My students need math manipulatives: snap cubes, magna tiles, and place value sets in order to conceptualize and process math concepts.
Often times I hear kids say, "I can't do math." I want to change that concept. Instead I want to hear them say, " I think I can explain it this way." Providing students the needed tools and manipulatives that we don't have is the first step in changing this concept. You can help.
My students are 4th graders of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Many of my students are on free and reduced lunch, which campus-wide makes us a Title 1 school. My class has a wide range of learners, from gifted to learning disabled, and all the in between.
By providing the snap cubes, magna tiles, place value sets and other math materials will help students conceptualize and process math concepts. Students are going to be able to model their thinking when challenged in math. These tools are going to provide something physical they can use to count and move as they problem solve. As they do this, I will be able to see what kinds of numerical concepts they have as we'll as problem solving strategies. It will help to make the thinking visible. The geometric tools will allow students to physically manipulate geometry.
Becoming a mathematician is more than just being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers.
It involves constructing meaning and problem solving. The tools from this donors choose are necessary in constructing young mathematicians.
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