My fifth-grade math classroom is a part of a Title I school in Eastern North Carolina. We have amazing students who are constantly seeking opportunities to apply their learning to real world and current events.
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After going through our fifth grade set of calculators, there are more than half in which the displays are distorted, causing the students to not be able to read the calculator screens accurately. We use our calculators fifty percent of our class period to practice how to compute math problems. Half of our end of grade state assessments are calculator active (we are actually allowed to use the calculator) and the other half is calculator inactive. After having the students do their math computation by paper and pencil, they are taught how and allowed to check their answers on the calculators.
We currently do not have enough calculators that work effectively for each student to practice using their own.
This is more of a struggle on state assessment days when the entire fifth grade is taking a math test at the same time. Being able to provide each student with their own calculator will assist them in learning current math skills, prepare them for future math skills and help in teaching responsibility and taking ownership of their belongings.
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