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Ms. Niemela
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Extreme Math Makeover

My students need individual hands-on sets of Cuisenaire Rods so that concepts in fractions, percents, and decimals become meaningful, easy, and fun!

My Students

Save us from worksheets and textbooks! We future mathematicians have a thirst for colorful visuals, hands-on models we can manipulate and explore, and activities that entertain and help us understand and explain how math really works in the world!

Many of my students come to me below grade level at math and with a great deal of anxiety about it!

With the right tools, however, I am able to help students overcome their hesitation, master math concepts, and see their place in the world! My students are a great group of children who live in a low-income, urban setting in southern California. Many come from hard-working, struggling families. My students' success is largely due to the use of proven teaching techniques that are effective for all learners--especially English language learners which make up the majority. The other huge factor in their success is their motivation, and understanding that their learning is tied to life outside the classroom: past, present, and most importantly, future! My classroom is structured on the belief that all students deserve a quality education and can achieve! We just need support getting the materials we need to make learning engaging and effective for all students!

My Project

I am requesting hands-on Cuisenaire Rod kits to build conceptual understanding of place value, fractions, decimals, and percents. I can use these colorful rods to plan and provide a multitude of activities designed to strengthen everything from basic skills to difficult, high-level concepts. These supplies will make instruction of abstract concepts such as equivalent fractions (3/4 = 9/12) easier for ALL struggling learners to understand. By having these resources accessible for them to see and touch, I can reinforce learning in ways that keep their interest. These math tools will also prepare my students to succeed in the new Common Core standards which will require students to not just come to a correct answer, but explain and demonstrate their knowledge conceptually.

Help my students become master mathematicians by getting them excited and experienced!

Many students may avoid math because they feel they are "not good at it." As adults, we know the importance of math understanding in everyday living. With the right combination of teaching techniques, motivation, and resources, much progress can be made to master, enjoy, and use math in their future careers! Your support will be the difference in their lives!

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Bulk Plastic Cuisenaire® Rods • Nasco $264.95 1 $264.95

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 31 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by JPMorgan Chase and 6 other donors.

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