More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Adding Up To A Brighter Future!
My students need hands-on math materials, like 10 calculators, a base 10 set, magnetic number lines, color counters, colored links, and a classroom money kit.
Help us gain independence! Math skills are essential to independent living. Help us learn important skills such as counting the proper amount of money to hand to the cashier at the drug store or adding and subtracting to see if we have enough clean socks to last until laundry day.
We are a class of middle school boys with moderate to severe special needs.
We attend a public charter school in a high-poverty, high-crime neighborhood.
We love music (Maklemore, Michael Jackson), wrestling (John Cena, Andre the Giant), cartoons ("Adventure Time", "Courage the Cowardly Dog"), video games ("Super Mario Brothers," "Portal"), and soccer. We spend our school day learning functional academic skills through hands-on activities, learning life-skills that will enable us to live and work independently as adults, and learning about our disabilities so that we can educate others and advocate for our needs. We love helping the environment and earning money for classroom cooking projects by running a recycling program. We also love helping our school by mentoring the kindergarteners and maintaining our school garden.
This equipment will help us conceptualize basic skills through hands-on activities and to access technology commonly available today. Many students with special needs have trouble learning through traditional methods and need hands-on materials in order to make progress.
Money will help us learn to count and complete basic functions with dollars and coins, as well as how to budget. Two-sided counters will help us with addition and subtraction, as well as positive and negative numbers. Stacking and linking counters will slow down students who miscalculate due to counting too fast, helping them gain accuracy. Base 10 blocks will help us understand skip counting, place value, volume and area. Number lines will help us understand number value, addition, subtraction, skip counting, fractions, and decimals. Calculators will help students who make counting and/or memorization errors gain accuracy and familiarize us with the technology which is ubiquitous in our society.
Basic math skills are crucial for independent living.
You use them daily - counting change for a drink from a vending machine, adding and subtracting hours and minutes so you will get to work on time. Adults with weak basic math skills often have trouble with budgeting and time management which can have consequences as severe as debt and job loss. With your help, we will gain a strong foundation in these skills so that we can be successful, independent adults!
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