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Mrs. Gray from Dry Ridge KY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Mathematicians and Reading Wizards

My students need math manipulatives that create stronger number sense, sequencing, operations, and subitizing strategies. They also need read aloud trade books that coincide with our fundamental reading lessons (setting, character, plot, and various genres).

  • $325 goal

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My Students

Located in Grant County, Kentucky, our school is home to children from many different socioeconomic backgrounds.

We are a Title 1 school with 72% of students on free or reduced price lunch.

My classroom is home to 21 first graders (10 girls/11 boys). Although the students range from a high to low socioeconomic background, they all do an amazing job of working together and helping one another when needed. We refer to our classroom as a family because we share so much love and respect for one another.

In our classroom, we do a lot of partners "turn and talk time" to engage students and incorporate higher-order-thinking. They have learned how to start conversations and respond to others using great manners. We practice this daily at our morning meetings as we greet one another.

My Project

Having trade books and math games accessible to students will allow for fun learning opportunities in our classroom. The trade books will help integrate our fundamental reading strategies we're teaching as the lessons taught will come from the stories. We have units such as character, setting, plot, main idea, problem/solution, and cause/effect. Each story will be used at the beginning of a different unit to teach a new story element or introduce a new genre. For example, the, No David, books will be used during our charter unit. They will explore the different character traits and reflect upon the traits David shows and how they make him feel. The trade books will help develop a stronger literacy foundation, in which they can build upon and encourage a love for reading.

The math games will help them master number sense, sequencing, operations and encourage greater math fluency.

Each morning, students spend quite a bit of time in stations with a small group of peers. This is a great time of day to allow students to play games to reinforce the skills they have been learning in class. Students of all levels will be able to play these games in a collaborative setting, so they will be able to teach and learn from their peers.

This project will help students become more fluent and gain deeper understanding of the literacy and math skills they've been learning in class.

Games are a fun, enriching way to reach students at their greatest learning needs, but also allows for positive socialization with their peers. Thank you for helping me making learning fun in our classroom!

Mrs. Gray
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Pop For Addition & Subtraction Game • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Sequence Numbers • Amazon Business $19.89 1 $19.89
OCEAN RAIDERS math game – STEM toy to learn addition and number sequencing – Gift for boys and girls age 4 and up – Just know upward counting to start • Amazon Business $17.98 1 $17.98
Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game, 8 Pieces • Amazon Business $16.09 1 $16.09
Tiny Polka Dot • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
My Apron • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
The Adventures of Taxi Dog • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
David Gets In Trouble • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
David Goes To School • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
Learning Resources 10 on the Spot, Ten Frame Game • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Learning Resources I Sea 10! Game • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Learning Resources POP for Word Families Game • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
ZAP!® Learning Game • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
100th Day Worries • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush • Amazon Business $7.73 1 $7.73
Rumpelstiltskin • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Toot & Puddle • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Goldilocks and the Three Bears • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Three Little Pigs • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
The Legend of the Bluebonnet • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Apples • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures) • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
Math War Addition and Subtraction Game Cards • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99

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