The cost of various math manipulatives including snap cubes, unifix cubes, tangrams, and algebra tiles from Nasco and Delta Education is [price], including shipping and [fulfillment].
At Lee Mathson Middle School in Alum Rock, East San Jose, I teach eager but low-performing eighth graders who score far below their peers in higher income areas. My students lack a conceptual understanding of mathematics necessary to succeed in high school and beyond.
But why? From an early age, they have been taught to copy, memorize, learn rules, but not to think critically about the meaning of mathematics! I want to give my students a HANDS-ON experience with mathematics, especially those pre-algebra concepts so fundamental to their success in high school and beyond.
Research has shown the best way for students to learn math concepts is to use manipulatives. Meaningful learning comes from touching, seeing, and feeling. Too often in today's "high-stakes" testing, overemphasis is placed on writing, drill-practice, and rote procedure.
Manipulatives are essential to any math class, but are especially needed in classrooms where students depend on them for learning new concepts. Students can master a concept such as converting fractions to decimals with corresponding block patterns. The procedure of finding averages becomes meaningful when leveling towers. With practice and confidence, students can eventually solve such problems without physical objects.
I want to provide my students with the following math manipulatives: (1) snap cubes, (2) unifix cubes, (3) tangrams, and (4) algebra tiles. Additionally, I am requesting an overhead set of some of these items to lead classroom activities. Please help my students get the hands-on experience with mathematics they missed out on.
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