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Mr. Van Lunen from Oakland CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Algebraic Differentiation

My students need colored paper, highlighters, file boxes, hanging file folders, envelopes, clips and markers.

  • $441 goal

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My Students

Do you remember struggling with math? Or being bored because it was too easy? Many students grow to hate math because the classroom is taught towards the average skill level, but if presented with an achievable challenge, a math passion develops to lead the next generation.

Our school is lacking funding therefore does not have the ability to appropriately give out mass colored paper and highlighters.

My students are also unable to provide such resources because of their high poverty background. My students are extremely diverse. Among them they speak 35 languages and their backgrounds are rich. Their diversity also comes in terms of skill level. Although my students are motivated to succeed, some struggle with single digit multiplication while others are bored in class when I present them with word problems.

My Project

Because of the large range of skill levels in my classroom, it is of utmost importance to differentiate my instruction so that I can challenge the high skill level students and motivate the low level students in addition to meeting the needs of the average student. By sorting assignments by their difficulty using a color coded scheme, students will be able to choose the level of difficulty that suits them and track their progress towards new heights. We need colored paper, highlighters, file boxes, hanging file folders, and markers to create this new system

In high poverty areas, children are too often pushed through the system that do not have the skills to master math in the next grade.

On the other hand the high skill level students are left to low expectations and never see college-ready level challenges. Differentiation solves BOTH of these issues by providing scaffolding and motivation to the low kids, while challenging the high kids.

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Mr. Van Lunen
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 126 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FILE BOX PORTABLE LETTER SIZE • ABC School Supply, Inc $11.39 1 $11.39
MARKER SHARPIE 12 COLOR SET FINE SET OF 12 • ABC School Supply, Inc $9.49 1 $9.49
STAPLER 545 ECONOMY DESK • ABC School Supply, Inc $8.02 1 $8.02
CLIP MAGNETIC 1.25'' PACK OF 24 - SCHOOL SMART • ABC School Supply, Inc $8.35 1 $8.35
Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Canary • Quill $8.54 3 $25.62
Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Green • Quill $8.54 3 $25.62
Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Pink • Quill $8.54 3 $25.62
HIGHLIGHTER SCHOOL SMART PINK PACK OF 12 • ABC School Supply, Inc $4.74 4 $18.96
HIGHLIGHTER SCHOOL SMART GREEN PACK OF 12 • ABC School Supply, Inc $4.74 4 $18.96
HIGHLIGHTERS YELLOW PACK OF 12 • ABC School Supply, Inc $4.74 4 $18.96
ENVELOPE CLSP 10X13 28#BN • ABC School Supply, Inc $11.39 1 $11.39
Pendaflex SureHook Colored Hanging Folders Letter Size • Quill $17.54 2 $35.08
FILE TOTE 50 LB. CAP. 14-1/8''X18''X10-13/16'' BK W/ CLEAR LID • ABC School Supply, Inc $17.75 1 $17.75
FILE TOTE 50 LB. CAP. 14-1/8''X18''X10-13/6'' BE W/ CLEAR LID • ABC School Supply, Inc $17.75 1 $17.75

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