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Ms. Kattenhorn
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

My students need hands-on activities, such as puzzles and a U.S.A Magnetic Map, to help them learn state and national geography.

My Students

Do you know the way to San Jose? Is it a city, a state, or a country? My students have a hard time grasping this concept of political/governmental geography, and putting together map puzzles will give them a chance to explore our state and country with their hands and minds.

My 4th graders attend a K-5 school at the base of the eastern foothills of Silicon Valley.

My students tend to be from the lower end of the socio-economic scale, and we have a high minority population. These students may be termed "disadvantaged youths," but our school tries its hardest to provide as many advantages as possible to help them develop into contributing community members.

My Project

My students don't get to travel much, so they don't get to experience geography in person. Trying to grasp the concept of geography has proved difficult; a globe, worksheets, and "interactive" online maps just haven't done the job. But then I remembered how I really learned, by putting together map puzzles! Putting the state or country together, piece by piece, will provide them an opportunity to really begin to understand the divisions of the country, and learn the layout of the state. And they will have fun in the process!

Let's give my students a fun, hands-on way to learn about where they live.

After all, we know the way to San Jose! Let's make sure they know all the ways they can reach their home in California.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ravensburger Stow & Go - Puzzle Accessories • Amazon $17.15 4 $68.60
California Jigsaw Puzzle, 1000-Piece • Amazon $15.99 1 $15.99
GeoPuzzle U.S.A. and Canada - Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (69 pcs) • Amazon $14.99 1 $14.99
TDC Games USA Shaped Puzzle Roadtrip America Puzzle • Amazon $14.01 1 $14.01
Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 pcs Floor Puzzle • Amazon $12.99 1 $12.99
Sunsout Sun & Fun California 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle • Amazon $12.28 1 $12.28
The Kid's USA Jigsaw Puzzle • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99
ATA-BOY Ata-Boy U.S.A Magnetic Map • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99

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This project will reach 75 students.

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