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Ms. Taunton from Springdale AR is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Thinking Critically, Creatively, and Financially Using Think Boxes

Help me give my students practice critical thinking and financial literacy by sorting and classifying a variety of materials.

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My Students

I have the privilege of providing enrichment services for 19 Kindergarten and 1st grade classes at two elementary schools in a rapidly growing school district. These bright, capable students are smart and creative and need new challenges daily. The students come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and a majority of these students are English language learners. As the next generation of leaders and innovators they need to develop critical thinking skills and financial literacy skills needed to participate in the United States' Economic system. By learning and practicing both critical thinking and financial literacy skills, students are better prepared to become productive citizens as adults.

My Project

Both of my schools serve students who fall into the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum additionally, a large percentage of the students are English Language Learners. Many of these students don’t have the experiences or language development their more affluent peers enjoy. This puts these students at a disadvantage. This project will provide experiences that will foster growth in critical, creative, and financial thinking, and vocabulary development. Using quality children’s literature and hands-on lessons will provide students with opportunities to practice and grow these skills. The materials provided through this grant coupled with materials already available in the classroom will allow instruction to move from paper/pencil to hands-on learning for years to come.

Think Boxes will be created for use in enrichment classes.

A Think Box contains materials for students to sort and classify, create something new, or practice their financial literacy skills. Each box will contain an assortment of objects for the students to use to answer a variety of challenges. Each Think Box will have a different set of materials in it. One will contain twist nuts, bolts, wing nuts, and washers. Another Think Box will have an assortment of different counters in it (dinosaurs, garden critters, sea & farm animals, and motor vehicles. Other Think Boxes will contain buttons, coins, shapes cut from poster board and fun foam, tiny erasers, small found objects for art projects. Each box will come with a set of challenges on laminated cardstock specific to each box. Challenges could include, create a collage using the materials in the box, demonstrate 4 ways to make a dollar using the coins, or sort the buttons using two of the attributes Frog and Toad used. After the Think Box enrichment lesson, classroom teachers can check out the boxes for continued use.

Ms. Taunton
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 425 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aviditi M542 Corrugated Mailer, 5" Length x 4" Width x 2" Height, Oyster White (Bundle of 50) • Amazon Business $28.26 2 $56.52
S&S Worldwide AX822 EVA Foam Sheet Assortment (Pack of 78) • Amazon Business $27.38 2 $54.76
Canon PG-245XL/CL-246XL Ink/Photo Paper Pack, Compatible to MX490, MX492, MG2522, MG3020,MG2920,MG2924,iP2820,MG2525 and MG2420 • Amazon Business $53.96 1 $53.96
Frog and Toad are Friends • Amazon Business $3.99 11 $43.89
Learning Resources LER3341 Under the Sea Ocean Counters • Amazon Business $20.83 2 $41.66
Crystal Clear Thermal Laminating Pouches - Pack of 200 Sheets (9" x 11.5") • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Learning Resources Back In Time Dinosaur Counters • Amazon Business $18.64 2 $37.28
Learning Resources In the Garden Critter Counters • Amazon Business $17.32 2 $34.64
Learning Resources Mini Motors Counting and Sorting Fun Set, Set of 72 • Amazon Business $17.19 2 $34.38
Hilitchi 100-Pcs M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 Wingnut Butterfly Wing Nuts Assortment Kit, 304 Stainless Steel • Amazon Business $15.87 2 $31.74
Learning Resources Friendly Farm Animal Counters, 72 pieces • Amazon Business $13.69 2 $27.38
Astrobrights Cardstock Paper, 65 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Cosmic Orange, 250/Pack (22851) • Staples Advantage $20.49 1 $20.49
Ruddman Supplies - SAE Standard Assorted Nut and Bolt Hardware Set with Hard Plastic Organizing Case - 240 Piece Set • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Qty 200 File Card Laminating Pouches 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 Hot 5 Mil Laminator Sleeves • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
158PCS Electrical Wire Connectors Screw Terminals,with Spring Insert Twist Nuts Caps Connection Assortment Set • Amazon Business $9.59 2 $19.18
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Martian Green, 250 Sheets • Amazon Business $17.93 1 $17.93
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm, Gamma Green, 250 Sheets/Pack (22741) • Staples Advantage $17.49 1 $17.49
Astrobrights Color Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb./176 gsm, Solar Yellow, 250 Sheets/Pack (22731) • Staples Advantage $17.29 1 $17.29
Guard4U 500Pcs Stainless Steel Flat Washers Assortment Kit, for M2 M2.5 M3 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 Screws Bolt • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Rocket Red, 250 Sheets (22841) • Amazon Business $15.28 1 $15.28
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Fireball Fuchsia, 250 Sheets (22881) • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Neenah Astrobrights Premium Color Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, Re-Entry Red • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
975 Supply - 10 Mil Business Card Laminating Pouches - 2-1/4" x 3-3/4" - 500 Pouches • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Wausau Paper 22721 Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb / 176 gsm, Lunar Blue, 250 Sheets • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Terrestrial Teal, 250 Sheets (21855) • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Neenah Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", Heavy-Weight, White, 94 Brightness, 300 Sheets (91437) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Astrobrights Cardstock Paper, 65 lbs, 8.5" x 11", Planetary Purple, 250/Pack (22871) • Staples Advantage $10.15 1 $10.15
Frog and Toad are Friends • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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