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Mr. Young from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Puzzles Rise Above Language Barriers

My students need puzzles to solve to increase their brain activity.

  • $265 goal

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My Students

I have an inquisitive group of middle school students who love to see how and why things work. Many of them need help relating education to their "real" world. They do not yet see how education and problem solving will help them in the future because they are in the moment of now. My goal is to change their view of education and encourage problem solving.

Our school population is 95% Hispanic, with nearly 48% being English Language Learners (ELL).

Families and teachers prepare students for the pathway to college and career which is key for our students. The average income for residents within the school's zip code is significantly less than the state's average.

My Project

Working as a math teacher in a bilingual school, I have witnessed the detrimental effect a language barrier has on student success.

"Even though people speak different languages, puzzles seem to rise above culture-specific modes of understanding the world".

- Marcel Danesi, Ph. D.

Research has shown that solving puzzles increases brain activity and the ability to learn. I stress to my middle school students the need to persevere through problem solving. Unfortunately, a lot of the math we complete requires abstract thinking. With these puzzles, my students will journal their incorrect, and eventually correct, strategies for solving the puzzles.

Mr. Young
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monkey Pod Games Six Puzzle Gift Set • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
KINGOU 4 Pack Classical Wooden Puzzle Set Solution Rope Central Brain Teaser for Adults Game • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Mercurry IQ Toys, IQ Test Mind Game Toys Brain Teaser Metal Wire Puzzles Magic Trick Toy, Metal IQ Puzzle Set of 16 • Amazon Business $7.88 3 $23.64
IQ Test Toy, WOLFBUSH 6Pcs Ultimate IQ Test Metal Brain Teaser Puzzles Disentanglement Puzzles Toy • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
aGreatLife Wooden Cheese Lacing Toy for Toddlers - Kids Travel Toys for Plane - 100% Smooth Finish Brainstring Brain Teaser - Perfect For Enhancing Fine Motor and Problem Solving Skills • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
IQ Challenge Set by GamieUSA - 7 Pcs Kids Educational Toys for 5 Year Olds - Highly Stimulating Brain Teasers - Challenging Mental Exercises for Sharp Young Minds - 100% Child Safe • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Speed Cube, Vamslove Kids Toys 4x4x4 Smooth Brain Teaser Puzzle Turns Quicker Smart Magic Cube, Best Easter Basket Stuff Birthday Christmas Gifts Toys for 2 3 4 5 6 + Years Old Kids Boys Girls Adults • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
BOX Hanayama Cast Metal Brain Teaser Puzzle (Level 2) • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Solid Wood Brain Teasers - 7 Different Brain Busters • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
ENIGMA Hanayama Cast Metal Brain Teaser Puzzle (Level 6) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
3-in-One Wooden Puzzle Games Set - 3D Puzzles for Teens and Adults - Includes Wood Interlocking Blocks, Diagonal Burr, and Snake Cube in Storage Box by ShalinIndia • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Two Lovers String Rope Ring Puzzle - Wood IQ Brain Teaser Mind Game • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
12 Pc Fun Puzzle Ball Brain Teaser Puzzle Game Toy for Party Favors by Oojami • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79

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