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Ms. Bernal from Gardena CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rewarding Positive Behavior While Teaching Financial Literacy.

My students need prizes to refill our classroom store such as pencils, erasers, highlighters, and toys.

  • $461 goal

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My Students

I teach 4th graders with high functioning autism. One of the biggest challenges in the classroom has been behavior control. Due to the autism, my students struggle with emotional control and frustration.

To help them with these difficulties, I have decided to use the principles of Safety, Respect, and Responsibility to guide our classroom behavior plan.

I teach my students to respect themselves, one another, and our classroom. I teach them that in life we have to be responsible for our own behavior and accept the consequences of our actions. I explain to them that making good choices will ensure that we have a safe environment. They have received this plan very well and we have seen lots of improvement in our classroom.

My Project

In our classroom, we focus on positive behavior and we reward good choices with incentives to motivate them to continue making those good choices. We use play money to help build financial literacy as we teach them to be responsible individuals. Every time they are caught making positive choices, they are rewarded with $0.25 to $1.00 depending on their action. During math time, they add up their money and change it for larger bills. On Fridays, we open our class store and they get to shop. I have “expensive” items such as lunch bags, stuffed animals, and larger toys that they can buy once they have enough money.

Students have to decide how to budget their money.

Should they waste their money on small prizes every week? Should they go without a prize for a week and save their money for larger prizes? It is up to them to make those decisions with their financial resources. Budgeting and making financial decisions is a life skill that they will always need so I am happy to be able to provide them with an opportunity to practice this life skill while rewarding positive behavior. The items in our store are running low, but with your help, we can refill it. Based on the items I tried out this year, they really enjoy buying things like writing utensils, erasers, highlighters, and toys.

Ms. Bernal
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Raymond Geddes Little Bitz Scented Stackable Highlighter, 100 Pack (66991( • Amazon Business $37.00 1 $37.00
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Smencils Cylinder of 50 Scented Pencils • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Geddes Rainbow Gel Pens Assortment - Set of 50 • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Raymond Geddes Mustache Pencil Pouches, Set of 12 (69100) • Amazon Business $21.70 1 $21.70
Superhero Ultimate Coloring Book Assortment ~ 15 Books Featuring Avengers, Spiderman, Justice League, Batman and More (Includes Stickers) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Party Favor Play Pack - Disney - 24 Mini Packs • Amazon Business $19.80 1 $19.80
Finex Set of 2 Mickey Minnie Mouse Donald Daisy Duck Canvas Zippered Tote Handbag set Love Sweet Couple Hand Bags with carry handles - Lunch Box Bag Gym Tote • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
OneDor Sparkle Shiny Sequin Animal ear Hair Bow Ribbon Clip sets for Babies, Toddlers, Young Girls, and Children (8 Pairs ) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Rhode Island Novelty Ten Color Shuttle Pens 1 dz • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Emoji Drawstring Backpack Bags 10 Pack Cute Designs, Gift Goody Birthday Party Favor Bags Supplies for Kids Teens Girls and Boys • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss Pencil Too, 72 Pack (68508) • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
AUCH 24Pcs Cute Cartoon Baby Girls Kids Children Little Princess Ball Hair Tie Bands Ropes Ponytail Holder Elastics, Assorted Color, May Vary form Picture, No Repeated Styles • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
eBoot 12 Pieces Multicolor Rose Flower Headband Women Girl Fashion Floral Crown Garland Headbands with Elastic Ribbon • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Colorful Striped Eraser Sticks (1 dozen) • Amazon Business $5.17 2 $10.34
Finex - Set of 8 - Tsum Tsum Elastic Cord Hair Ties Ponytail Holders with bead - Disney Winnie the Pooh Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Chip & Dale Baymax Mike Stitch Alien hair accessories Random Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Fun Express Vinyl Action-Packed Superhero Kick Balls - 12 Pieces • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Finex - Set of 8 - Tsum Tsum Elastic Cord Hair Ties Ponytail Holders with bead - Disney Winnie the Pooh Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Chip & Dale Baymax Mike Stitch Alien hair accessories Random Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Fun Central AZ900 12 Pieces 12 Inches Emoji Inflatable Beach Balls, Fun Emoji Beach Balls, Emoji Beach Balls for Kids - Perfect for Beach Parties, Pool Parties, Concert - Assorted • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
50 Pack Assorted Cartoon Animal Erasers Pencil Toppers kit Pencil Top Erasers,, Gift/Award to Kids • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Party Favor Play Pack - Star Wars - 24 Mini Packs (Single) • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
Superhero Erasers - 24 pcs • Amazon Business $7.78 1 $7.78

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