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Mrs. Ritchie from Canoga Park CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Math and Science Through Cooking

My students need cooking tools. In addition to the usual cooking amenities, my students need some modified cooking equipment such as an electric can opener, choppers, and modified peelers.

  • $429 goal

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My Students

My students are all students with Autism. They range in grade from ninth to tenth but they are all on the Alternative Curriculum. In addition, they are all considered Intellectually Disabled and some have further issues such as speech and orthopedic challenges. They are on a general education high school campus and are in a self-contained Autism classroom for all academic subjects. The school is primarily Hispanic and has an overall low socioeconomic status.

Imagine a classroom lesson that incorporates science, math, self-help, and social skills all in one.

This is my goal for my class. I want my students to learn through hands-on exploration that will not only teach them functional academics, but will help them succeed in life. Currently, our district has an alternative curriculum program that incorporates cooking activities each month to reinforce concepts and engage students. I am unable to complete these activities as we lack cooking equipment, and many of my students require adaptive equipment such as an electric can opener or a push chopper for safety and due to orthopedic impairments.

My Project

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

― Aristotle

The materials and supplies that I am requesting for my students will enhance both their academic and vocational education. The pots and pans, knives, cutting mats, and mixing bowls will be the staples we need to begin a cooking-based academic curriculum. The measuring implements will be the tools used to enhance the students' mathematical skills. The choppers, peelers, electric can openers, and mixers will be the adaptive tools that help my students with orthopedic impairments to independently create their own culinary masterpieces.

The donations to this project will help to improve my students' mathematical, scientific, and life skills.

By cooking as a means of instruction for math and science, my students will begin to truly understand the concepts they are learning. My students tend to learn best by actually performing the task. We will use these materials to gain an understanding of addition and measurement as well as chemical changes. We will also use these materials to aid us in the process of becoming independent adults who are able to prepare our own meals at home. The few times I have personally funded culinary learning, I have found that the students are excited and engaged in the activity. With these materials, my students will be able to develop a sense of accomplishment and pride that math and science worksheets just cannot offer. Any help to make this dream a reality would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Mrs. Ritchie
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set; 2 Saucepans and 2 Dutch Ovens with Glass Lids, 2 Fry Pans and 5 Nonstick Cooking Utensils; Oven Safe • Amazon Business $50.00 1 $50.00
Zalik Vegetable Chopper Slicer Dicer Cutter & Grater - 11 Interchangeable Stainless Steel Blades - Heavy Duty Multi Fruit Cheese & Onion Chopper Dicer Kitchen Cutter • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
ZESPROKA Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids, Measurement Lines & Non-Slip Silicon Bottoms, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Ovente Multi-Purpose Immersion Hand Blender Set – 300-Watts, 2-Speed – Stainless Steel Blades and Detachable Shaft – Includes Food Chopper, Egg Whisk, and BPA-Free Beaker (24 oz) – Silver (HS585S) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Color Knife Set - Top Stainless Steel Knife Set - Gift Set in Box by LeDish™ - Includes Chef, Bread, Slicer, Santoku, Utility, Paring Knife - PLUS Magnetic Strip and Professional Sharpener • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Ninja Express Chop Food Chopper, Grey (NJ110GR) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener, Black • Amazon Business $16.81 1 $16.81
Vegetable Peeler, Julienne Peelers and Slicer 2 in 1 Blade Dual Fruit Potato Cutter Slicer for Making Salads and Veggie Nolles with Brush Color:Sliver • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups, 6-Piece, Black • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Hamilton Beach 62682RZ Hand Mixer with Snap-On Case, White • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
BLACK+DECKER Lightweight Hand Mixer, White, MX1500W • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Vremi Apple Peeler Corer Slicer Machine with Vacuum Suction Base - Cast Iron Rotating Spiralizer Apple Peeler for Countertop with Stainless Steel Blades for Apples Fruit Vegetable or Potato - Red • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
SET OF 4 - 6 1/2 Inch Wide Stainless Steel Flat Rim Flat Base Mixing Bowl • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Fox Run 4826 Measuring Spoon Set, Plastic, 6-Piece, White • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
CounterArt Flexible Cutting Mat with Food Icons, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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