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Mr. Bellisario from Sacramento CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Save and Budget in Second Grade

Help me give my students math themed read aloud books and picture books for our class store in order to teach them about saving and budgeting money.

  • $483 goal

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My Students

I teach a class of 28 amazing second graders. They are loving, intelligent, kind, and funny. They come to school wanting to learn and become better citizens.

My students come from diverse backgrounds and most come from families at lower income levels.

Many of my students come from challenging home environments and have limited resources at home. Many of them do not have basic supplies to help them succeed. The one thing they all have in common is that they are eager to learn.

My Project

I believe that education in financial literacy must begin early! My students are learning the basics of financial literacy. We are learning to count large numbers, add, subtract, and compare numbers. We are also learning the value of coins and adding money. All of these concepts are the foundation of financial literacy. My students have been telling me that they want to buy their favorite read aloud books, but they don't have the funds to do so. I would like to add a bookstore to our classroom store. My student love books and reading. I would like to tie their love of reading to financial literacy education by adding books to our class store. I chose their favorite books and series to add to the store. My students would be able to save their class money and budget for the purchase of big ticket books from their favorite authors. They love Elephant and Piggie books, Pigeon books, Mercy Watson books, Gingerbread Man books, and more!

By opening a real-world bookstore in my class, I am teaching my students to save money and budget for their wants.

I would also like to add to my financial literacy read aloud books so that I can discuss this important skill in a captivating way. I would like to motivate my students with all of their favorite books in the class store. I can't wait to see their faces when they see all of these amazing books available for purchase with their class money. The opportunity to "buy" and do some long-term saving for their own favorite books would motivate my students to learn the basics of financial literacy. My students will be able to learn the importance of saving money. Thank you for your support!

Mr. Bellisario
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elephant & Piggie: The Complete Collection (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $85.62 1 $85.62
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! • Amazon Business $10.89 2 $21.78
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder • Amazon Business $19.45 1 $19.45
The Library Gingerbread Man • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
Wemberly Worried • Amazon Business $15.40 1 $15.40
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Gingerbread Christmas • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
Caydo 48 Pcs Kids Children's Gold Plastic Winner Award Medals • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Creepy Carrots! • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Gingerbread Friends • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
The Runaway Tortilla • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Sneezy the Snowman • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Three Pigs and a Gingerbread Man (Tadpoles: Fairytale Jumbles) • Amazon Business $7.46 1 $7.46
Hooway for Wodney Wat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Elevator Magic, Level 2 (MathStart Subtracting) (MathStart 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Best Vacation Ever (MathStart 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Betcha! Estimating (Mathstart, Level 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Give Me Half! (MathStart 2) • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62

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