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Ms. Ng from New York NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Savers Vs. Spenders!

Help me give my students a chance to be financial literacy savvy by providing plastic money, prizes, money games, and piggy banks!

  • $598 goal

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My Students

Here we goooo! I am now back to first grade after teaching third grade for two years. No matter the age, I absolutely love my students in each of their own unique ways.

I have a very diverse group with some still learning the English language.

Because I was (and will continue to be) in an integrated co-teaching environment, some of my students in first grade also have Individualized Education Plans based on their special needs such as Speech and Language Impairment or Occupational Therapy. Most families here are low-income and students eat free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch. Everyone is hard working and incredibly sweet!

My Project

First grade is excited to be studying community commerce for the first time before learning about restaurants and opening one of our very own! As part of our social studies planning in helping students get ready to open a classroom restaurant for the school, we want to give students an opportunity to practice recognizing and counting change. We also want to teach them that people have to make decisions about whether they simply want something or whether they need it If they want something, are they able to afford it?

To save or not to save, that is the question!

With this project, students will get their own mini piggy banks to keep after this study. Each day they earn coins based on their classroom behaviors. By the end of the week, they get to shop in the classroom store that includes all of these objects such as pens, toys, and gadgets. With prices attached to each item, students will have to add the change that they have saved up and decide whether they want to keep saving up for bigger prizes or spend the money. This will include a lot of math calculations and discussions about decision making! With previous experience in this financial literacy project, I remember the children loving the study and made significant improvements in understanding why it was worth saving at the end and knowing how to trade smaller coins for bigger ones! The materials asked for in this project will help 3 first grade classes!

Ms. Ng
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DIY Unfinished Wood Block Bank • Oriental Trading $12.29 9 $110.61
EE405X - Exploring Economy Hands-On Activities - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $85.00 1 $85.00
COINS PLASTIC SET 460 PCS - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $17.60 3 $52.80
Wind up Toys 25 pcs Assorted Toy Animal for Children's Party Gifts Kids Birthdays (More than 2 Dozen) • Amazon Business $15.95 2 $31.90
LEEHUR 20Pcs Squishy Toys, Party Favors Mochi Squishies Mini Squeeze Funny Toy Soft Stress Anxiety Relief Toys Kids/Adults Random Color • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
HUFUN Emoji Keychain No Repeated Emoji Party Supplies Fun Birthday Emoji Party Favors for Kids Goody Bag Stuffers Set of 24 • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Jetec 10 Pieces Unicorn Flamingo Pattern Gel Pens Colorful Gel Pens with 4 Pieces Unicorn Pencil Case for Kids, Girls • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
I Premium Party Favor Toy Assortment in Big 120 Pack. Party Favors for Kids. Birthday Party, Classroom Rewards, Carnival, Prizes, Pinata Filler, Bulk Toys, Treasure Box, Goodie Bag Fillers, Halloween • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Magic Rainbow Springs Assorted Bulk (1 Dozen) (2 Inches) • Amazon Business $9.93 2 $19.86
Huji Stacking Buildable 8 Colors Crayons Set, Connect Stack and Build Crayons Sideways and Up, Favorite Toys Kids Party Favors Safe Non-Toxic, Easy to Hold (Building-Blocks, 24) • Amazon Business $18.59 1 $18.59
Neliblu Sensory Fidget Snake Cube Twist Puzzle, Set of 3 • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Emoji Party Favors - Fun Toys - Stocking Stuffers - 2 Dozen 3" Emoji Smiley Face Emoticon Bendables Bulk pack of 24 • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Multicolor Vinyl Sticky Hands and Feet Novelty Toy 36 Pack for Children’s Parties - Funny Stretchy Mini Yoyo Sticky Fingers Kids Party Favors 36 Pk for Birthdays | Gags | Jokes | Stocking Stuffer • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Housweety 300PCs String Jewelry Price Label Paper Pricing Tags 2.5x1.5cm(1" x5/8") • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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