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Ms. Pace from Akron OH is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Motivated Manipulatives

Help me give my students these incredible STEM supportive manipulatives to increase team building cooperative, higher-thinking skills in the classroom and in our building.

  • $427 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is an International Baccalaureate School in Ohio. We service many children from low-income families who are on free and reduced-priced lunch. We have a brand new school building, which is very exciting. The school has many technologically advanced conveniences and resources to support our IB curriculum.

The majority of my students are from low income households.

My students are experiencing a "Genius Hour" each week. During this time, they will have hands on materials to manipulate. I am excited because the opportunity is a super way to springboard team building and cooperative learning. They learn that to accomplish the task, they have to get along. Many of them naturally develop roles of leader without being assigned. They also share what "job" in the task they feel they would be most beneficial to the group.

I would like more choices for these students to experience during this Genius Hour as-well-as other opportunities in the week.

My Project

I started noticing how my students worked when using our magnatiles in the classroom. Children who previously had not worked cooperatively with one another, were interacting and discussing ways to create something they could be proud of. This collaboration has truly served its purpose in off-setting what could be problematic experiences for children. I noticed less bullying behaviors, and more inclusive recess experiences.

In addition, the collaborative experiences resulted in my more poor performing students relaxing as they could create structures that were not graded, or did not meet teacher specifications.

They were their own designs. They urged me each time to take photos of the designs and let the other students see the pictures on our screens. They urged me to send the pictures to their parents. I enjoyed seeing how proud they were of their risk free venture.

Lastly, many students do not speak of positive school experiences. These manipulatives actually persuade my learners to complete their tasks, to come to school, and to work closely with other friends. These things are valuable in my school day.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magformers Basic Set (62-Pieces) Magnetic Building Blocks, Educational Magnetic Tiles, Magnetic Building STEM Toy • Amazon Business $59.53 1 $59.53
Fat Brain Toys Squigz 2.0 - 36 Piece • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Bristle Interlocking Building Blocks, Stem Learning Idea Memory Gifts for Early Skill Development, Creativity Sensory Toys for Toddlers & Kids 3,4,5,6 Years Old • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
EMIDO Building Blocks Kids Educational Toys STEM Toys Building Discs Sets Interlocking Solid Plastic for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls, Safe Material for Kids - 120 pieces with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $23.98 1 $23.98
Fat Brain Toys Dado Squares • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game, 20 Blocks, 40 Activity Cards, Ages 5+ • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
JaxoJoy Foam Building Blocks for Kids– 108 Piece EVA Foam Blocks Gift Playset for Toddlers Includes Large, Soft, Stackable Blocks in Variety of Colors, Shapes & Sizes – Recommended Ages 3+. • Amazon Business $21.49 1 $21.49
Omni Wooden Toys Natural Wooden Planks, 100 Piece • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Special Supplies Suction Construction Toys for Children, 50-Pcs Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, Bath Toy, Sensory, Creativity and Imagination Boosting Educational Toys, Vibrant Colors, for Kids • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs-Colorful Interlocking Plastic Enginnering Toys- Fun- Educational- Safe for Kids- Develops Motor Skills-Construction Blocks- Best Gift for Boys and Girls … • Amazon Business $19.09 1 $19.09
Elongdi 130 Pieces - Magnetic Building Sticks Building Blocks Set, Magnet Educational Toys Magnetic Blocks Sticks Stacking Toys Set, Non-Toxic Building Toy 3D Puzzle with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $18.85 1 $18.85
Gears Interlocking Building Set, 80 Pcs Gears Building Set ,10 Color Building Blocks Puzzles Educational Learning Toys Interlocking Solid Gear Set Preschool Gifts for Boys Girls Safe Kids Material • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
KuToi Rainbow Snow Flakes 300 Discs | STEM Educational Brain Building Toy | Interlocking Plastic Construction Connect Set | Promotes Fine Motor Skills Development - Therapy Tools • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58

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