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Ms. Alfaro from Houston TX is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Bins for the Win

My students need a variety of colorful manipulatives to engage in structure building activities!

  • $816 goal

This project expired on November 18, 2018.

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My Students

As a teacher in a Title I school, my students are faced with various challenges both in and out of the classroom. I am proud to work in the community that I do because despite their challenges, my parents and students have shown they care - they show up and they are enthusiastic about working and learning with me and their peers! They inspire me to create a learning environment that will be a home away from home, but also a place that encourages joyful learning to take place!

My students are a part of the bilingual program at our school.

Their first language is Spanish, and English is their second. My goal is to build upon their foundation in their first language, while helping them develop their English language skills and lifelong learners.

My Project

My students naturally gravitate towards the manipulatives we use during math instruction. They are colorful, novel, fun, and quite honestly seem like toys! Which is why they think they are playing when using them, but they are learning as they use them for a variety of math activities.

This school year, I want to provide my students the opportunity to continue having fun while learning.

Incorporating STEM bins in my classroom will allow my students the opportunity to begin to see how things are made, develop expressive language to describe and compare the structures they make, and as well as teach them social skills they need in kindergarten. These manipulatives will be a great resource to encourage students to work together and build structures from their different perspectives. I am asking for magnetic blocks, linking cubes, pattern blocks, dominoes, popsicle sticks, LEGO's, Play-Doh, and base ten blocks. There is no right or wrong way to use these manipulatives; students will be encouraged to think outside of the box when using these items to build a variety of things!

The materials will be organized and set up using the Lakeshore cubby unit and bins in an easily accessible area of the classroom. Morning work this upcoming school year will consist of STEM bins, what fun! Students will take a STEM bin and work at their tables with their shoulder partners. My goal is to assign my students more hands-on tasks for morning work, and when they finish other activities early through out the day. These items will drive students to want to finish their work in a timely manner!

Ms. Alfaro
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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16 donors16 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ633 - Classic Birch 12-Cubby Storage Unit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $289.00 1 $289.00
Magformers Challenger Set (112-pieces) Deluxe Magnetic Building Blocks, Educational Magnetic Tiles Kit, Magnetic Construction shapes STEM Toy Set • Amazon Business $99.99 1 $99.99
LM133 - Clear-View Bins - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $66.80 1 $66.80
Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Starter Kit • Amazon Business $30.79 1 $30.79
Learning Resources LER0287 Doublesix Dominoes In Bucket • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Learning Resources Wooden Pattern Blocks, Set of 250 • Amazon Business $25.04 1 $25.04
Unifix Cubes - Package of 300 - 10 Colors • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
ETA hand2mind 1-inch Wooden Color Cubes with Storage Tub (Set of 100) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
LEGO Classic Creative Supplement 10693 • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
COMEBO 400PCS Colored Wood Craft Popsicle Sticks for DIY Art Crafts 4.5 Inch • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
CoolToys Timber Tower Wood Block Stacking Game – Original Edition (48 Pieces) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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