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Mrs. Murphy from Manassas VA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Word Workin' with My Hands

Help me give my students tangible word work experiences that build fine motor skills.

  • $307 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are the best students I could ever ask for. They come to school each day with the desire to learn and succeed. It isn't easy for them, most are learning English as a second language, eat only when they are at school and have missed out on many of the experiences other children their age have had but they don't let that stop them! My 19 students are determined to overcome the odds and be all they can be!

What my students lack in tangible goods, they make up for ten-fold in creativity, perseverance, and heart.

They are clever, hard-working, and considerate. They love to "get their hands dirty" and explore learning rather than listen to me talk. They learn best when they are allowed to discover, apply, and think in depth about topics.

My Project

As children learning English as a second language, my students need extra practice with words that aren't spelled as they sound. These words are often tricky for them to remember how to read and spell.

We are requesting tangible word work experiences that build fine motor skills.

Adding a tactile, physical action to the activity helps the brain remember it better. Offering my students manipulatives, such as snapping cubes, clothespins, and patterns blocks allows them to move pieces into the shapes of the letters. They can strengthen fine motor skills by using materials such as the clothespins and beads. Some materials also offer a different sensory options, such as the play doh, wax sticks, and LEGOs. For other students who need something more straight forward, I can laminate cards that allow them to trace with dry erase markers. Having these multiple approaches goes a long way!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer with 12 Plastic Drawers • Amazon Business $72.93 1 $72.93
Didax Educational Resources CVC Unifix Letter Cubes (Set of 90) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Learning Resources LER6402 Lowercase Lacing Letters • Amazon Business $19.19 1 $19.19
Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes, Educational Counting Toy, Early Math Skills, Set of 100 Cubes • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Base Plates 5"x10" Variety Baseplates for Brick Block Building Compatible all Major Brands Blue and Green Baseboard (6-Pack) • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
OUNONA 40pcs Wooden Clothespins Durable Clothes Pegs Pins, Colorful photo clip, 2.9 Inch (Random Color) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Lewo 130 PCS Wooden Pattern Blocks Geometric Shape Puzzles Classic Educational Toys Tangrams Set for Kids with 24 Design Cards • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
AmazonBasics Letter Size Sheets Laminating Pouches 9 x 11.5in, 100-pack • Amazon Business $10.67 1 $10.67
Building Blocks 250 Pieces Set, Building Bricks Creative DIY Interlocking Toy Set Random Colors Mixed Shape ABS Puzzle Construction Toys Set for Kids and Toddlers (250 PCS) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Educational Insights AlphaMagnets- Color-Coded Lowercase (42 pieces) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
JPSOR 800pcs Letter Beads Black Alphabet Beads for Jewelry Making with Colorful Letters for Kids DIY Bracelets, Necklaces, Children's Educational Toys, Handmade Gift • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
WikkiStix Rainbow Pak • Amazon Business $3.78 2 $7.56
Play-Doh Party Bag Dough (15 Count) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Creativity Street Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners 12 Inch x 6mm 100-Piece, Black • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
U Brands Low Odor Magnetic Double Ended Dry Erase Markers With Erasers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 6-Count • Amazon Business $4.83 1 $4.83
Darice Mor Multi Perfect for Craft Vibrant Fun Colors – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home and More – 4 1/2” Long, 120 per Pack, Pieces (4.5 Inch), Multicolored • Amazon Business $3.41 1 $3.41

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