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Ms. B. from Seattle WA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Education Classroom Needs Rich Literature and Basics!

Help me give my students diverse books, fidgets, and classroom basics (paper, folders, etc).

  • $964 goal

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My Students

My students are in a self-contained special education classroom. Students who qualify for this placement typically need specially designed instructional supports across their core academic areas. Often times students are two or more years below grade level and often have challenging behaviors.

Our classroom instruction is primarily delivered within small groups and is very targeted to students' needs.

To the greatest extent possible, I want to close the gap between these students and their peers. More importantly, I want my students to experience success in school and to see all of our work as applicable and important to their lives.

My Project

This project will meet three main areas of need: 1) expanding our classroom library to include richer and more diverse literature 2) replacing and increasing our fidget/self-regulation tools and 3) restocking basic school supplies.

The students in my special education room come to school with many needs, but we consistently push our students to meet or surpass their general education peers.

We do this by exposing students to rich literature - both easily-accessed graphic novels and compelling chapter books with diverse characters -- and by allowing our students to access any tools they might need to regulate their emotions or their energy levels.

The literature has been carefully selected based on previous students' book interests, as well as input from literature teachers in our district. Many of the books highlight the experiences of students of color, which reflects the diversity in our classroom. Similarly, the fidgets reflect the needs of previous students -- often silent fidget tools helped to regulate my students and allowed them to participate for extended times during seated activities. Finally, there are many items on this list that are simply in short supply in a Title I school (e.g., clorox wipes, laminating envelopes, etc).

Ms. B.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Mini Tins Deluxe Gift Set Bundle Featuring Glow, Hypercolor, Super Illusions, Scented, Electric, Primary, Metallic & Exclusive Matty's Toy Stop Bag - 25 Pack (.47 oz each) • Amazon Business $89.99 1 $89.99
Crayola Non-Washable Markers, Fine, Assorted Colors, 200/Pack (58-8210) • Staples Advantage $58.19 1 $58.19
Staples Standard 1.5" 3-Ring View Binders, Black, 12/Carton (26437CT) • Staples Advantage $55.39 1 $55.39
EXPO Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 36/Pack (1921061) • Staples Advantage $49.29 1 $49.29
500 Page Protectors 8.5 x 11 Clear Plastic Sheet Protectors, Top Loading / 3 Hole Binder Design Page Protectors, Archival Safe for Photos or Printed Copy, Sleeves Hold Multiple Sheets • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
J.R. Moon Pencil Co. Cap Eraser, Assorted, 144/Pack, 2/Bd • Staples Advantage $25.49 1 $25.49
Staples 2-Pocket Fasteners Folder, Burgundy (21644-CC/20630) • Staples Advantage $2.09 12 $25.08
Staples Composition Notebook, 9.75" x 7.5", Wide Ruled, 80 Sheets, Marble Black (14557M) • Staples Advantage $2.29 10 $22.90
Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, New Edition (c) 2019 • Amazon Business $16.11 1 $16.11
Teacher Created Resources 5 Minute Sand Timer - Large (20660) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Pencil Grip Loopeez Fidget, Bundle of 6 (TPG861) • Staples Advantage $15.59 1 $15.59
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Best Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Lava Lamp Timer - Incredibly Effective Calming Toy for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer for Adhd • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers, Bleach Free Cleaning Wipes - Crisp Lemon, 70 Count Each (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Born2Calm ADHD Fidget Toys Stress and Anxiety Relief - Pack of 10 Silent Sensory Fidgets for Classroom as Figits Sensory Toys for Kids with Carrying Pouch, 2 Carabiners and Bonus Paperback Story • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
TANGLE Set of 3 Jr. Original Fidget Toy • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Mead Wide Ruled Filler Paper, 8" x 10.5", White, 200 Sheets/Pack (15200) • Staples Advantage $4.69 3 $14.07
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Color Changing Mood Pencil with Eraser, Set of 24, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Staples 2-Pocket Fastener Folders, Light Blue, 10/Pack (13389-CC) • Staples Advantage $11.79 1 $11.79
AmazonBasics Letter Size Sheets Laminating Pouches 9 x 11.5in, 100-pack • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
JOLLY RANCHER Hard Candy, Bulk Candy, 5 Pounds • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Staples 2-Pocket Fastener Folders, Red, 10/Pack (13390-US) • Staples Advantage $10.19 1 $10.19
Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
All American Boys • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Sisters • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Guts • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
A Graphix Book: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Science Comics: Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Just Jaime (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Staples Ruled 3" x 5" Index Cards, White, 500/Pack (51009) • Staples Advantage $6.99 1 $6.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) • Amazon Business $4.23 1 $4.23

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