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Mrs. Wichael from Pahrump NV is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Jumping Off the Page - Math Symbols that Move

Help me give my students a die-cutting system as well as magnetic tools that will enable them to represent and make sense of number concepts more tangibly.

  • $566 goal

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My Students

I teach resource mathematics classes at the high school level. Our district has a high level of need, with all schools in our community currently eligible to offer free lunch and breakfast to all students. Although it can be difficult to learn in light of such need, my students work hard and respond well to differentiation through the use of manipulatives as well as technological tools.

Being able to bring print off the page and make it tangible is one of my favorite ways to make the connection between numerical, algebraic, and geometric concepts that are more often presented only on paper.

This can be a crucial strategy when a student just isn't getting the gist of a concept. I've done this with like terms, shapes, and counting depending on the need, and I would like to be able to access appropriate tools and materials more effectively as the need is observed.

My Project

Struggles with math symbols can often be bridged by making those symbols movable. Magnetic variables, numbers, symbols, and other physical representations of concepts can provide a hands-on way for students to better visualize these ideas. Paper representations allow for folding, sorting, drawing, and other manners of processing that allow students to explore important concepts as well. An example would be folding a figure to find a line of symmetry.

A die-cutting tool makes it easy to create sets of these paper symbols and shapes in varied colors to provide opportunities for making sense of ideas that can be tough to grasp.

Additionally, having the die cut system in the classroom means that students can have a role in deciding what colors and symbols are needed and can take part in making them. This slate of tools will ensure that students in all of my resource math classes have opportunities to better access the curriculum, take ownership in directing their learning, and prepare for a future in which math is not the enemy.

Mrs. Wichael
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sizzix Big Shot Plus Manual Die Cutting and Embossing Machine, 9 in (21 cm) Opening, • Amazon Business $124.95 1 $124.95
EE922 - Giant Magnetic Fraction Circles & Bars • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
LC926 - Classroom Magnetic Letters Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5"x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm, 5-Color Mixed Carton, 2500 sheets (22999) • Amazon Business $45.49 1 $45.49
LC928 - Classroom Magnetic Numbers & Operations Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
DD138 - Magnetic Numerals & Operation Signs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 2 $21.98
DD135 - Magnetic Base 10 Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8/PK - Squares • Amazon Business $13.62 1 $13.62
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8/PK - Circles • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Sizzix 663311 Pop Art Lowercase Dies One Size Multicolor • Amazon Business $10.57 1 $10.57
Sizzix 661561 Framelits Die Set, Rectangles, Dotted by Stephanie Barnard (9/Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
DD133 - Magnetic Fraction Circles • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Sizzix 663312 Pop Art Numbers Dies One Size Multicolor • Amazon Business $4.83 1 $4.83

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