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Ms. Peto from Kent WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Build a Math Sandwich

My students need 41 math literature books that correspond with our 11 math units for the year as well as one All-Purpose Teacher Organizer to store the books.

  • $765 goal

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Literature and math go together like peanut butter and jelly. I have a wonderful group of 3rd grade students, over 50% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch, with a 25% ELL population. They are a very active students who thrive on a creative and engaging curriculum.

As I go through the 11 units in our math curriculum I want my students to understand how each topic might apply to real world situations. There are books recommended by our math curriculum as well as others I've found in my searches. Using appropriate literature I can provide them with schema before and/or during the lessons that allows their brains to "hook" into the learning.

For example, one of the books I hope to acquire through this grant is about fractions. Two alligators are trying to figure out how to fairly divide up pieces of one pie as more and more animals arrive to share the tasty treat. While they want to be polite, they also realize their shares are getting smaller and smaller. When I borrowed this book from the library last year and read it to my students as we began the unit on fractions, we referred back to it over and over again as we approached new topics. They could see that pie in their minds and realized that a larger denominator actually meant a smaller piece of pie. I want my students to build those connections with every unit.

Having these books in our classroom will give my students a reference for their learning and a way to apply it to something more real than what they see in their math journals. The math that we have is good, just like jelly. But the peanut butter - the literature - will make it even tastier and will help the learning stick with my students longer. Thank you for helping us build a math sandwich using literature and math.

Ms. Peto
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Math For All Seasons Greg Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
How Big Is a Foot? Rolf Myller, Susan McCrath • Barnes and Noble $4.05 1 $4.05
Counting on Frank Rod Clement, Rod Clement (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain Food Greg Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Mashed Potatoes: Collecting and Reporting Data Nancy Harris • Barnes and Noble $20.51 1 $20.51
Grapes of Math Greg Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
It's Probably Penny Loreen Leedy • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Measuring Penny Loreen Leedy • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Big Buck Adventure Shelley Gill, Grace Lin (Illustrator), Deborah Tobola • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Great Estimations Bruce Goldstone • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Working with Fractions David A. Adler, Edward Miller (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
2 x 2 = BOO!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories Loreen Leedy, Loreen Leedy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Cheetah Math: Learning about Division from Baby Cheetahs Ann Whitehead Nagda, With San Diego Zoo • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Twelve Snails to One Lizard Susan Hightower, Matt Novak, Matt Novak (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Sea Squares Joy N. Hulme, Carol Schwartz, Carol Schwartz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Math War: Multiplication Game Cards Staff of School Zone Publishing Company • Barnes and Noble $2.51 13 $32.63
Songs That Teach Multiplication Ken Carder, Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Tunes That Teach Multiplication Facts: 12 Lively Tunes and Hands-On Activities That Teach Times Table: Grades 2-5 Marcia Miller, Martin Lee • Barnes and Noble $10.79 1 $10.79
Amazing Animals: Multiplying Multidigit Numbers by a One-Digit Number with Renaming Orli Zuravicky • Barnes and Noble $20.25 1 $20.25
12 Ways To Get To 11 Eve Merriam, Bernie Karlin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Cache of Jewels (World of Language Series) Ruth Heller • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Week of Weather: Learning to Collect and Record Data on a Pictograph D. J. Cortland • Barnes and Noble $28.75 1 $28.75
Each Orange Had 8 Slices Paul Giganti, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Remainder of One Elinor J. Pinczes, Bonnie Mackain (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
One Hundred Hungry Ants Elinor J. Pinczes, Bonnie Mackain (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
A Million Fish...More or Less Patricia C. McKissack, Dena Schutzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.77 1 $13.77
How Much Is a Million?, Vol. 1 David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
If You Made a Million David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry Cindy Neuschwander, Bryan Langdo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes Tana Hoban, Tana Hoban (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Shape up!: Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons David A. Adler, Nancy Tobin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Where We Play Sports: Measuring the Perimeters of Polygons Greg Roza • Barnes and Noble $7.24 1 $7.24
Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Lunch Money Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fraction Action Loreen Leedy, Loreen Leedy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Fraction Fun David A. Adler, Nancy Tobin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Math Curse Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Anno's Magic Seeds Mitsumasa Anno, Mitsumasa Anno (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
An Egg Is Quiet Dianna Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Ostriches Thane Maynard • Barnes and Noble $24.36 1 $24.36
Temperature Alan Rodgers • Barnes and Noble $25.38 1 $25.38
TT927 - All-Purpose Teacher’s Organizer • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95

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