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Learning Math Through Play

My students need 16 different math games and activities, such as a geometric shape set, Qwirkle, and bead stringing/pattern cards to learn about mathematical concepts by playing fun and motivating games.

My Students

Help us learn math in a way that is fun! Teaching math facts and geometrical concepts in a sterile, abstract manner is just about impossible for my young, impassioned students. We love to learn with hands on, motivating games. We can't wait to get our hands on them!

Our classroom community is a rich and vibrant place for learning.

Our vivacious kindergarten and 1st grade students come from many backgrounds, including students who are English language learners and those with special needs. The students, in general, come to our classroom with a high degree of school-readiness. They are ready-to learn and to excel. However, because our district funds schools based on perceived financial need, our school is often very under-resourced compared to many other schools in the district with greater poverty. This is really sad because every child needs great learning materials to be successful in school.

My Project

With this set of math games and manipulatives, my students will be able to improve their sorting, patterning, number, and spacial skills without ever realizing that they are doing math work. The games Quirkle and SET are great to teach students about sorting and noticing various attributes of a symbol. The beading strings will help my students to stretch their thinking by using various types of patterns using the many attributes of the beads (shape, size, color). I have also selected several geometry games: Blokus will help them learn spatial position, including turns and flips; the 3D shapes will allow them to play a "mystery tower" game using position words; the geoboards will teach about shape attributes, and Rush Hour Junior will help them learn about spatial position relative to other shapes. The many sets of playing cards (with different sizes & backs so they don't get mixed up!) will help us play many games that improve our number sense.

These super-motivating math games will stretch my students' thinking so that they are able to plan, consider multiple possibilities, and utilize strategies all while doing great social learning too.

Some of my students lack confidence in their abilities in math and these games will inspire them to take learning risks. I am already looking forward to telling my students, "You thought you couldn't do that kind of math, but look, here's proof that you can!"

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Deck Playing Cards • Nasco $8.95 1 $8.95
Bulk Wooden Geometric Shape Set • Nasco $62.95 1 $62.95
Qwirkle • Nasco $22.95 1 $22.95
Railroad Rush Hour • Nasco $21.95 2 $43.90
Giant Face Playing Cards • Nasco $1.90 1 $1.90
Rush Hour • Nasco $16.75 2 $33.50
EZ Play Playing Cards • Nasco $3.50 1 $3.50
Giant Playing Cards • Nasco $2.50 1 $2.50
Safari Rush Hour • Nasco $21.95 2 $43.90
9" Geoboard • Nasco $3.25 10 $32.50
Stringing Beads and Pattern Cards • Nasco $23.75 3 $71.25
Blokus • Nasco $26.75 1 $26.75
Set - The Game of Visual Perception • Nasco $10.95 1 $10.95

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