Please help our 2nd grade class in a Title I school! In our curriculum, Math in Focus, concepts are taught moving through a sequence of concrete to pictorial to abstract. Concrete learning happens through hands-on activities with manipulatives such as base ten blocks. Currently we don't have enough.
My class is 26 wonderful 7 and 8-year-old students.
The vast majority are English Language learners who came from all over the world. I have students originally from West Africa, Somalia, El Salvador, Mexico, Vietnam, China, and America. While our differing cultures and languages provide richness in the classroom they also bring many challenges. Concrete materials could help lessen the problems created by the language gap. Concrete materials would literally get math into the students'ÃÂ hands. When a student can build the numbers they are working with and physically carry out the mathematical operations, the language gap will not prevent students from learning mathematics.
My students need three sets of base ten blocks, Interlocking, Giant Magnetic and Simple Magnetic, to aid in mathematical conceptual understanding. You might ask why base ten blocks so vital to our classroom. Well, students who use manipulatives in their mathematics classes usually outperform those who do not. Manipulative use also increases scores on retention and problem solving tests. They also help students develop conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas by representing the ideas in multiple ways. Attitudes toward math are improved when students have instruction with concrete materials. Concrete materials are also valuable resource tools for engaging students in the language and communication of mathematical ideas and concepts.
My goal is that all my students not only learn procedural mathematics but gain conceptual understanding of 2nd grade mathematical skills.
These skills will be the foundation for all the math they build upon for the rest of their schooling careers. Due to the high needs and majority ELL population in my class, as well as school, these students are at very high risk of falling behind in mathematics. If my students build a strong foundation they won't fall behind but rather will thrive.Read More
|Learning Resources - Interlocking Base Ten Class Set • Teacher's School Supply Inc.||$99.99||1||$99.99|
|Learning Resources - Giant Magnetic Base Ten Set • Teacher's School Supply Inc.||$21.99||1||$21.99|
|Dowling Magnets - Magnet Math Base Ten Magnets • Teacher's School Supply Inc.||$5.95||1||$5.95|
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