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Mrs. Modrow from Chattanooga TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Special Needs Learn Financial Literacy and Job Skills Using Play

My students need pretend and play items to learn how to use money correctly and be financially literate in grocery stores and restaurants.

  • $984 goal

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My Students

I teach a self-contained special education classroom where students have a wide range of abilities and disabilities. All of my students are classified with a developmental or cognitive disability, but that does not prevent them from doing their best. I teach at a Title I school in Tennessee where 100 percent of our students receive free breakfast and lunch under Community Eligibility Provision.

We are a Leader In Me School where everyone can be a leader; everyone has genius, and we develop the whole child by building relationships and empowering students.

My students are in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade and spend many years with me so I really get to know what they need to perform their best learning. We use a modified curriculum that teaches grade level content at their level of understanding.

My Project

My students struggle with math concepts unless they are concrete like objects and pictures. Money is extremely hard to understand as the smallest coin (the dime) is worth more than larger coins like a penny and nickel. Money has also changed in look recently and that makes it even more challenging to learn.

This project is to help make money concepts easier for my students to understand and create a financial literacy and life skills for them by running pretend cafes diners, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Everyone needs to go to the grocery store to buy food. Students can work with a budget and buy play food at the class grocery store (Pretend and Play Market) while others learn the job skills of handling the money using the scanning cash registers and make change.

Students can also practice financial literacy and restaurant skills using the pretend and play diner, Lego cafe, and food and kitchen set. They will get to practice writing down orders, make the food and pay the bill in the end with the regular cash register.

All of these pretend play settings are practice for the real world. They will teach my students financial literacy so they can competently use money and make smart choices when they go to the grocery store and restaurants with their families and in the community.

Mrs. Modrow
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LA266 - Pretend & Play Market • Lakeshore Learning Materials $359.00 1 $359.00
RR900X - Let’s Go Shopping Food Baskets - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $115.00 1 $115.00
Café Plus Set for Patterning and Early Math by LEGO Education DUPLO • Amazon Business $104.95 1 $104.95
LA230 - Pretend & Play Diner • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 1 $79.99
CR634 - Let’s Go Shopping! Cash Register • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
LA427 - Best-Buy Kitchen Playset • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
GG271 - Let’s Pretend Restaurant Writing Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PP723 - Real-Working Cash Register • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99

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