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Ms. Ellis from Bakersfield CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Suspense, Intrigue, ... and Literacy

My students need motivational stickers that are specifically tied to our classroom theme, which requires a sticker machine and paper, as well as color ink.

  • $348 goal

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My Students

"SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED" flashes across the screen. The countdown begins: 120...119...118. Will you break the code in time? My English Language Arts classroom uses the motivational techniques and terminology of a top-selling video game, all in the name of student engagement.

Today's children are growing up in a society that emphasizes instant gratification and ready-access to devices that think on their behalf.

As a result, they can struggle with finding the determination and putting in the hard work required to increase their skills and abilities in English Language Arts. What if we could co-opt the dynamics of the digital world to forward their education as well?

My Project

My students love video games! The immediate feedback and regular reward for achievement drive them to persevere and put forth their best effort, qualities that they need in order to be successful in and out of school. To capitalize on my students' love of all things video games, I have designed an alternate-reality game to be played out in the classroom in support of the curriculum. We will use the requested sticker-crafting machine, ink cartridges and sticker cartridge refill to create stickers to simulate the feeling of seeing "high score" announcements pop up on their game consoles. Students keep track of their stickers, such as three perfect scores in a row, and leveling up, by placing them over squares on an achievement page.

The achievement page serves as a physical reminder of their academic success.

This helps tap into the intrinsic motivation that improves student engagement, participation, and success. Once students feel that they know what they are doing, their confidence helps them put in the hard work and determination that is necessary for success in the future.

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Ms. Ellis
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP - 61XL High-Yield Ink Cartridge - Cyan/Magenta/Yellow • Best Buy Education $30.95 5 $154.75
Xyron XRN900 9-Inch Creative Station Multi-Function Crafting System • Amazon $64.58 1 $64.58
Xyron Acid-free Permanent Adhesive Refill Cartridge for the XRN900 9-inch Creative Station, 40-feet • Amazon $20.19 1 $20.19

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