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Ms. Burdge from Nipomo CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Empowering and Electrifying Instruction

Help me give my students the materials they will need for engaging novel studies and exciting math instruction next school year!

  • $539 goal

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My Students

My students have been very enthusiastic about their willingness to learn and their desire to become better students. Almost the entire class at the beginning of the year made it their goal to earn a higher GPA than they did last school year.

I am new to teaching elementary education, and unfortunately do not have all of the materials necessary in my classroom.

I am very excited to help my students be as prepared as possible to move on to Middle School next year!

My Project

Through this time of school closures, I have been able to read many books and articles about best teaching practices. After reading "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had" I am inspired to make math instruction more vibrant, engaging, and student-led in my classroom.

I am striving to create instruction that students are interested in and excited about!

Through the use of manipulatives, I hope that the students in my class will build their conceptual understanding of the math topics in 5th and 6th grade, not just procedural understanding. Specifically, the geoboards, power polygons, and three-dimensional figures will help students explore the attributes of shapes and figures! Blockhead will help students to see that being a mathematician does not simply involve following a prescribed set of steps, but rather exploration and experimentation! I hope that these materials will begin to help my students change their mindset and view of math.

Additionally, as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher next year, I would love to be able to add some engaging novel studies for my 5th-grade students! Over the last two years, I have used novel studies to teach my 6th-grade students about reading skills, proper grammar, and text features. They have loved the engaging narratives and memoirs! I hope to read My Side of the Mountain, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Number the Stars with my 5th graders! I already know they will love learning about survival in the mountains of New York, a clever and inventive boy in Malawi, and a courageous girl during World War II.

Ms. Burdge
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.19 15 $122.85
Number the Stars • Amazon Business $5.79 15 $86.85
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $3.39 15 $50.85
Learning Resources Classpack Geoboards, 7 Inches, Set of 10 • Amazon Business $23.00 2 $46.00
Learning Resources Power Polygons, Early Geometry Skills, Polygon Shapes, Fraction Overlay, 450 Pieces, Ages 5+ • Amazon Business $31.17 1 $31.17
Learning Resources Folding Geometric Shapes, Geometry/Math Helper, 16-Piece Set, Ages 7+ • Amazon Business $19.42 1 $19.42
Learning Resources View-Thru Geometric Solids, Geometry Helper, 14 Pieces, Ages 8+ • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59

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