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Ms. Stedman from Memphis TN is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Math Off the Page With Manipulatives!

My students need personal dry erase boards & markers, algebra tiles, tangrams, 3D solids, geoboards, and math puzzles to advance their conceptual understanding of math.

  • $1,302 goal

This project expired on May 3, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine attempting to wrap your mind around how to divide fractions without the underlying understanding of what, exactly, fractions are. My students face such academic obstacles daily when they are presented with rigorous, PSAT-aligned sixth grade math instruction and don't have laurels to rest on.

My students come from one of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in our city and are members of the inaugural class of a college preparatory charter middle school.

As sixth graders, the majority of our scholars began the year reading below a third grade level and unable to perform basic mental math. Scholars attend school from 7:30-4:30 each day, including 6 hour-long academic periods. Each night, scholars complete 1-2 hours of homework to support their academic growth. All daily school activities are aligned with our mission of preparing 100% of our scholars for success in middle school, high school, AP classes, and college.

My Project

As this is our first year in existence as a school, we lack an arsenal of supplies and materials from which to pull items to support lessons. In order to bridge the gap between my students' current levels of mathematic understanding and where I want them to be at the end of the year (on-track to be ready for AP math in high school) I need to be able to provide my students with the hands-on math experiences they need to fill in their gaps in understanding as quickly as possible. My students are working incredibly hard to master sixth grade skills without the benefit of in-depth understanding of elementary math skills and they do not have the days, weeks, or months to spare that it would take to completely re-teach them the basics of mathematics. Placing physical examples in scholars hands to support the content being taught in a given lesson is the fastest way to remediate correct past misunderstandings that are holding scholars back.

With conceptually-rooted math manipulatives, the budding mathematicians will be able to fill in the gaps in their understanding of math without wasting any time on their path to success in AP classes and college.

Ms. Stedman
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 90 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
RUBBER BANDS 5 COLORS • School Specialty Inc. $9.49 1 $9.49
BOARD DRY ERASE DOUBLE SIDED X Y AXIS • School Specialty Inc. $4.74 30 $142.20
MARKERS DRY ERASE CAP ERASERS LARGE SET OF 4 • School Specialty Inc. $4.74 40 $189.60
LAP BOARD EXPO • School Specialty Inc. $4.34 30 $130.20
MARKER DRY ERASE EXPO LOW ODOR 8-CLR SET OF 8 • School Specialty Inc. $9.02 10 $90.20
PLASTIC GEOBOARD-CLASS PK/10 ST • School Specialty Inc. $23.74 3 $71.22
CARDS TANGRAM PATTERN SET OF 16 • School Specialty Inc. $4.85 1 $4.85
TANGRAMS SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty Inc. $18.99 1 $18.99
GEO SOLIDS MINI SET/32 • School Specialty Inc. $11.39 8 $91.12
SHAPES LARGE PLASTIC GEO SOLIDS SET OF 10 • School Specialty Inc. $27.54 1 $27.54
0921 FOLDING GEOMETRIC SHAP EA • School Specialty Inc. $33.24 1 $33.24
TILES ALGEBRA CLASS SET • School Specialty Inc. $94.99 1 $94.99
BOOK ALGEBRA PUZZLES GRADE 6-8 80 PAGES • School Specialty Inc. $13.29 1 $13.29
NUMBER BALANCE SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty Inc. $18.99 1 $18.99
BOOK PRE-ALGEBRA DAILY SKILL BUILDERS • School Specialty Inc. $12.34 1 $12.34
COORDINATE GRAPHING HIDDEN PICTURES BOOK • School Specialty Inc. $12.34 1 $12.34

Materials cost

$960.60

Vendor shipping charges

$96.06

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.41

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$1,106.07

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$195.19

Total project goal

$1,301.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,301.26

3 Donors

-$1,301.26

Donations toward project cost

-$1,106.07

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$195.19

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$0.00

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