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Ms. Cosgrove from Jamaica Plain MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Great Race

Help me give my students hands-on, play-based materials and books to help them connect to our school wide theme of Ancient China. We're going to learn about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac!

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My Students

Our classroom is filled with inquisitive energy and laughter. There is a wonderful balance of high academic standards, mixed with dancing, community building and of course the most important thing in kindergarten: PLAY.

My students are kind to one another and, because of the diverse nature of their peers' needs, they support each other eagerly and thoughtfully.

We function as a family-- a home away from homes that are sometimes filled with trauma, uncertainty, and loss. We do not allow put-downs​ in our class community, thereby creating a safe and sacred learning environment that supports risk-taking, perseverance and kicking in your best effort in everything you do. My young scholars approach learning tasks with a great deal of gusto and they do not take anything for granted. There is no time for boredom in our classroom; we keep the learning moving! Our curricula is filled with age-appropriate studies of physics & balance, sculptors, ecology, awareness of cultures and issues of social justice. Our school was founded by parent and community grassroots activists who dreamed of better opportunities for children of color.

My Project

Our school has three school-wide themes each year and the theme for winter is Ancient China. Naturally, we want to consider ways to make this theme connect to three-year-olds in an engaging and culturally relevant way, while delivering appropriate content about a country most of our students have never visited.

We will be teaching our students about the stories of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

There are some wonderful books we've selected about "The Great Race" and we're excited about using maps and materials to ignite their imagination! We will also be using puppets, dramatic play and other hands-on activities that will engage them and teach them about Chinese culture.

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Ms. Cosgrove
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 13 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Toob S660104 Chinese Zodiac • Amazon Business $15.00 2 $30.00
Shayier China Intangible Cultural Heritage - Chinese Color Handmade Paper-Cut (Zodiac) • Amazon Business $24.00 1 $24.00
Inflatable Political World Globe with Accurate Map of Country Borders - Teacher and Student Supplies • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Learn Mandarin Chinese with Our Music Book of Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers & Babies; Bilingual Baby Book with Pinyin; Sound Board Book for Kids & Children; Interactive Musical Toy for Learning Chinese. • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Auihiay 49 Pieces Chinese New Year Decoration for 2020 Spring Festival, Include Red Envelopes, Chinese Red Lanterns, Chinese Knot, Fu Character Wall Stickers Decorations and Paper Cut • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
12 Chinese Animal Zodiac Silicone Mold Horoscope Bakeware Baking Cookie Cake Pastry Chocolate Brownie Candy Butter Jello Ice Cream Tray • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Bememo 3D Chinese New Year Dragon Garland Hanging Decoration (4.92 Feet) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Little Rat and the Golden Seed: A Story Told in English and Chinese (Stories of the Chinese Zodiac) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
National Geographic Kids Beginner's World Atlas, 4th Edition • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Chinese Language and Culture (My First Book Of...-miscellaneous/English) • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
My First Mandarin Words with Gordon & Li Li • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
IFfree 84 Pack Double Dragon Chinese Good Luck Coins,Shui I-ching Coins,Mixed 5 Differern Chinese Dynasty Time Coin,A Big Value,Special gift(7 Dozen) • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Chinese Zodiac Animals • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Chinese Origami for Children: Fold Zodiac Animals, Festival Decorations and Other Creations: This Easy Origami Book is Fun for Both Kids and Parents • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Origami Paper Double Sided Color - 200 Sheets - 20 Colors - 6 Inch Square Easy Fold Paper for Beginner • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Living in . . . China • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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