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Ms. Alvarado from Streamwood IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What is Money? How Do We Use It? Why Do We Use It?

My students need realistic money, educational money actives, and high interest books/incentives to buy with their money.

  • $301 goal

This project expired on May 22, 2015.

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My Students

I teach functional academics and skills, which include teaching real-life financial situations. Unfortunately, these situations are difficult to replicate in a self-contained special education classroom with so many different needs.

I teach a self-contained, bilingual, special education class of 14 first, second, and third graders.

My students are all Spanish speaking English language learners with cognitive impairments and/or other developmental disabilities who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Many are first generation Americans. The children range in ability- from those who are developmentally at a two year old level to those who are beginning to read and write. In the classroom we focus on "functional academic skills." Functional skills include: Life Skills, Academic Functional Skills, Community Based Learning, and Social Skills. The goal is for our students to be as independent as possible. Community Based Learning is where we most often focus on the financial aspect of functional skills. Monthly we take community trips where the students pay for items themselves.

My Project

The students will use the Allowance games to learn about earning money, which they will then start to do by completing their weekly classroom jobs. That money will be saved in their wallets (zip pencil cases) and can be used to buy high interest books that they will be able to take home (supporting family literacy). The books I am requesting will be priced differently so the students will have to plan ahead on how much they need to save. This project is two-fold. As I mentioned, monthly the students are able to take their money skills into the community. We use the "one up" method for paying, where students pay one more dollar than requested and then hold out their hand for change. However, this is difficult to continue in the classroom. Currently I use real coins to teach values, but we do little with dollars. With realistic bills and real coins, we can "play" store and practice the "one up" system in the classroom in addition to the community.

My goal for my students is for them to be productive and independent.

To lay the foundation for financial independence students needs to understand what it is to save money, and how to successfully buy items. Some of my students will learn what money is and what it represents, while others will learn to plan ahead, and others may be able to begin to independently pay for items in the real world.

Ms. Alvarado
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Complete Money Kit • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
BAZIC Bright Color 3-Ring Pencil Pouch w/ Mesh Window, 6 pcs • Amazon $10.28 3 $30.84
LC1279 - The Allowance Game® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
PP279 - The Allowance Game® - Single License CD-ROM • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
Avery White Marking Tags Strung, 1.75 x 1.093-Inches, Pack of 1000 (12204) • Amazon $10.53 1 $10.53
JJ396 - Money Bingo • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Ojala Fuera un extraterrestre • AKJ Books $2.05 3 $6.15
Bunny Money (Paperback) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.94 1 $5.94
CD - Tom & Jerry qaltrapame si Puedo • AKJ Books $1.50 3 $4.50
Hecho En Mexico • AKJ Books $2.75 1 $2.75
El viaje submarino de Dora (Dora SP) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
El otono (Fall) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Conejos y conejitos • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
La Gran Carrera de ponis (Dora SP) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Le estrella mas brillante (Dora SP) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
My Spanish Book of Shapes • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Cuidemos a Nuestro Conejito Nuevo (Care of Our Rabbit) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Tale of Peter Rabbit (Spanish) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
El verano (Summer) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
El perrito caliente tonto • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Del renacuajo a la rana (From Tadpole to Frog) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Saltar, brincar, correr (Hop, Skip, Run) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Samuel, lo siento • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Mantenerse feliz (Staying Happy) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Saltar, brincar, correr (Hop, Skip, Run) • AKJ Books $2.50 1 $2.50
Todas Las Cosas Radiantes y • AKJ Books $2.25 1 $2.25
Soy Del Tamano Correcto • AKJ Books $2.25 1 $2.25
Los hechizos de chela • AKJ Books $2.10 1 $2.10
La mejor mascota (The Best Pet Yet) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
El gusto (Tasting) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Cuidemos a Nuestra Nueva Tortuga (Care of Our Turtle) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
El tacto (Touching) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
El olfato (Smelling) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Mantenerse feliz (Staying Happy) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Matar los germenes (Killing Germs) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
La Suelta de Globos • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Tina La Alta • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Mantenerse limpio (Staying Clean) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
El Misterio Del Queso • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Cuidemos a Nuestro Geco Leopardo Nuevo (Care of Our Gecko) • AKJ Books $2.05 1 $2.05
Un dia soleado (A Sunny Day) • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
Un dia lluvioso (A Rainy Day) • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
Un dia con viento (A Windy Day) • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
Lee Y Descrube - Dinosaurios 50 Stickers • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
Un dia nublado (A Cloudy Day) • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
Un dia lluvioso (A Rainy Day) • AKJ Books $2.00 1 $2.00
CD - Tom & Jerry Que esta cocinando • AKJ Books $1.00 2 $2.00
Clases de ropa • AKJ Books $1.50 1 $1.50
Como Hacerse Parte Del Rodeo • AKJ Books $1.00 1 $1.00

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