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Mrs. Blasiak from Higganum CT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Mathematicians: Little hands using big tools to learn

My students need large sets of unifix cubes to work and struggle with math in hands on ways. My first graders will develop a stronger number sense and place value understanding using the unifix cubes.

  • $327 goal

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My Students

The students that come to me each year are eager boys and girls ready to learn and explore in first grade. They come in full of curiosity, wanting to read like the big kids and eager to do math like the fourth graders. I love the excitement and passion they each bring with them. My first graders learn best with very hands on exploring of concepts and in workshops where they get to direct their learning and practicing. My students are often brave to struggle through challenges I set forth to help them develop thinking skills and social skills.

First graders learn best through working with tactile tools in their hands, especially those that mimic playing.

I teach in a rural school setting in Connecticut where families may be a ways apart due to land, but very close in friendships. We are a family. My students come from varying socio-economic backgrounds. Families have a mix of professions from farms to medical fields . Although my students come from various family lifestyles, each and every student in my classroom loves learning. It makes me so proud to be able to work with such inspiring.

My Project

My little first graders will use these math tools to help them develop deeper concrete understanding of our number system. My students will use the unifix cubes in various ways including: composing and decomposing to ten, addition and subtraction, comparing data through building concrete graphs and place value by letting them concretely build and understand our base 10 system. Ten frame dice, base ten blocks and coins allow students to continue exploring our base 10 system in various ways.

Math manipulatives give students the ability to work with tools in their hands that through discovery lead to long-time learning.

In my classroom, children work best with tools as they explore different concepts instead of worksheets. Developmentally for first graders, they are still building an understanding of what 14 or 52 is. When given the chance to build it with unifx cubes, ten frames and base ten blocks, they are more successful at comprehending our very complex number system.

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
CUBES UNIFIX 10 ASSORTED COLORS ST/500 • School Specialty $67.16 2 $134.32
LC657 - Count to 120! Magnetic Number Chart • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR632 - Giant Ten-Frames Activity Dice • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Blue Base 10 Ten Blocks - Pkg. of 1000 Unit Cubes • Nasco $18.55 1 $18.55
DD136 - Magnetic Coins • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
DD151 - Magnetic Pattern Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 1 $7.99
10-Sided Decahedron Polyhedra Dice - Numbered 0-9 • Nasco $0.30 12 $3.60
12-Sided Dodecahedron Polyhedra Dice - Numbered 1-12 • Nasco $0.30 12 $3.60

Materials cost

$228.03

Vendor shipping charges

$16.01

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$277.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.96

Total project goal

$326.42

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$326.42

3 Donors

-$319.36

Donations toward project cost

-$277.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.90

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.06

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$0.00

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