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Mrs. Berry from Broken Arrow OK is requesting classroom basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding Academic Success After Behavioral Challenges

Help me give my students effective small group math instruction to fill education gaps caused by behavioral challenges and inconsistent instruction.

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My Students

I teach in a program specifically for children with severe emotional or behavioral disorders. These students have been unsuccessful in traditional classrooms and have exhausted all special education and behavior interventions in their local school. The pandemic has only exacerbated both behavioral and academic challenges for my students.

My self-contained behavior program serves only elementary school students, but many of the youngsters have already been turned away or expelled from multiple schools.

By the time they leave my classroom, I want my students to have all the academic and social skills required to rejoin a general education classroom. Currently, half the students in my classroom have been able to transition into at least a partial day with their general education peers, but they are struggling with education gaps from previous behavioral challenges and other related disabilities. Covid has only worsened these difficulties.

My Project

In my multi-age classroom, small group instruction is essential to keep all students working at an appropriate level. My largest request will be a mobile easel for small group use. This can be used as a whiteboard or to store and display the requested anchor charts and writing utensils. I have also requested a magnetic grid to use on the whiteboard for graphing and geometry.

Lecture and paper worksheets are not effective teaching methods for students with communication/language disorders.

My students are fluent readers with little to no comprehension because background vocabulary, such as positional language, is missing.

With the items on this list, children will build academic math vocabulary by seeing, manipulating and measuring monkey yarn, straws, connectors and Anglegs. They will see why multiplied fractions become smaller while multiplied whole numbers increase. They will practice using positional language as they build and create geometric shapes.

In addition to language gaps, my students have also missed significant instruction time due to problem behaviors. As students fall behind academically, they often act out to avoid academic challenges or the embarrassment of working below grade level. These behaviors then lead to further missed instruction affecting the entire classroom. This disruption then leads to bigger learning gaps and more work avoidance. A vicious cycle is born. Covid has only worsened this cycle.

I must now use every moment in the classroom to fill education gaps quickly and effectively. To this end, I have requested manipulatives to teach number sense, basic geometry, fractions, money skills, and academic vocabulary in relevant and engaging ways. Storage containers will hold our new materials and match my existing storage system.

Mrs. Berry
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DG204 - Heavy-Duty Mobile Teaching Easel • Lakeshore Learning Materials $449.00 1 $449.00
hand2mind AngLegs Classroom Kit with Protractors, Explore Angles, Shapes, and Geometry, Triangle Geometry, Math Manipulatives, Shape Geometry, Geometry Resource, Montessori Math (6 Sets of 72) • Amazon Business $52.39 1 $52.39
GA920 - Ten-Frames Class Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
RAINBOW TOYFROG Straw Constructor STEM Building Toys 300 pcs Interlocking Plastic Educational Toys Engineering Building Blocks -Construction Blocks- Kids Toy for 3-12 Year Old Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
LC198 - Giant Magnetic Graph Array Chart • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PP949 - Positional Words Resource Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Vtopmart Clear Plastic Pantry Organizer Bins, 6 PCS Food Storage Bins with Handle for Refrigerator, Fridge, Cabinet, Kitchen, Countertops, Cupboard, Freezer Organization and Storage, BPA Free, Medium • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
Vtopmart Clear Plastic Pantry Organizer Bins, 6 PCS Food Storage Bins with Handle for Refrigerator, Fridge, Cabinet, Kitchen, Countertops, Cupboard, Freezer Organization and Storage, BPA Free, Small • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Pacon PAC3373 Heavy Duty Anchor Chart Paper, 1" Grid Ruled, 24" Width, 32" Length, 25 Sheets • Amazon Business $21.89 1 $21.89
LC888 - Lakeshore Starter Cash Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98
Pacon® Chart Tablet, 24" x 32", 1" Ruled, 25 Sheets • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Impresa Products 500 Piece Pack of Monkey String (Jumbo Pack) - Bendable, Sticky Wax Yarn Stix, 6 inch Wax Sticks in Bulk - Great Toys for Home and Travel, 13 Colors • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
GG588 - Multiplying Fractions Hands-On Student Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99
Sharpie Permanent Markers | Chisel Tip Markers, Colors may vary • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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