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Mrs. Freeze from Cahokia IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Read to Succeed!

My students need books and learning materials that are age appropriate and engaging, such as building sets and books with diverse subjects and characters.

  • $569 goal

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My Students

My students are 9th-12 graders who are inquisitive, engaged, and fun-loving. They are eager to relate what they learn to real-world issues. We have a variety of levels in our special education classroom, so it is important that my students have access to diverse, high quality materials at a variety of reading levels to support them in independent reading projects.

My students encourage one another to be their individual best.

My favorite memory from this year comes from a unit on education and graduation rates in our social skills class. First, we watched a Ted Talk on black excellence in the classroom. We then discussed statistics on graduation rates for African American students. My students had a lot of insight and inspiring words. Finally, we created a class poster with "I will" statements about what students were going to do to ensure they each make it to graduation. This poster will hang in my classroom for years to come as a reminder of our goals.

My Project

This project includes a variety of materials to help students engage with learning.

Half of the materials are books with diverse characters and subject matter that appeal to my students.

Every quarter, students complete an independent reading project, where they choose a book at their independent reading level to read and analyze independently. I have been impressed with the growth and engagement I've seen through these projects. When students are able to pick books they relate to and can read successfully, I see more engagement with the text. Some of them told me this year that they have never read a book independently! Imagine the success they feel when they experience joy while reading for the first time. I'm requesting copies of Dear Martin, Kanye West, Ghost Boys, The Hate U Give, Drake: Actor and Rapper, and the Night Fall series.

The other half of the project are building materials and games to encourage STEAM learning, such as LEGO Chain Reactions kits and a Snap Circuits Electronics Discovery Kit that we can use for science explorations. Every Friday we do experiments in science classes. Additionally, students take a social skills class every day where we often use games to practice real-world skills. These materials will provide opportunities for hands-on engagement and inquiry learning. Other requested activities include Jenga and Think Twice In a Jar. These materials will also be available for free time as choice items.

My students do best when they are in charge of their own learning and these materials will provide opportunities to engage and explore in a variety of ways. I am excited to see how these materials will enrich our learning experience!

Mrs. Freeze
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 9 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit • Amazon Business $39.87 1 $39.87
Frolk 118 Pcs. Magnetic Building Blocks/Tiles Set for 3D Construction for Kids Age 3+. Educational Toy for girls and boys. Hours of Fun! Comes with Plastic Storage Box and Premium Backpack. • Amazon Business $34.95 1 $34.95
LAUNCH! Rocket Science Kit with 18 Experiments (Ages 8+) • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering | Fun Educational Building Blocks Toy Set for Boys and Girls Ages 5 6 7 8 9 10 Year Old | Best Toy Gift for Kids | Activity Game Kit • Amazon Business $24.77 1 $24.77
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
On the Court with Kobe Bryant • Amazon Business $15.70 1 $15.70
Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
Melissa & Doug USA Map Floor Puzzle (51 pcs, 2 x 3 feet) • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
MasterPieces Glow in the Dark 4-pack Multipack 100 Piece Puzzles • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Kanye West (Hip-Hop Biographies) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Lil Wayne (Hip-Hop Biographies) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Chance The Rapper: Flying High to Success, Weird and Interesting Facts on Chancellor Johnathan Bennett! • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
AmazonBasics 3-Ring Binder, 1.5 Inch Rings - 4-Pack (White) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Jenga Classic Game • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
Hip-Hop High School • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Think Twice In a Jar® • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Drake: Actor and Rapper (Junior Biographies) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
The Skin I'm In • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Tyrell • Amazon Business $8.37 1 $8.37
The Combination (Night Fall) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Messages from Beyond (Night Fall) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Breakthrough (The Red Zone) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Somewhere in the Darkness • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Foul (Night Fall) • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
Kendrick Lamar: A Biography • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Justin #1 (Blacktop) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Street Pharm • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Choices In a Jar® • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Slam! • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
Maniac Magee • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Music Icons - R&B AND RAP Coloring Book: Adult Coloring Book Featuring ASAP Rocky, Chance The Rapper, Drake, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, Kanye West, ... & Blues And Rap Colour Therapy (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
I Am #12: Lebron James • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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