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Mrs. Collins from Iowa City IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Math and Literacy Connections Help Us Learn!

My students need one copy of 38 book titles, from "Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar" to "World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010" to use in conjunction with mathematics.

  • $481 goal

This project expired on August 4, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"I hate Math!" Many students feel this way, as they see math as nothing more than numbers and formulas that they are required to memorize. But, math is in every aspect of our lives.

I teach third grade math in Iowa at an elementary school that is rich in diversity.

There are children from both high and low economic backgrounds, from rural and urban areas, as well as from other countries where English is not their first language. This diversity makes for a rich learning environment, but also means there is a wide range of ability when it comes to math skills. Studies show that there is an important connection between literacy and math. As stated on the ‘Literacy Matters’ web site, "Math is highly conceptual and process-oriented, requiring that students are able to do more than copy and memorize facts." We need tools to be able to reinforce this connection between literacy and mathematics.

My Project

The math curriculum that we use in our school, 'Everyday Mathematics,' provides a list of books for each unit that reinforce the specific lessons from that section via literature. These books help students to see that mathematical problems exist in all parts of their lives. The knowledge that reading and mathematics are not isolated functions can help make math lessons more accessible to all students. In 'Betcha!', two friends have a dialog about every day life where one counts precisely and one estimates, which supports the unit on how and when to use estimates. The book, "Anno's Magic Seeds" challenges kids to solve problems that strengthen multiplication skills. And, when a child is having trouble understanding fractional and spatial relationships, the book 'Ed Emberley's Picture Pie' can expand on this lesson with art projects made out of sections of circles.

If we lose kids at this point to a belief that they are no good at math, they are likely to find math increasingly harder every year, as math curriculum builds on previous lessons.

No one wants to pursue subjects that make them feel incompetent. These books were specifically picked by the creators of the curriculum to compliment the math lessons used at our school, and I believe they could be the key to that 'Aha!' moment, when understanding clicks and they experience the joy of success in math.

Mrs. Collins
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar Mitsumasa Anno • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Anno's Magic Seeds Mitsumasa Anno, Mitsumasa Anno (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply Gregory Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Grapes of Math Gregory Tang, Harry Briggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Math-Terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving Greg Tang, Greg Paprocki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Betcha!: Estimating (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Counting on Frank Rod Clement, Rod Clement (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres Tana Hoban, Tana Hoban (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Do You Wanna Bet? : Your Chance to Find Out About Probability Jean Cushman, Martha Weston (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Doorbell Rang Pat Hutchins, Pat Hutchins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Each Orange Had 8 Slices Pb Paul Giganti, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Ed Emberley's Picture Pie: A Cut and Paste Drawing Book Ed Emberley, Ed Emberley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Encyclopedia of Nature DK Publishing • Barnes and Noble $17.99 1 $17.99
The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth: (Step into Reading Books + Math Series: A Step 3 Book) Julie Glass • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Fraction Fun David A. Adler, Nancy Tobin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Give Me Half! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Grandfather Tang's Story Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Greedy Triangle Marilyn Burns, Gordon Silveria (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
How Big Is a Foot? Rolf Myller, Susan McCrath • Barnes and Noble $4.05 1 $4.05
How Much Is a Million? David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
I Hate Mathematics! Linda Allison, Marilyn Burns, David Weitzman • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
If You Hopped like a Frog David M. Schwartz, James Warhola (Illustrator), James Warhol A (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
If You Made a Million David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The King's Chessboard David Birch, Devis Grebu (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Less Than Zero (Mathstart Series), Vol. 49 Stuart J. Murphy, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Math Curse Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator), Lane Smith • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Measuring Penny Loreen Leedy • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
A Million Fish...More or Less Patricia C. McKissack, Pat McKissack, Dena Schutzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Millions to Measure David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey David M. Schwartz, Paul Meisel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Pizza Counting Book Christina Dobson, Matthew Holmes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Probably Pistachio (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Sea Squares Joy Hulme, Carol Schwartz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Sir Cumference and the First Round Table Cindy Neuschwander, Cindy Newschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure Cindy Neuschwander, Wayne Geehan (Illustrator), Wayen Geehan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Who Sank the Boat? Pamela Allen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Wonders of the Natural World David Burnie • Barnes and Noble $17.99 1 $17.99
World Almanac and Book of Facts 2010 World Almanac Books • Barnes and Noble $10.39 1 $10.39

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