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Ms. Schmerler from St Louis Park MN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Strategize

Help me give my students jigsaw puzzles and games like 24, Set, Mastermind, and Quizmo to see mathematics in a new and exciting way!

  • $300 goal

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My Students

My students come from environments that need extra support. My students are not doing math work at grade level, nor are many of them reading at grade level.

Our students come from many cultures; we have more than 47 different languages being spoken at home in our school body.

The kids are all very comfortable with change and inclusion; it is an absolute blessing that our students are willing to share their experiences.

We have almost half of our students receiving subsidized lunches; we work hard to meet the needs of all of our students. We have a food shelf in our school; we have translators who are able to help parents stay involved, and we have a lot of initiatives that provide forward progress. We are blessed with support, but we still have some gaps that need to be filled.

My Project

I teach math intervention for grades 6-8. This year, I want to dedicate a day a week to explore math in a non-traditional mathematics way through games and puzzles. Games and puzzles both teach strategy. If students can think about different strategies to win a game or put a puzzle together then they start building persistence as they encounter setbacks.

To my students, math is a scary, difficult, thing that they do not want to do; this project is set up to change that mindset.

Games will create a fun, competitive atmosphere where making mistakes is all part of winning and losing. Puzzles create spatial awareness along with strategy. (How are you going to sort those pieces to find what you are looking for more easily?) Both create time and space where persevering comes naturally.

After five years of doing intervention work with students, I notice the biggest struggle is getting started. I believe that games and puzzles will help build the bridge to give my students a positive start with mathematics.

Ms. Schmerler
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MasterPieces Accessories, Jigsaw Puzzle Jumbo Roll & Stow Box, 48" x 36", Fits 3000 Pieces • Amazon Business $13.18 5 $65.90
24 Game: Add / Subtract Primer • AKJ Education $16.02 1 $16.02
Galison Rainbow Popsicle Puzzle, 500 Pieces, 20”x20”, Fun Challenge for Kids and Adults, Gorgeous and Unique Twist on a Rainbow Puzzle, Photo Art Puzzle Shows with Vivid Color • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Mastermind Game • AKJ Education $13.14 1 $13.14
Fractions & Decimals QUIZMO® • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Springbok Puzzles - Sweet Tooth - 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Large 23.5 Inches by 18 Inches Puzzle - Made in USA - Unique Cut Interlocking Pieces • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Springbok Puzzles - Twist of Color - 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Large 20 Inches by 20 Inches Puzzle - Made in USA - Unique Cut Interlocking Pieces • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Springbok Puzzles - Pencil Pushers - 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle - Large 18 Inches by 23.5 Inches Puzzle - Made in USA - Unique Cut Interlocking Pieces • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Ceaco Disney Pixar Buttons Puzzle - 750Piece Puzzle • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Set Game Card Game • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Ceaco The Disney Collection - Vinylmation Puzzle (750 Piece) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Classic Yahtzee • AKJ Education $9.67 1 $9.67
Kanoodle® • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Equivalent Fraction Dominoes • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02

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