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Mr. Kleiman from Jamaica NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory for Special Needs Students

Help me give my students a visual perspective of how nature works together

  • $307 goal

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My Students

I work in a special needs elementary school, with the population predominantly consisting of children with autism. As a science teacher, I realize the importance of learning about the world around us and understand that these children require more hands learning, than the average learner, in order to keep on task, as well as help build an environment that helps cater to the specific needs of the child, rather than a one size fits all model.

By having various visual models, manipulatives and activities that actually engage the students rather than passive learning, these children have begun to engage more frequently with the various topics and stay on task for longer periods of time as well.

I hope to build on these amazing changes and hopefully foster more and more independence within each student.

My Project

Working in a special needs setting I have learned that not all students will learn the same way, many of these children are able to retain information better with the use of visuals and physically engaging with materials. When my students are able to see, smell and touch rather than be read or shown pictures of what they are learning about, my students are more active learners and stay on task for longer periods of time.

By being able to show these children how nature co-exists rather than see pictures in a book, I hope to further their understanding of the world around them.

As well, some students need breaks throughout the day, the use of sensory toys will give them various outlets to help them when they are frustrated or may need some time away from the lesson.

Mr. Kleiman
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 60 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Back to the Roots Indoor Hydroponic Garden - Self Watering, Mess-Free Planter for Herbs, Microgreens, Bamboo, Succulents, and Houseplants • Amazon Business $92.37 1 $92.37
Kinetic Sand, 6lbs Bucket with 3 Colors of All-Natural and 3 Tools, Play Sand Sensory Toys for Kids Ages 3 and up • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
HOME GROWN 20 Culinary Herb Seed Vault - Heirloom and Non GMO - Seeds for Planting for Indoor or Outdoor Herbs Garden, Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, Chives, Lavender, Dill, Marjoram, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Ocean and Sand - Fine Motor and Sensory Toys for Kids • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
4M Weather Science Kit - Climate Change, Global Warming, Lab - STEM Toys Educational Gift for Kids & Teens, Girls & Boys • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
PULACO 25W Small Aquarium Betta Heater with Free Thermometer Strip, Under 6 Gallon Fish Tanks • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
15 Culinary Herb Seeds Pack - Heirloom and Non GMO, Grown in USA - Indoor or Outdoor Garden - Basil, Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Rosemary, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Tarragon, Chives, Sage, Arugula & More • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Tetra Betta Small Pellets 1.02 Ounce, Complete Nutrition Plus Color Boost • Amazon Business $1.88 2 $3.76

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