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Ms. A. from Cupertino CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sawdust, Stitches, and Stability

The cost of these basically 5 sets of various handtools for voc-ed is $587, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I will teach 6th grade at a new middle school campus this year. As a part of the 6th grade middle school experience, students take part in an Exploratory Wheel class. For the Exploratory Wheel class, I will teach an introduction to vocational arts. This will be a kind of "pre" woodshop, home ec, engineering class in which students will use simple handtools to build a small woodworking project, hand sewing to create a patchwork pillow, and various media to create simple engineering projects. In this class students will have a chance to develop fine motor skills and life skills by working with various kinds of hand tools that they will encounter in everyday life. They will have a chance to be introduced to vocational arts. For many students in this highly academically-oriented school population, this might be one of the only opportunities they will have to work with their hands to problem solve. Others, for whom academics has been a struggle, may find a whole new way to connect to school and learning. To complete these projects, the class of approx. 20-25 students will be in groups of four. Each group will need a hand saw and miter box, sanding block, hammer, cordless electric drill and drill bits, rasp, pliers, assorted sewing needles, sewing shears, measuring tapes, small/fine paint brushes. I believe that practical, vocational arts experiences are fast nearing extinction and that all students benefit from the practical knowlege and lessons these kind of opportunities offer.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Craftsman Cordless 3/8" drill 7.2 volts • Orchard Supply Hardware $29.99 1 $29.99
Craftsman 2 Gal. Shop vacuum • Orchard Supply Hardware $29.99 1 $29.99
Craftsman miter box • Orchard Supply Hardware $19.99 3 $59.97
Nicholson 4in Hand file • Orchard Supply Hardware $11.99 5 $59.95
8" sewing shears • Nasco $9.45 5 $47.25
Nicholson 6" round file • Orchard Supply Hardware $6.99 5 $34.95
MITER BOX SAW SET MINI • Nasco $6.33 5 $31.65
8 OZ STEEL HAMMER W/CLAWS • Nasco $4.67 5 $23.35
Hyde sanding block • Orchard Supply Hardware $3.99 5 $19.95
PLIERS LONG NOSE 6 1/2" • Nasco $3.61 5 $18.05
Nicholson file handle • Orchard Supply Hardware $3.49 5 $17.45
Dual Scale Measuring Tapes (Set of 4) • Delta Education $2.95 2 $5.90
5-COUNT ARTIST HOBBY BRUSHES -- Prang Art Brushes; 5-Count Hobby • Quill Corporation $2.69 5 $13.45
HAND SEWING NEEDLES • Nasco $1.12 5 $5.60

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