My classroom is located in Washington state at a Title One school. Students at my school are hardworking, kind, eager individuals. Many students are first and second generation citizens from Africa, South America and Asia. About forty-two percent of students qualify for English Language Learner services, but up to fifty percent of students speak a language other than English in the home. Our differing cultures, backgrounds, economic statuses and languages provide richness in the classroom, but we also face challenges. One challenge is that we are incredibly underfunded. At our school, eighty-three percent of our students qualify for free or reduced price school lunch.
There are so many experiences and learning opportunities I wish I could have with our students if only I had the means.
There have been several studies that show how effective manipulatives have been in increasing mathematics achievement.
Before students can really understand mathematical concepts deeply they must actually experience or "do" the situation; manipualtives make the "doing" possible.
Manipulatives help students learn by allowing them to move from using concrete materials to deeper abstract thinking. Manipulatives have been found to help with verbalizing mathematical thinking, discuss mathematical ideas and concepts, relating real-world situations to math, and to work collaboratively.
Please help put manipulatives into the hands of my students. The manipulatives I'm asking for are dice, play money, cards, and containers to store the dice in. Thank you in advance for your support.
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