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Mrs. Perez from Simi Valley CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Solve It!

Help me give my students materials to be able to have problem solving groups such as manipulatives, color-coded folders, and whiteboards.

  • $201 goal

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My Students

I work at a Title I school. The majority of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch and come from homes where English is their second language. A considerable percentage of the population is not meeting standards.

Many of my students come to school with little life experiences.

They have not had the opportunity to experience things such as traveling on vacations or even watching a play at the theater. Even though they have daily obstacles to overcome, they come to school eager to learn. Once they enter my classroom, I want them to be assured that they are in a safe learning environment and that anything is possible!

My Project

Michael J. Gelb said, "Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving". For this reason, I want to create a classroom environment that encourages creative problem solving in all academic areas.

This project will give me the materials I need to run small groups that will allow my students to exercise their problem solving skills.

In my classroom, I present my students with math "tasks" rather than just word problems. These task require higher level thinking and involve several steps and skills in order to solve. These materials would allow me to create small, organized groups.

Each group will be assigned a color. The plastic folders will allow each group to organize their work. The problem solving book will be used as a resource for student activities. The white boards will be available for students to use if they need to draw a visual to help them solve their problem. The use of manipulatives such as the tiles will also ensure that students with all learning styles will be successful. Problem solving is a life skill, so let's start now!

Mrs. Perez
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 25 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
KC70 - Write & Wipe Lapboard - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $28.99 1 $28.99
Heavyweight Plastic 2 Pocket Portfolio Folder, Letter Size Poly Folders by Better Office Products, 24 Pack (Navy Blue) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Heavyweight Plastic 2 Pocket Portfolio Folder, Letter Size Poly Folders by Better Office Products, 24 Pack (Yellow) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Heavyweight Plastic 2 Pocket Portfolio Folder, Letter Size Poly Folders by Better Office Products, 24 Pack (Green) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Menu-math for beginners • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
Building Real-Life Math Skills: 16 Lessons With Reproducible Activity Sheets That Teach Measurement, Estimation, Data Analysis, Time, Money, and Other Practical Math Skills • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
hand2mind Foam, Assorted Colors, Square Tile Counters for Math Patterns, Counting with Storage Tub (Pack of 400) • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Math Common Core 3Rd Grade (Quick Study) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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