Their Wish Is My Command - Theater, Art, and Games
My students need dry-erase markers, foamboard, Crayola model magic, an x-acto knife with blades, suspenders, berets, and a laser math game.
I asked my students what they wanted most for our classroom. They wrote persuasive essays defending their choices, and then I tallied the most popular items. Theater materials, visual arts supplies, and a laser game topped the list. When my kids speak, I listen and try to deliver what I can.
My fourth graders live in a working class and immigrant neighborhood.
Most of them are learning English as a second language, some have special needs, and all of them love to learn. Our Title I school is an important safe haven for my kids, who are surrounded by poverty and gang activity.
My kids love doing theater and want to do a variety of activities that relate to stage production. First, they want to make dioramas to simulate our possible stage settings. For this, they need foam board, x-acto knives, and Crayola Model Magic clay. They will practice their math skills as they carefully measure out their boards. Then they will paint the background and add figures that they sculpted from the clay.
They also want to build up our costume inventory--a few sets of suspenders and berets will be a good start. When they're finished trying on costumes and making mini-sets, they'll relax with the new colorful markers and a round of the laser chess game, Khet.
My kids have spoken, and I hope we can deliver.
With your generous donation, our classroom will thrive with engaging hands-on activities as the students build their stage sets, play games, and don their theater costumes. My students and I thank you!
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