My students need hands-on materials like a talking microscope and measurement center to promote math, science, literacy, and social studies concepts.
Camden, NJ has been ranked as America's most dangerous city. The majority of the students in my class receive free or reduced-price lunch. Despite the challenges my students face living in this environment, they come to school eager to learn and grow. For many students, school is their safe place, and I want to create the best environment possible for them to feel safe, secure, and cared for. They are the future of this city and have the potential to improve their community.
We are required by the state to have specific materials accessible in the classroom for the students to ensure a high quality environment. While I was given a small budget from the district it was not enough to obtain all of the essential materials.
These materials will engage the students through play while promoting the content areas of math, literacy, science, and social studies.
The cash register will be in the dramatic play area and encourage students to count, add, and subtract while engaging in pretend play. The talking microscope and measurement center will be added to the discovery area and encourage students to observe natural objects while weighing, measuring, and sorting. The rhyming match ups will be added to the library and encourage students to recite rhyming words and generate additional rhymes with teacher facilitation. The puzzle set will be added to the toys and games center but also open discussion about diversity.
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