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Mrs. Cope from Sharpsville IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of Play With Morning Bins

My students need engaging materials for our morning bins to start their morning of learning. These materials will provide them with the opportunity to collaborate, problem solve, and use their creativity to think outside the box.

  • $430 goal

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My Students

I teach first grade in a small, Title I school. My students walk into our classroom each day excited to begin a new day of learning! Every boy and girl in our classroom brings different life experiences and talents to our classroom. They may all come from different backgrounds and life experiences, but they all have strive to do their personal best each day.

I have 15 first graders who would love this opportunity to explore and engage the world around them!

My Project

In our classroom, every minute counts! It is important to start the day off by engaging students' minds. I want my students to start each morning off by completing morning bins. These morning bins are an engaging and exciting way to begin each school day! To help engage students and excite them about science, technology, and math, I am looking to include high interest and high quality items in our morning bin boxes.

These items will not only provide my first graders will an opportunity to create, imagine, explore, and work on fine motor skills, but will also provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with other boys and girls in our classroom.

I am a firm believer in how play promotes and fosters learning and development in young children. There is also a large amount of research that supports play-based learning in young children. Play is not only fun, but supports a child's educational and social development. Our classroom morning bins will not only allow students to freely interact and play with peers, but also develop creativity, exploration, and life long learners.

Resources, such as the Tinkertoys, Brain Flakes, and the Interlox Discs, will give students the opportunity to engineer things from their imagination, build fine motor skills, and work together with other peers. The Bristle Building Blocks and the Bunchems will provide students with sensory stimulation while also providing connections to math, science, and engineering. In addition to items that will engage boys and girls in math, science, and engineering, the Alphabet letters will foster exploration and discovery in reading, phonics, and writing. All of the various items that will fill our morning bins will engage the creativity of the boys and girls in our classroom, and will foster peer relationships.

Mrs. Cope
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Goobi 300 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet | STEM Learning | Assorted Rainbow colors • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
New And Improved Connectics Magnetic Play Tiles 3-D Tiles 100 Piece Set With Durable Carrying Case Educational, Inspirational, Recreational • Amazon Business $49.49 1 $49.49
Bristle Building Blocks Toy, ihoven 112 PCS Educational Bristle Building Tiles Blocks Set Bristle Stacking Construction Toys Kit for Toddlers and Kids - ABS Safety Plastic - Delicate Gift Box • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
ETA hand2mind Interlocking Plastic Unit Cubes with Storage Tub (Set of 500) • Amazon Business $24.91 1 $24.91
TINKERTOY ‒ 100 Piece Essentials Value Set ‒ Ages 3+ Preschool Education Toy • Amazon Business $24.49 1 $24.49
Toddler Toy Aphabet Magnetic Letters Numbers and Symbols Educational Toys and Teaching Aid for Preschool Kids 80 PCS with Bucket • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Brain Flakes Building Toys for Kids | Educational STEM Toys Plastic Disc Set | Non-Toxic Plastic Building Toys, Best Building Toys for Kids | Extra-Large 500-pc. Plastic Discs Set • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Bunchems - Jumbo Pack • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Guidecraft Interlox Discs - 96 Piece Set Interlocking Construction Toy • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Guidecraft Interlox 96-Piece Set • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Connects Chain Link Pieces (950 pieces) • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41

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