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Mrs. Smith from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Concrete Math for Solid Foundations

My students need hands-on experiences with basic numbers and operation skills in order to build a proper foundation of math-related skills. Many students are lacking concrete experiences with counting and basic addition or subtraction. Ten-frames, pegboards, dice, and "Learning Locks" will help!

  • $380 goal

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My Students

We are a diverse public school located in a South Oklahoma City neighborhood that serves Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade students. Teachers welcome 515 smiling faces to their classrooms each day and approximately 60% of these students receive free or reduced lunch. We often lack funding to make necessary updates to our classroom manipulatives, games, and other necessary materials.

We recognize that sometimes our students are lacking experiences with academics and it is our job to eliminate this deficit!

We consider it our joy and our privilege to teach, we just need a little help from the community to get all the resources that we need, but more than that, these are resources that our students deserve.

My Project

Many of my students are lacking concrete experiences with counting and basic addition or subtraction. I want my students to have hands-on, real-life experiences with numbers and operations. This project will provide my students with engaging opportunities to learn and practice number sense and addition/subtraction basics.

A worksheet isn't enough to teach students why 2+2=4, they need hands-on materials to deepen their understanding.

When students have a strong foundation built on reasoning instead of rote memory, they are much more likely to use and appropriately apply their math skills to solve real-life problems. We want to build students' math fact fluency with concrete examples of addition and subtraction. Dice, games, ten-frames, and "learning locks" are all powerful tools to build this concrete understanding of numbers.

Ten-frames will help students visualize the different ways to make groups of 10 and build the foundation for the concept of base 10 numbers or the basic understanding of place value. Simple addition pegboards and "Snap and Slide" number bonds will also allow students to visualize addition problems and provide a hands-on way to solve them. Learning locks and "Build a House" materials are a fun, engaging way for students to practice simple addition and subtraction facts.

These materials will help my students practice and master basic math operations as well as build a solid foundation to solve more complex math problems. Most importantly, these materials will be available for every grade level and teacher to use as needed. Your donation helps the whole school, not just my classroom!

Mrs. Smith
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP969 - Build-A-Number Houses • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
TT655 - Simple Addition Pegboards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
GG607 - Hands-On Number Bars Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
DD267 - Snap & Slide Number Bonds - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 2 $39.98
LC133 - Addition Learning Locks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $36.99 1 $36.99
LC134 - Subtraction Learning Locks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $36.99 1 $36.99
RR632 - Ten-Frames Activity Dice • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
RA639 - Jumbo Double Dice • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99

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