility to help them create material as well.

The world needs more great scientists, and I plan to start them off on the right foot!

Entering middle school, this is the first time that many of my students have had science every day. While they are a little nervous at first, they quickly learn to love and get excited about our classroom activities and projects.

My Project

Introducing science to middle schoolers has to start somewhere, and while reading and writing are important, they aren't the first choice for most of the students in my classes. It is common for middle level aged students to struggle with getting their great ideas written down on paper, but they do have other ways of conveying what they know! Using art in the science classroom has been a great way to bridge a sometimes intimidating gap for students who are just starting to make sense of their world scientifically!

If all my students needed was a pencil to be prepared, then it wouldn't be a very fun classroom.

Though the colored pencils, sharpeners, and glue are pretty traditional classroom basics as well, they will help liven up our learning. They will help give students other ways to express what they know.

Ms. Matko
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GLUE STICK 1.27OZ PURPLE PACK OF 12 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $13.98 5 $69.90
SHARPENER PRISMACOLOR SCHOLAR • School Specialty $1.91 28 $53.48
PENCIL COLOR 7'' 3.3MM S/12 SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $0.90 56 $50.40

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