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Mrs. Maestas from Santa Fe NM is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands On Math

Help me give my students some materials to extend their math, and problem solving, science, and building skills.

  • $188 goal

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My Students

I have a wonderful and diverse first-grade class. I have students with IEP's, English Language Learners, gifted students, and everything in between. Each of my students enjoys coming to school, and during a daily transition activity they often tell me that school is their "happy place." I teach at a Title I school where many students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. My students are a huge part of my heart, and I strive to make a difference in their lives. We are a family in our classroom, and I am on a mission to help each student a become a lifelong learner.

My Project

I have a wonderful group of first graders who seem to love math the most when I provide materials for them to explore with. These toys were each hand-picked to work on the specific needs of my students.

These manipulatives will allow my students to learn the math and problem solving skills that they need to be successful in first grade through their play.

I have seen a tremendous amount of growth in my students learning since my manipulative area has grown. I hope to add more materials and see my students grow and enjoy our learning groups even more.

The engineering blocks set will allow my students to utilize their measurement and fine motor skills to design. The straw and connectors will work on problem solving, fine motor. measurement, counting and addition as I will ask them to keep track of what they are using to create their final product. I am excited about the ten frames as this is an area my students struggle with and these mats will make it fun to study how to make a 10.

These materials will add much needed materials to my class that will help my students be as successful as possible.

Mrs. Maestas
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ETI Toys | STEM Learning | Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set for 3, 4 and 5+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Creative Fun Kit | Best Toy Gift for Kids Ages 3yr - 6yr • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Play Straws Set - 800 Piece Toy Straw Connectors for Creative Building - Educational STEM Toys for Boys & Girls • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Skoolzy Educational Preschool Building Toys - 97pc Kids Construction Engineering Tool Set | Learning Tinker STEM Toys for Boys & Girls Nuts & Bolts Blocks for Kids • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Learning Resources LER6644 Giant Magnetic Ten-Frame Set, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Learning Resources LER3799 Write & Wipe Fact Family Boards • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Play-Doh Party Bag Dough (15 Count) • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89

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