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Ms. Fleming from New York NY is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Minute Math to the Rescue!

The cost a Canon copier, a toner cartridge, copying paper, and a set of flash cards is $812, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on January 14, 2005.

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I am a fourth-grade teacher in a Title I school in Northern Manhattan. Ninety-three percent of our children receive free lunch. The cap for fourth grade classes is thirty-two students, and our classes are at or close to the limit. When you're a teacher, it's always fantastic to find something that works really well for your students. Of course, the great streams of knowledge come in May as opposed to in September, and although you can, to a certain extent, implement a program now for the remainder of the school year, in your heart you know that it's the kids next year who will really benefit because the program will have started in September. This is the case with Minute Math for me. Minute Math was introduced to me by my principal as a last-minute way to help our students pass the Math Test. It turns out that it helps with more than testing in my class, though. Minute Math is a very short math quiz that the kids must complete in a minute (thus the title). My students are far below level in math, so I started with the Grade 2 Minute Math quizzes. Every morning as part of our routine and to warm us up, we do Minute Math. Each child must pass test 1 before progressing to test 2, and so forth. The kids love it! As I distribute the tests the room is silent with nervous anticipation. After I give out the final test, I say, "Flip 'em over. Begin!" The directions are always followed perfectly. I check the Minute Math, and we have the results announced right before lunch. The kids can't wait to discover if they will be moving on to the next test. We cheer for the kids who get tens and we support the kids who get fours. It has built an amazing community of learning in our classroom and has fostered a small amount of healthy competition. The only real problem with Minute Math is making the copies of the tests. The only way to have the test truly take a minute -- the way Minute Math works best -- is to have each child receive a hand-out with the appropriate test on it. As in many schools in the city, photocopying is a huge problem. Each night I bring home masters of Minute Math and copy them on my personal printer. The cost for paper and cartridges is getting out of hand. I am therefore requesting funding for a small Canon photocopier, a toner cartridge, some copying paper, and a set of flashcards to help prepare the tests. Minute Math is something that I would like to do daily next year for the students in my class to help them with math facts and to develop a community of learners. Assuming that my class is capped out next year I will need 5,760 minute math tests. I don't think I could afford that on my own, but with your help my class will be able to learn from Minute Math every day.

Ms. Fleming
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Canon PC940 Copier • Staples Online $199.98 1 $199.98
Canon E40 Black Copier Toner Cartridge • Staples Online $129.99 1 $129.99
Hammermill Copy Plus paper (box) • Staples Online $32.99 2 $65.98
Double VAlue Combo Set Flash cards • Classroom Direct $11.59 16 $185.44

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