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Mrs. Benson from Springfield MA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What a Character

My students need Post It Easel pads, name tag labels, and chart markers. They will be reading "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and practicing writing in their composition books while building vocabulary and writing skills.

  • $355 goal

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My Students

Our school is a level four low income middle school. We are stressed out and tested out. I push my kids hard and they never fail in performing to high expectations. I like to combat the stress levels by having fun and engaging reading projects where they have the opportunity to read books that they help choose and that they enjoy. These types of reading projects always engage the kids because they enjoy having input when selecting their reading materials. The students are always committed to the reading and writing projects and enjoy sharing what they're reading with other teachers, students, and admin. I love that they are fully invested in class and I love that they enjoy reading, writing, and creating.

My Project

Continuing to build on our Art of a Nation project, students will be switching gears to a new book and continue to stretch their writing by using the Painless Vocabulary and Writing series to improve their skills.

By reading "It's Kind of a Funny Story", students will learn how to craft engaging and entertaining characters.

They will begin to learn the value of keeping a reading journal where they can react to what they're reading as well as record ideas and inspiration.

They will use the Post It Easel pad and name tags to draw and create their own three dimensional characters while analyzing what makes a good character. They will learn about the different kinds of characters in fiction and how they all work together to move along the plot.

Mrs. Benson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's Kind of a Funny Story • Amazon Business $7.36 15 $110.40
Post-it Easel Pads 559VAD Self Stick Easel Pads, 25 x 30, White, 30-Sheet Pads (Case of 4 Pads) • Amazon Business $71.24 1 $71.24
Mead Composition Book, College Ruled, 100 sheets, Pastel Colors, 12 PACK • Amazon Business $21.86 1 $21.86
June Gold 72 Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm HB #2 Lead, 2 Lead Dispensers /w 220 Refills & 16 Refill Erasers, Break Resistant, Convenient Side Click & Soft Non-Slip Grip • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 2 Packs of 8 Total of 16 Markers • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Name Tag Labels Hello My Name Is Identification Colorful School Office Stickers 1 Roll/ 200 Stickers • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Painless Writing (Painless Series) • Amazon Business $9.01 1 $9.01
Painless Vocabulary (Painless Series) • Amazon Business $8.34 1 $8.34

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