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Ms. Gilhooly from Springfield MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Studies With Ms.Gilhooly

Help me give my students materials needed to achieve academic success! The materials I have chosen will help students have a hands-on approach to learning during my lessons.

  • $819 goal

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My Students

This year, I am teaching Social Studies for 2nd - 5th Grade in Springfield, MA.Imagine that you're an at-risk elementary school student, with skills far below grade level.

You want more than anything to improve, but you're against all odds.

You come to school every day without basic materials, such as pencils and your classroom is ill-equipped as well. Not to mention coming to school with heavy minds, minimal sleep, and rumbling tummies.

I have been lucky enough this year to have an amazing batch of students. While I have only known them for a few months, I can already tell that they are some of the most awe-inspiring and courageous people you'll ever meet. Young minds coming of age in the inner city, the vast majority come to school on any given day with a multitude of problems resting on their shoulders. Still, they come in ready to learn. To accomplish their goals, though, they need a few things: encouragement, support and motivation... and most of all, basic materials.

My Project

As of right now, my classroom has old, worn out textbooks, 6 desks, and some chairs. As a teacher, I want to provide my students with materials for them to use during lessons, small group activities and small group lessons. With your help, these materials will enhance my lessons and provide support to students as we learn about the world outside of the walls of the school.

One of the materials we are in need of is an interactive globe.

This product will allow me to show students a visual representation of continents, oceans, countries, and their locations. I have also added some fun games for students to do during their free time after their work is completed. Many classrooms have centers which provide extra focus on subject areas being taught in the lesson. I want to provide the same idea in social studies, however, we only have the materials I have purchased on my own.

Another focus of mine is to provide students with flexible seating to complete their work. My students enjoy working on my classroom rug, but I would like to provide more places for students to complete work. This is why I have added a few bean bag chairs and mini rugs for students to sit on.

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

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Standard Classic Bean Bag, Blue (35") • Amazon Business $70.99 2 $141.98
Montessori Flags of The World National Flags Learning & Education Early Childhood Education Montessori Materials Early Development Toys Montessori Toys for Toddlers • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
EOFEEL Montessori Materials Accessories Children Playing Mat Working Rug Small (17×27in) • Amazon Business $11.99 6 $71.94
GeoToys - Set of 6 GeoPuzzles - World Map Puzzle & Jigsaw Puzzle to Learn Countries of the World - Geography Game for Educational Fun • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
The Original Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks - Educational Materials for the Beginning Reader Toddler 3 4 5 6 Year Old - Eco Friendly Wooden CVC Manipulative Toy for Kindergarten Language Learning • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Learning Resources Puzzle Globe, 14 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.97 1 $24.97
MindWare Brainbox All Around The World • Amazon Business $23.69 1 $23.69
Learning Resources Puzzle Globe, 14 Pieces • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
GeoBingo USA Educational Geography Board Game • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mr. Sketch Assorted Scent Markers 12 Pack (20072)(2 Pack) • Amazon Business $17.04 1 $17.04
Teacher Created Resources I Have. Who Has.? Social Studies Grade 2 (7863) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Teacher Created Resources I Have. Who Has.? Social Studies Grade 5 (7866) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Teacher Created Resources I Have. Who Has.? Social Studies Grade 4 (7865) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
U.S. Facts & Fun, Grades 1-3 • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Teacher Created Resources I Have. Who Has.? Social Studies Grade 3 (7864) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Imagimake: Mapology USA with Capitals- Learn USA States Along with Their Capitals and Fun Facts- Fun Jigsaw Puzzle- Educational Toy for Kids Above 5 Years • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
ROCK N LEARN Social Studies Audio CD & Book Set - States & Capitals Rap and Presidents & U.S. Government • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Teach My Continents and Animals • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Teach My Continents and Animals • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Professor Noggin's Countries of the World II - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Professor Noggin's Geography of the United States - A Educational Trivia Based Card Game For Kids • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
U.S.A. Bingo Game • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86

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