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Mrs. Hiskey from Kannapolis NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Changing the Way Math is Taught

Help me give my students games, puzzles, and number sense activities to insure that they learn numbers and values so that their ability to count and use money can grow.

  • $459 goal

This project expired on January 24, 2019.

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My Students

For the majority of my students, coming to kindergarten was their first experience away from home and especially with school. My school is an A+ Arts Magnet Public School, meaning that students will learn math, reading, science and social studies with a technology, art, dance, and music integration. This helps make learning much more interesting, even when it's difficult and helps to bring in other students to our low-income community.

The entire school is a Title I school that receives free breakfast and lunch.

We are trying to give these kids what they need.

I want my students actively trying new and difficult learning activities, rather than shying away from them. My top priority is to make learning a positive experience for every student so that they believe they can be successful. But, this presents a problem when resources are limited.

My Project

One of the main mathematical concepts that K students learn during the beginning of the year is all about numbers... what are they, what order they go in, what they consist of, and so much more. If these crucial details are not mastered initially, teachers see the consequences build as new concepts get layered on top of the holes in the bedrock foundations. For example, a student can't be expected to learn to make sound choices about spending and saving money if he/she hasn't learned to count to 100 and the value of numbers 1-100.

Using the requested hands-on games, puzzles, and activities daily in fun, guided learning opportunities, will give each of my students the opportunity to conquer and become prolific in their number sense skills.

By using the number puzzles, students should be able work on their counting ability, number sequence, and even number values. The translucent counters and numbers will be a wonderful way for students to work on matching number amounts with numbers on our classroom light table. I plan for students to use our magnet board along with the jumbo magnetic ten frames and the magnetic coins to build and see the progression from ones/pennies to nickels to dimes, so that they can begin to see the link between numbers and money. Ultimately, all kindergarten students have to learn number recognition, sequence, and value. For 5 and 6 year olds, the best way is a play format. The Counting Cows, Zinga 1-2-3, Snack Number Pops, Count & Link Elephants, Number Rockets, and other games will support my students' abilities of understanding the relationships of numbers and quantities.

Ultimately, I want my students to master these skills and feel confident in their numerical abilities. You can help them with these pivotal skills that will be crucial to their financial future.

Mrs. Hiskey
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP186 - Lakeshore Number Rockets • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
GA920 - Ten-Frames Class Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
EE784 - Sift & Find Number Shells • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
DD936 - Let’s Go Fishing Counting Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
LC127 - Unlock It! Number Match • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
DD764 - Count and Link • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LC471 - Jumbo Magnetic Ten-Frames - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Think Fun Zingo 1-2-3 Number Bingo Game for Age 4 and Up - Award Winner and Toy of the Year Nominee • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Number Pops, Set of 10 • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
Learning Resources Counting Cows Toy Set, 20 Pieces • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Math for Love Tiny Polka Dot • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Learning Journey Match It! - Counting - Self-Correcting Number & Learn to Count Puzzle • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Wooden Number Puzzles With Storage Box (40 pcs) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Imagination Generation Professor Poplar’s Wooden Numbers Puzzle Board – Learn to Count with Colorful Chunky Numbers • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
DD136 - Magnetic Coins • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
LC582 - Translucent Counters • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
LC589 - Translucent Numbers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Learning Resources I Sea 10! Game • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48

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