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Mrs. Durga from Kimball MN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Great Social Studies Experiment: Bringing Textbooks to Life

Help me give my students a variety of locks, backpacks, and UV writing materials to create "Breakout" learning activities that will enable students to unlock their social studies knowledge.

  • $240 goal

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My Students

My students are wonderful, hard working, rural community children. They have a great amount of compassion for one another. I have repeatedly seen them help out a friend who struggles in class. They enjoy STEAM challenges and working in groups. I have seen collaboration help them grow as individuals. Throughout second grade I have watched them grow from crying over failures to congratulating the merits of an idea. They do not give up easily and I love that about them. I look forward to adding to their experience in third grade.

My Project

Time and time again I have seen my students struggle to navigate informational text. Creating research projects that involve using informational text has helped somewhat, but lacks the engagement that helps to make the content stick with students. Many of you will have heard of Escape Rooms, where participants must solve puzzles in order to escape a room. With the backpacks, locks, and UV writing materials I have requested, my goal is to create “Breakout” kits in which my classes will have to solve social studies themed puzzles, using textbooks and other informational materials in order to find the combinations and breakout of my classroom challenge. Through this I hope to bring the excitement the students have for science into the social studies classroom.

Though I am getting these Breakout materials for social studies, I will also be able to use the same supplies in all other content areas.

Breakout kits can be used for absolutely anything from art to math and language arts.

Mrs. Durga
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ORIA Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock Set, Metal and Plated Steel Material for School, Employee, Gym or Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet and Storage, Pack of 2 • Amazon Business $9.78 3 $29.34
Master Lock 1535DWD Set Your Own Word Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Master Lock 1500iD Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.98 3 $23.94
Pack of 6, Laminated Solid Steel Padlocks Hardened Shackle, Heavy Duty Lock with Shackle, Wide Body Keyed Alike Laminated Steel Pin Tumbler Keys Included Outdoor Security Lock • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Master Lock Lockout Tagout Hasp, Vinyl Coated Steel Hasp, 1-1/2 in Jaw Clearance, 421 • Amazon Business $4.75 3 $14.25
Optimal Shop 6 Pack UV Ultra Violet Blacklight 9 LED Flashlight Torch Light Outdoors Etc (6 Pack) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Pangda 9 Pack Gel Filter Colored Overlays Correction Gel Light Filter Transparent Color Film Plastic Sheets, 11.7 by 8.3 Inches (Red) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Classic Traditional Solid 17 Inch Backpacks with Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Classic Traditional Solid 17 Inch Backpacks with Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Classic Traditional Solid 17 Inch Backpacks with Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
MaleDen Invisible Ink Pen, 2018 Upgraded Spy Pen Invisible Ink Pen with UV Light Magic Marker for Secret Message and Kids Halloween Goodies Bags Toy (6pcs) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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