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Mrs. Putnam from Stephenson MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Supplies to Create Modified Manipulatives

My students need concrete ways to interact with the materials and concepts that are being taught. The lamination & velcro allow me to modify book illustrations making them interactive for students who are unable to read.

  • $450 goal

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My Students

My Students

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."

Mark Van Doren

Students in our district are from a small, rural community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our community has a lower socio-economic population, with state data showing 57% of the students being economically disadvantaged and 77% of the eligible students participating in free and reduced lunch programs. Our attendance averages above 95% daily with only one day this past year below 90%. Our students are dedicated and enthusiastic learners. They react well to research-based instruction. My goal is to purchase supplies allowing us to support academic and social situations, and focus on individual living and life skills. When this project is funded, my students will be able to have additional resources that will allow them to thrive educationally and emotionally in an effort to meet each individual’s personal potential.

My Project

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin

Modified materials are a NECESSITY to engage my students with special needs, while they continuously reach for understanding of the environment around them.

This is the final piece of 3 Donor's Choose projects that I am hoping to be funded. My other 2 projects "Butterfly Investigations" & "The Ants Go Marching" identify supplies to study and raise butterfly eggs & ants. Each project offers a variety of ways for my students to observe, care for, & learn from the insects in our classroom. This includes: plastic models to hold & explore, a variety of magnifying glasses to use based on individual physical needs, & a magnifier that can be hooked up to my computer and projected onto our SMART Board. This project adds additional options for larger enclosed observation settings to enhance the safety of the bug being observed, further encouraging students to be gentle as they watch.

Literacy encompasses a love of books as well as reading. My students DEFINITELY have that. The books in this project further the understanding of bugs around us, but I have students who are unable to read. I chose multiple copies of some books so I can laminate and velcro the pages creating interactive books for those students. This encourages EVERY student to be engaged in the lessons at his/her individual level. Viewing of beautiful illustrations expands to the large puzzle in this project & furthers conversations & observations of what we see. The final item works on interactions with others. It is a game that encourages team work to complete. Through the use of a variety of teaching techniques, I am able to create strong traces to enhance student engagement in learning about our environment.

Mrs. Putnam
Grades 3-5
  • Stephenson Elementary School
  • Stephenson, MI
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 7 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scotch Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches, Letter-Size • $36.88 3 $110.64
Velcro 1" x 75' Individual Strips Velcro Tape, Hook, White • $52.52 1 $52.52
Bug Catching Net • AKJ Education $7.26 6 $43.56
I Love Bugs! • AKJ Education $9.35 2 $18.70
Snug as a Bug in a Rug • Nasco $17.95 1 $17.95
Ink N Stamp Set - Bugs • Nasco $17.50 1 $17.50
Pattern Bugs • AKJ Education $16.53 1 $16.53
Bug Very Large Piece Puzzle • Nasco $14.50 1 $14.50
101 Science Poems & Songs for Young Learners Includes Hands-on Activities! • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Follow the Trail: Bugs • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
It's a Good Thing There Are Insects • AKJ Education $3.61 2 $7.22
Bugs! • AKJ Education $3.61 2 $7.22
Geosafari® Jr. Bug Viewer • AKJ Education $2.91 2 $5.82
Bugs Are Insects • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Bugs Level 1 • AKJ Education $2.25 2 $4.50
Some Bugs Glow In the Dark • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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