Our school is in the rural area of Western North Carolina and is surrounded by farmland. Our school serves a wide variety of students from socioeconomic statuses. While some of the students live in large homes with a traditional family unit, there are many students that live in apartments and come from homes with split families. No matter their home situation, all of my students love to come to school.
My students are excited to come to school each and everyday!
They are inquisitive, creative, and friendly. They love to read and learn through hands-on projects. They love collaborating with one another as we grow, learn, and create together. My students love to help one another, and we have a very warm, friendly classroom environment as a result.
This early math manipulative library would put manipulatives in the hands of each of my students so that they could have concrete math experiences as we work our way through various math concepts. Students would use these manipulatives to follow along during whole-group lessons and to play games or complete stations during independent time.
We would be able to use these manipulatives all throughout the year and all throughout our math curriculum!
The unifix cubes, linking cubes, and math links would be used to practice early counting skills and would later be used to make groups of tens when studying place value.The double sided counters would be used to spill a quantity of counters and look for combinations to build an understanding that numbers can be made many different ways (building a foundation in addition and subtraction). The pattern blocks, one inch color cubes, jumbo buttons, and geometric foam shapes would give students opportunities to explore the properties of shapes as well as put shapes together to compose new shapes. The plastic coins and paper money would help students identify money and use it to practice counting correct amounts. The dominoes, number tiles, and foam dice could be used in a variety of games all throughout the year and curriculum. The storage rack would be very helpful to keep it all organized and accessible as well!
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