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Mrs. Korbakis from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Thorne Miniature Rooms: Reading, Writing, and Creating

Help me give my students books that take place at the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. After reading and visiting the exhibit, students will write, create with LEGOs their own stories.

  • $470 goal

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My Students

My urban 3rd graders are mostly English language learners. They are very motivated to learn and need many experiences to build their content knowledge and academic performance. Throughout the day, they need to be exposed to learning experiences that engage them, especially in the areas of reading and writing.

They need meaningful reading and writing experiences to help them build their reading and writing skills, strengthen their confidence, and demonstrate their creativity as they work in teams to write and create their own miniature room stories.

My Project

My students need experiences where they can connect their learning in and out of the classroom. It's especially important for them because they are English learners and most read below the 4th grade reading level. With these books, students will read in small groups the story, Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone where 2 students shrink to experience the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute. It's an adventure story students will love and will get to experience on a field trip to see the exhibit.

After reading the story and visiting the Thorne rooms, students will work in teams to write a story and create a miniature room of their own with the LEGOs.

The stories will then "come to life" as students work to create scripts and reenact the story for families and friends.

Mrs. Korbakis
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 30 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $47.99 4 $191.96
The Sixty-Eight Rooms (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) • Amazon Business $6.29 9 $56.61
Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago • Amazon Business $45.00 1 $45.00
Strictly Briks Classic Baseplates 10" x 10" Brik Tower 100% Compatible with All Major Brands | Building Bricks for Towers, Shelves and More | 6 Baseplates & 50 Stackers in Blue Green & Gray • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Windows and Doors Brick House Building Set (Over 500 Pieces), Unique Build Styles Exclusive to This Set - Works with All Major Brands • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
The Pirate's Coin: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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