My students need animal figures, mirrored blocks, rainbow blocks, magnetic blocks, and a marble run to assist with becoming engineers in the block center.
I work in a Title I school in a small community with an amazing group of eighteen kindergarten students and their families. I say families as well because I truly believe in educating the families as well as the students.
"Children should leave each day with a smile on their face and a story in their heart!" Author unknown.
The school I work in has had a lot of turnover with staff during the last couple of years, and some of that has to do with the dynamics of the area but also within our community. Working with these families truly makes you go the extra mile to help the families and students have a better life when they walk through your classroom door.
Many of my students are English Language Learners, from single family homes, no pre-school background, and their families struggle to make ends meet. Incorporating activities and engaging learning opportunities in my classroom that follow students home is one of my goals when families have me, as their teacher.
Planning, creating, building, bringing culture into the classroom, building community relationships, and learning through block play: Students will use gross motor skills and spatial awareness while developing creative thinking and language development as they build structures using the magnetic blocks, mirrored and rainbow blocks. Use of our STEM architecture books would assist with replicating buildings and bridges, landmarks and such with the use of animals figures (polar animals, artic animals, safari animals, farm animals, puppy and kitties) and matchbox cars students would develop language skills and increase community awareness through imaginative play. Higher-level thinking questions such as: What part of the structure or marble run should we start making first? What materials do you think were used to build the structure? Extension activities in other core academic areas could include math—geometry, weight and measurement, science—force and motion, literacy—language development, and art—design.
Students will have the opportunity to become architects while building language, creativity and community relations while learning through block play.
Students will get to see first hand what an architect has to do to plan out their masterpieces. Students will be working together, independently, in groups to build and create structures of their own or from a Structures/Castle Book that I've created with images from all over the world and their location.
You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.
Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Pitts is requesting.See our finances
|Magformers Basic Set (62-pieces) Magnetic Building Blocks, Educational Magnetic Tiles, Magnetic Building STEM Toy • Amazon Business||$69.99||1||$69.99|
|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||2||$69.90|
|Guidecraft Rainbow Blocks - Sand, Kids Learning & Educational Toys, Stacking Blocks • Amazon Business||$34.95||1||$34.95|
|Guidecraft Mirror Blocks Set - 10 Pcs. Kids Learning & Educational Toys, Stacking Blocks • Amazon Business||$30.94||1||$30.94|
|Hot Wheels 24-Car Random Assortment Party Pack 2014 and Newer • Amazon Business||$27.99||1||$27.99|
|Learning Resources Farm Animals Counters, Set of 60 • Amazon Business||$22.74||1||$22.74|
|Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack (Styles May Vary) • Amazon Business||$19.48||1||$19.48|
|Beebeerun Marble Run Set 105 Pcs, Construction Toys for Kids, 75 Building Blocks + 30 Toys Game Toys for 4 5 6 7 Year Old Boy • Amazon Business||$18.99||1||$18.99|
|Joyjam Gifts for 4-5 Year Old Boy, Alloy Die-cast Toy Vehicles Gift Set Construction Vehicles Excavator Erector Toys for 6 Year Old Boys. • Amazon Business||$14.95||1||$14.95|
|Toymany 10PCS Puppy Figurines, Realistic Detailed Cute Puppy Figures, Hand Painted Emulational Dog Figurines Toy Set For Kids • Amazon Business||$12.99||1||$12.99|
|Ocean Sea Animals Figures, 60 Pack Mini Plastic Deep Underwater Life Creatures Set, STEM Educational Shower Bath Toys Gift for Baby Toddler Cupcake Toppers Party Supplies with Turtle Octopus Shark • Amazon Business||$11.99||1||$11.99|
|Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business||$11.16||1||$11.16|
|Wild Republic Polar Nature Tube • Amazon Business||$9.79||1||$9.79|
|Mini Cat Figures Asst. (12 count) • Amazon Business||$5.39||1||$5.39|
Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.View complete list Show less