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Mrs. Halford from Wichita Falls TX is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

What's the PointIllism? A STEAM Project

My students need a toaster oven to reuse broken crayons and other items such as choppers and cutting boards to help us examine them.

  • $464 goal

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My Students

My students are always excited when they enter the classroom, especially on lab days. They enjoy hands-on activities, working in small groups and being able to explore with their peers. My goal is to provide my students with an engaging, fun and safe learning environment. My school is located in a low socio-economic neighborhood where 95% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Most of my students are faced with many challenges in the classroom and at home.

My Project

My students loved STEM time and looked forward to it weekly. This year with schedule changes there is NO built in time. I want to expand the way they've been used to having STEM time with just prompts and supplies. This year I would like to give them some more meaningful, real world experiences hand in hand with art creating STEAM.

I need to show my students that recycling and reusing everyday objects like crayons can be fun, exciting, and a "work of art".

My students will be researching how crayons are made, and then we will be remaking our own out of all the broken ones found throughout our school. Students will work in small groups to use the chopper to break the crayons into smaller pieces on the flexible cutting boards. The wax paper will be used to see how various colors mix with teacher assistance (of course) and an iron.

Students will also be able to make their own crayons by filling the molds, and I will help with the baking using the toaster oven, trays and oven mitts.

Lastly I want my students to create a beautiful work of art on a canvas that they can give to their families for Christmas. They will continue recycling the broken pieces of crayons by creating a holiday themed Pointillism piece using the tealight candles to heat the end of the crayons.

Mrs. Halford
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cuisinart CTG-00-SCHP Stainless Steel Chopper • Amazon Business $17.99 6 $107.94
Artlicious - 30 Classroom Value Pack - 8x10 Primed Canvas Panel Boards • Amazon Business $22.99 4 $91.96
Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors, 8" Bent • Amazon Business $3.15 12 $37.80
Black and Decker TO1313SBD 4-Slice Toaster Oven • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Stonebriar Long Burning Tealight Candles, 6 to 7 Hour Extended Burn Time, Bulk 200-Pack • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Pantryware Essentials DeliWaxPaper10-500 Deli Wax Paper, 10" x 10.75" (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Hamilton Beach 3 Piece Non-Stick Toaster Oven Baking Pan Set - 08364 • Amazon Business $15.01 1 $15.01
Homwe Silicone Oven Mitts and Potholders (4-Piece Sets), Kitchen Counter Safe Trivet Mats | Advanced Heat Resistant Oven Mitt, Non-Slip Textured Grip Pot Holders(Black) • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats set, Colorful Kitchen Cutting Board Set of 3 Colored Mats • Amazon Business $5.47 2 $10.94
JLHua 28-cavity Emoji Emotion Cake Mold Smiley Chocolate Candy Baking Mould Chocolate+Pink, 2 Pack • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29

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