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Mrs. Merrill from Silver Spring MD is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting the Day with a Smile - Phase 2

Help me give my students art, engineering and coding activities to add to their choices for morning work.

  • $334 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of learners. Over half of my students come from immigrant families from Africa and Central America. Some students are newly arrived immigrants themselves and speak limited English. We are a family! My students care about one another and love to do collaborative work. They support each other and we celebrate success.

My students are creative kids who need to practice positive relationship building.

Many students carry burdens from their home life and don't get the opportunity to truly be a kid. I want to give them the opportunity to have hands-on experiences that are engaging and open-ended to enhance their creativity and collaboration.

My Project

I want to continue to excite and engage my students from the moment they walk through my door. With a variety of creative and stimulating materials that they can choose from when they come in, they will be able to collaborate and build relationships while designing, or building, or drawing to start their day.

The materials I have chosen address the multiple intelligences of my students.

There are art and tactile materials such as origami and paper airplane books and paper. I have chosen new brain teaser puzzles and number games as well as coding games for the logical and mathematical learners. I have included desk games such as Road Blocks to emphasize interactive play.

My goal is for students to have choices and options for how they want to start their day. If I engage them right from the start, my hope is that will set the tone for the rest of the day of learning.

Mrs. Merrill
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, 83 Pieces • Amazon Business $39.00 1 $39.00
Think Fun Roller Coaster Challenge STEM Toy Building Game Boys Girls Age 6 Up – Toty Game The Year Finalist • Amazon Business $29.79 1 $29.79
Cat's Cradle Book Kit- • Amazon Business $9.58 3 $28.74
ThinkFun Rush Hour Deluxe Traffic Jam Logic Game and STEM Toy – Tons of Fun With Over 20 Awards Won, International for Over 20 Years • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
BUBU Origami Paper 1000 Sheets 6 Inch Square Double Sided Color 25 Vivid Colors for Beginners Trainning and School Craft Lessons • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Speed Cube Set, Roxenda Magic Cube Set of 2x2x2 3x3x3 Pyramid Smooth Puzzle Cube • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Origami Paper 500 sheets Kaleidoscope Patterns 6" (15 cm): Tuttle Origami Paper: High-Quality Origami Sheets Printed with 12 Different Designs: Instructions for 8 Projects Included • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
Mini Origami Paper 200 Sheets, 2-inches Square, 20 Vivid Colors, Same Color on Both Sides, Premium Quality for Arts and Crafts, 100 Design E-Book Included (See Back of The Cover for Download info) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
MAGIKON Labyrinth Wooden Maze Game Intellect Puzzle Game Two Steel Marbles Adults, Boys Girls (Normal, Wood) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
MAGGIFT Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game IQ Car Parking Puzzle Toy(212 challenging Game Cards (IQ CAR) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
ShengShou Megaminx Speed Cube Puzzle, Black • Amazon Business $8.05 1 $8.05
D-ROAD Ultra-smooth Gear 3D Magic Cube 3x3x3 Cube Puzzle,Black • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Easy Origami Animals • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)over 30 simple projects • Amazon Business $4.36 1 $4.36

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