Help Develop Quality Learning in the Mathematics Classroom!
Help me give my students supplies to make vocabulary study card sets along with a chance to use anchor charts and dry-erase pockets, both of which were used once in class with success, but with very limited supply.
Our district is identified with 85% minority students, (majority Hispanic). We have approximately 100 students per grade level here at elementary school We are a 3rd - 5th grade campus and our area is mostly farm/agriculture based.
We have bright and amazing students who generally hold much appreciation for the opportunities that are provided for them and their family through school.
We also have a great number of students who speak English as a second language, so ways to create visuals, and keep materials organized is a major help.
I have three ideas that I need additional supplies to create. The first is personal mathematics vocabulary cards for each unit throughout the year for each student, that can be kept and used to STAAR prep. To use this as intended, we need cardstock paper and metal rings - one large per student, and 6-8 small rings - to create the various study units for the year. Along with this is the color dots which we use for tabs in our math journals to keep our units organized.
The second classroom learning skill I have found effective is the use of anchor charts, with teams in my math class.
I had one set left over from another year, and kids used them to display their different strategies of how to multiply 2-digit numbers earlier this year. These "stick" to the wall and are a constant reminder to the kids, (as their own creation), of all the different strategies they can use to solve. I would like to continue this learning process, this one usage has left me with no remaining necessary materials for future math activities.
The third classroom learning idea is the use of dry-erase pockets and markers/eraser sets. I was once given a set of 5, but it is not enough for a classroom set. I make many charts, grids, and tables to teach students how to organize their work in math, such as a place value chart written inside a long division box, to teach division with place value, or a format to keep ideas organized on finding common denominators when adding/subt. fractions. Being able to place these sheets inside a dry-erase pocket would not only save time for me, but would encourage frequent usage of given formats with the students.
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