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Mrs. Poehnelt from Waterloo WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make Math Memorable!

My students need math games and picture books to engage, enhance, and assist with mastery of basic addition and subtraction games. The Mathstart book series is a great way to engage students in math and literature.

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My Students

As an educator, I have been fortunate to teach students from various backgrounds and grades in a variety of locations across Wisconsin. I recently moved down to second grade after spending the beginning of my career in fourth grade and I am grateful for the opportunity. My students are lively, energetic, and have a natural curiosity for the world around them. My classroom is very diverse and the majority of my students receive a free or reduced lunch. Additionally, I have many students who are identified as being ELL who come from homes that primarily speak Spanish. Students learn from me, but we also learn from each other, as well.

The energy of my second graders is what drives our classroom and my instruction, as well.

My students need constant stimulation and have a difficult time focusing for long periods of time. As most students do, my students learn best when they learn and practice concepts in a hands-on way. These types of activities prolong their learning and allow them to focus for longer periods of time. Second grade is full of energy and enthusiasm for learning!

My Project

As stated above, my students need math games and picture books to engage, enhance, and assist with mastery of foundational mathematical concepts and skills. My students are energetic and have a difficult time focusing for extended periods of time. Students in my classroom do best when learning through the use of games, picture books, and hands-on activities. It is also proven through observations and research that the above activities are the best way to help students master foundational skills. These are skills that students need mastery of prior to moving onto more difficult mathematical concepts.

Not only will math games enhance learning and lengthen focus, but incorporating picture books into our math block will connect reading and math.

Picture books can and will be used to introduce concepts to students in an engaging and effective way. Additionally, these books can be used as a brain break to split the math block into smaller chunks of times. This help students focus and provides them with a necessary break. Students can also read these books independently during our independent reading time. Books are a great way to make learning fun and doing so in math with strengthen the connection between reading and math.

My students absolutely love math games. They are instantly engaged and are very motivated by them, as well. Games are a proven way to effectively teach students foundational math skills. Having the opportunity to provide my students with a variety of game will provide them with numerous opportunities to master and practice skills. I can't wait to help my students develop a love for math through the use of games and picture books! Math truly is everywhere!

Mrs. Poehnelt
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BOOKS MATHSTART GRADES 1-2 BK SET OF 18 • School Specialty $123.04 1 $123.04
"Matty's Mix-Up" Colorful Wooden Deluxe Stacking Game Comes with 60 Color Wood Blocks, 1 Dice & Storage Bag! • Amazon Business $13.95 4 $55.80
Learning Resources Snap It Up! Math: Add/Sub Card Game • Amazon Business $10.75 5 $53.75
Learning Resources I Sea 10! Game • Amazon Business $8.96 5 $44.80
Learning Resources Pop For Addition & Subtraction Game • Amazon Business $7.84 5 $39.20
Addition 0-12 Flash Cards • Amazon Business $2.99 12 $35.88
Subtraction 0-12 Flash Cards • Amazon Business $2.99 12 $35.88
Playing Cards, Poker Size Standard Index, 12 Decks of Cards (6 Blue and 6 Red) by LotFancy, for Blackjack, Euchre • Amazon Business $12.90 2 $25.80
ETA hand2mind 20-Bead Wood Rekenrek Counting Frame • Amazon Business $5.08 2 $10.16

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