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Ms. Klemcke from San Antonio TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Staying Active with STEM

My students need a variety of manipulatives and resources to keep their hands, feet, and brains occupied throughout the day. These items will help my students stay actively engaged in their learning all day long!

  • $927 goal

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My Students

My students live in a suburban community and come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school's foundation is one built on and within the community as it is one of the oldest schools in the area.

They are challenged from the moment they walk into the building to be students who are always "leading, succeeding, and excelling together."

In order to keep them challenged, student engagement is of the utmost importance! My first graders come to me naturally engaged, but it is my job to continue the engagement and to take it to the next level and beyond. Doing so allows me to earn their trust, to build relationships, and to keep them coming back for more. I know that I am helping prepare and grow them to become respectful and responsible worldly leaders who will one day be able to give back to the community that has been built around their school.

My Project

My students will use the items from this project from the moment they walk into my classroom each morning to help them stay engaged while encouraging their natural, creative minds.

Say good-bye to worksheets!

These items will allow my students to move away from the mundane morning routine of worksheets and let them begin their day with something tangible, hands-on, and different each day. Student choice is something that is emphasized daily in my classroom and what better way to let the students choose than through the use of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) bins? Each month, twenty STEM bins will be put together with the different contents (erasers, counting objects, building blocks, Lincoln logs, etc.) to allow the students to tinker, play, and create. The STEM bins will rotate monthly and will allow my students to pick a new interactive station each morning, if they choose to. Some of the other items, such as the Story Cubes and the lacing letters will be able to be used for student choice within our reading rotations to help with phonemic awareness and spelling patterns.

I would like to integrate more flexible seating options for my students to pick from. The stability cushions are easy to use and are a very mobile seat choice that is great for table work or floor work. The stack stools and the lap desks will allow for my students to be able to transition into group work throughout the day with ease. First graders are full of energy and movement and the fidget bands for the bottom of the chairs will help the students stay in their seat and focused on their work when they come to the reading group table and sit in "traditional."

Ms. Klemcke
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Navy • Amazon Business $25.00 6 $150.00
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $58.86 2 $117.72
Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Class Set • Amazon Business $75.02 1 $75.02
2 Pack - SueSport Air Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion, Balance Disc, Twist Massage, 14 Inch, Purple • Amazon Business $26.00 2 $52.00
Learning Advantage 7350 Transparent Spinners (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $7.60 6 $45.60
LINCOLN LOGS – 100th Anniversary Tin - 111 All-Wood Pieces – Ages 3+ Construction Education Toy • Amazon Business $28.97 1 $28.97
Kick Bands Bouncy Chair Fidget Bands (10-Pack) - Improves Focus For School Kids and Classroom Students - ADHD ADD SPD Autism Sensory Needs - Bounce & Stretch Foot Band For Chairs by Solace • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
CoolToys Timber Tower Wood Block Stacking Game – Original Edition (48 Pieces) • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Learning Resources LER6402 Lowercase Lacing Letters • Amazon Business $19.19 1 $19.19
Rory's Story Cubes - Original and Actions by Gamewright • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Safari Ltd Ocean TOOB Comes With 12 Different Hand Painted Animal Toy Figurine Models Including Sea Lion, Eagle Ray, Starfish, Turtle, Penguin, Octopus, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale, Moray Eel, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, and Dolphin For Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Safari Ltd Penguin TOOB With 10 Fun and Flightless Figurines, Including Gentoo, Humboldt, Chinstrap, Rockhopper, Galapagos, Adelie, Swimming, Sliding, Baby, And Penguin With Baby Ages 3 And Up • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Safari Ltd. Nature TOOB - Quality Construction from Safe and BPA Free Materials • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Safari Ltd Wild Safari North American Wildlife TOOB With 12 Favorite Animal Toy Figurines Including a Mountain Lion, Wolf, Elk, Big Horn Ram, Bison • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Safari Ltd Insects TOOB – Comes With 14 Toy Figurines – Including Caterpillar, Dragonfly, Centipede, Grasshopper, Ladybug, Spider, Butterflies, Bee, Scorpion, Praying Mantis, And More – Ages 3 And Up • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Safari Ltd Desert TOOB, Pack of 11 • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Plastic Hand Clappers, (2-Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Safari Ltd Wild TOOB With 12 Great Jungle Friends, Including a Giraffe, Brown Bear, Tiger, Camel, Lion, Crocodile, Gorilla, Hippo, Rhino, Zebra, Panther and Elephant (Discontinued by manufacturer) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Backyard Birds • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Lot Of 36 Assorted Color Crayon Shaped Erasers • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Amscan Festive Christmas Fun Eraser Party Favor, Multicolor, 1 1/2" • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lot Of 12 Assorted Design And Color Rainbow Theme Erasers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Fun Express Feather Assortment Model Kit (600 Piece) • Amazon Business $7.51 1 $7.51
24 ~ Polar Bear Mini Erasers ~ Approx. 1/2" X 3/4" (Small) ~ New ~ Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Table Sprinkles • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Creativity Street Pom Pons 100-Piece x 1 Inch, Kelly Green • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fun Filled St Patrick's Day Party Mini Rubber Eraser , Multi Color, Rubber , 5 3/4" x 6 1/4" (Pkg Size), Pack of 144 • Amazon Business $6.46 1 $6.46
US Toy - Miniature 3/4" Apple Erasers, Ages 3 Years & Up (1-Pack of 144) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00

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