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Ms. Clark from Santa Clara UT is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Operation Hands-On Math

My students need math materials, such as base 10 blocks, protractors, unifix cubes, fraction tiles/circles, pattern blocks, and measurement sets to learn important math curriculum.

  • $1,490 goal

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My Students

The students in my special education class need tangible ways to learn abstract math concepts. A variety of math manipulatives gives them the opportunity to experience many different ways to master all math concepts included in the Common Core State Standards for all grade levels, K through 5.

My class consists of approximately 70 students in grades K through 5 with special needs, ranging from learning disabilities to autism to intellectual disabilities.

My students are very eager to learn but have a hard time keeping pace with regular education students, due to a lack of hands-on opportunities in their regular classrooms. When they come to my classroom, I try to give them those hands-on experiences they need at a pace they can handle. There are approximately 700 students in my school, which is situated in an upper-middle class neighborhood. About 35% of our student population receives free/reduced lunch. We run a Chinese dual-immersion program that is currently implemented in grades K-4, where math concepts are taught in Chinese increasing the need for these hands-on experiences that my students require.

My Project

The beauty of the resources is that they can be used by all students in all grade levels and across all domains of the Common Core State Standards. They will be used during small-group instruction where we will focus on a specific skill, and by students working independently or with a partner to apply the skills learned during instruction. For example, the liquid measurement set will be used to demonstrate how to measure volume in a small-group setting. Students will then use these same materials to explore volume in a hands-on station where they will be asked to convert within and between the two measurement systems . Furthermore, students will use the Unifix cubes, centimeter cubes, and color tiles to explore number concepts, problem solving strategies in each of the four operations, algebraic thinking and geometry. They will master these skills by completing task cards and describing their mathematical understanding in writing.

Currently, my supply of these materials is very limited, which inhibits the students opportunity to directly receive the hands-on experiences they need to master these skills.

Receiving donations to this project will dramatically increase their access to the materials needed for them to experience the necessary hands-on lessons they so deeply need to master the skills they are taught.

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Ms. Clark
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
School Smart Fraction Circles - Set of 51 - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $11.45 10 $114.50
Learning Resources Magnetic Rainbow Fraction Tiles • Amazon Business $9.74 10 $97.40
Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Flats • Amazon Business $9.59 10 $95.90
ETA hand2mind, Fraction Tiles Classroom Basics Kit, (42856) • Amazon Business $93.84 1 $93.84
ETA hand2mind, Plastic Cuisenaire Rods Classroom Basics Kit, (42852) • Amazon Business $87.44 1 $87.44
Learning Resources Interlocking Base Ten - Cube • Amazon Business $5.99 10 $59.90
ETA hand2mind, UniLink Interlocking Cubes, Set of 500, (46484) • Amazon Business $29.45 2 $58.90
Learning Resources Square Color Tiles (Set of 400) • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Teacher Created Resources Number Spinners, Set of 5 (20637) • Amazon Business $10.60 5 $53.00
Learning Resources Blue Plastic Base Ten Cube • Amazon Business $5.99 8 $47.92
Westcott 6-Inch Plastic 180 Degree Protractor, Clear • Amazon Business $4.64 10 $46.40
Learning Advantage 7771 Folding 3D GeoFigures, Grade: 3, 10 cm • Amazon Business $42.06 1 $42.06
Learning Resources Creative Color Cubes (100Pc) • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
Learning Resources Gallon Set • Amazon Business $30.11 1 $30.11
Learning Resources Liter Measurement Set • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Learning Resources Precision School Balance • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
ETA hand2mind, View-Thru Geometric Solids Volume Set, (5501043) • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
100 + Gram Brass Balance Scale in Case with Weights • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
100+ Pack of Random Polyhedral Dice in Multiple Colors Plus Free Pouch Set by Wiz Dice • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250) • Amazon Business $19.26 1 $19.26
Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250) • Amazon Business $19.26 1 $19.26
Westcott 180° Protractor, 4-Inch • Amazon Business $1.90 10 $19.00
Learning Advantage 7546 Student Elapsed Time Ruler (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Learning Resources Centimeter Cubes (Set of 1000) • Amazon Business $18.90 1 $18.90
Westcott Wooden Meter Stick, 39 1/2" • Amazon Business $8.29 2 $16.58
Learning Resources Plastic Base Ten Rods • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Learning Advantage 8837 Pattern Block Activity Cards (Pack of 20) • Amazon Business $9.10 1 $9.10
Westcott Wood Yardstick, 36" • Amazon Business $3.89 2 $7.78

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