My awesome second graders come from a very low socioeconomic background with some falling below the poverty line. They are mainly English language learners (80%), and many of them live in homes which house multiple families under the same roof.
On average, 2 or 3 students in my classroom are considered homeless and struggle to find suitable housing.
They qualify for assistance through The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Some of my students are latchkey children. Some of these seven- and eight-year-olds have the sole responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings while their parents are working. Many of their parents have more than one job.
Our school is Title I and 80% of the children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. My children have extremely limited access to technology in their homes, yet, with all these obstacles, my students come to school with much enthusiasm and an eager desire to learn. As a teacher, I am very passionate about bringing STEAM to my classroom on a weekly basis. I feel that STEM provides students with the 4 C's: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication.
Grasping mathematical concepts poses a challenge for many second grade learners. It is even more difficult when students must learn how to regroup 2 and 3 digits during addition and subtraction. This is why I am asking for these amazing Digi-Blocks. According to the website, Digi-Blocks are a teacher-tested, hands-on way to teach math for deep understanding. Based on the nested design, all of the blocks pack into each other, only holding 10 blocks at a time and the "smart box" only closes when there are 10 blocks inside. This self-correcting feature eliminates the need to recount or trade. Not only can Digi-Block instill a profound understanding of number sense, it does it fast, elegantly modeling all four arithmetic operations through a place value-first approach.
Digi-Block is the only manipulative that grows with the students.
Each increasingly sophisticated mathematical topic is modeled by Digi-Block's nested blocks. As learners move on to new concepts they always see the link to past topics. Digi-blocks can be used in learning about the value of money by adding and subtracting with regrouping. I am also asking for 3 Place value counters & mats and a teacher guide to enhance learning while facilitating my students while using these special Digi-Blocks. Will you help our students become proficient at math with these amazing Digi-Blocks?
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