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Mrs. Martindale from Nashville TN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Mighty Choices With Money: Financial Literacy for Little Learners

Help me give my students math manipulatives and books to introduce concepts such as counting, greater vs. less, and money, to begin exploring financial literacy at an early age!

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My Students

My students come from low-income areas with very diverse backgrounds, most of which include minimal exposure to educational activities before the age of 5. Due to different circumstances, their families are unable to provide the manipulatives, literature or other extra materials that are necessary for cultivating a love of learning. As their teacher, it is my mission to help supply them with the materials they need to be successful in Kindergarten.

Due to the circumstances they cannot control, my students come in far below their grade level peers.

My Project

As Kindergarteners, my scholars come in having little to no knowledge about making informed choices with their money. My goal for each of my students is to explore numbers in a conceptual way. The life-size number line will help children to use their gross motor skills to move from quantity to quantity, visualizing numbers as greater or less then. This activity can also be used for number recognition. The counting bears and Unifix cubes, which will be stored in individual containers for each child, will help children to practice counting skills, identifying groups that are greater/bigger/more than or smaller/little/less than. These math vocabulary skills will be incorporated in to every lesson. When introducing money, my scholars will use the visual magnetic coins and dollars to learn about the characteristics of money and how much each coin/dollar bill is worth. While talking about these concepts, I can integrate financial literacy concepts, helping students to understand saving and spending their money, buying needs before wants and budgeting for important items. These concepts will also be taught during a Social Studies Unit on Needs vs. Wants. I want my students to be exposed to more real life, hands-on activities during instruction.

My scholars will benefit from using these math manipulatives to touch and feel numbers, show greater and lesser amounts of objects, identify numbers and quantities and practice financial literacy skills, all while having fun!

If this project is funded, my scholars will use these materials as visuals to conceptually understand quantities, practice counting money and make decisions on how to responsibly save or spend their money. These real life skills can begin at an early age and with your help, we can make that possible for my precious scholars. My scholars can learn to make mighty choices with their money!

Mrs. Martindale
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources 0-30 Number Line Floor Mat, Blue • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
Unifix Cubes, Ten Assorted Colors, Set of 500 • Amazon Business $34.79 1 $34.79
Learning Resources Double-sided Magnetic Money • Amazon Business $29.62 1 $29.62
hand2mind Play Money Plastic Coins with Plastic Storage Bin (Pack of 768) • Amazon Business $28.06 1 $28.06
Sterilite 16268006 Large Ultra Basket, White Basket w/ Titanium Inserts, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $26.89 1 $26.89
Didax Educational Resources Sandpaper numerals 0-20 Cards • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
[50 pack, 17oz] Food Storage Containers With Lids - Plastic Containers With Lids Plastic Containers for Food Container With Lid - Freezer Containers Plastic Food Containers Deli Containers Meal Prep • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Baby Bear Counters, Color Recognition, Math Skills, 102 Pieces, Assorted Colors, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Nasco TB18746T Dot Dice Set, 5/8" Square, Foam, 36-Piece, Yellow with Black, Grades K+ • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Number Puzzles, Developmental Toys, Wooden Storage Box, Matching & Counting Skill Development, 40 Pieces, 12.75" H x 5.75" W x 2.75" L • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Do I Need It? Or Do I Want It?: Making Budget Choices (Lightning Bolt Books ® ― Exploring Economics) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Let's Explore Needs and Wants (Bumba Books ® ― A First Look at Money) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Lily Learns about Wants and Needs (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Money Basics) • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87

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