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Mrs. Walden from Tulsa OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading and Math Go Hand in Hand

My students need 22 picture books to help develop and reinforce their conceptual understanding of how mathematics plays a part in their day to day lives.

  • $230 goal

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My Students

"Why do I need math?" I hear this every year. The need for Mathematics is an abstract concept. Learning to estimate, count money, tell time, and those addition and subtraction facts are a daunting task. Help me to help my students through literature. Literature brings mathematics to life

My multicultural students live in severe poverty; however, that does not diminish their spirit or drive to be successful in school.

These students are extraordinary. Many are bilingual and all live in difficult conditions. Many have parents that are not educated. One might think this would minimize parent expectation. That could not be farther from the truth. The desperate need for education is evident within their family relationships. Not just mom or dad. Expectations exist among aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well. The students want to please their families. As their teacher, I know that every time I offer enrichment with a lesson to help my students connect what they learn in class to their daily lives, real conceptual understanding takes place. Mathematics is a subject that my students find to be abstract. Often, they are not able to recognize how mathematics plays a part in their daily lives. One way to help my students make that connection is through literature.

My Project

Children’s Literature is amazing. Where else does a character such as a triangle, pig, or an orange come alive? These characters teach everything from addition to subtraction and telling time. The books I selected depict all ethnicities and cultures from our Native American to around the world. I will read the books aloud following the appropriate lesson; therefore, helping students to see first hand how to apply what they are ready to practice. Best of all there is more. Not only will the students learn about Mathematics, they will have the opportunity to read the books independently or with a buddy. This increases their Academic Learning Time by as much as an additional eleven hours per year. Many of the books may be used in Science while learning about changes that take place in a recipe or the differences between solids and liquids. I foresee my students year after year spending hours with these fascinating books.

You have the opportunity to fund a project that will impact the successes of students’ everyday lives.

Best of all, it does not stop there. These students have parents and siblings to benefit from their knowledge. Literature and Reading are linked directly to all academic areas. Please consider the lasting impact this project will have.

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Mrs. Walden
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Counting Money Tanya Thayer • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Plenty of Petals: Counting by Tens Michael Dahl, Zachary Trover (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
One Hundred Hungry Ants Elinor J Pinczes, Bonnie MacKain (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Leaping Lizards (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, Joann Adinolfi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Come out and Play: Count Around the World in 5 Languages Diane Law, Diane Law (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Pigs On A Blanket Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Making Change at the Fair Julie Dalton • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Take a Guess: A Look at Estimation Janine Scott • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
The Greedy Triangle Marilyn Burns, Gordon Silveria (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Grandfather Tang's Story Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Subtraction Action Loreen Leedy, Loreen Leedy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
3-D Birthday Party (Rookie Read-About Math Series) Ellen B. Senisi • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Each Orange Had 8 Slices Pb Paul Giganti, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Probably Pistachio (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Rabbit and Hare Divide an Apple Harriet Ziefert, Emily Bolam (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Inchworm and A Half Elinor J Pinczes, Randall Enos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Measuring Penny Loreen Leedy • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
How Much,how Many,how Far,how Heavy,how Long,how Tall Is Helen Nolan, Tracy Walker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Pigs Go to Market: Fun with Math and Shopping Amy Axelrod, Sharon McGinley-Nally (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Navajo Year, Walk Through Many Seasons Nancy Bo Flood, Billy Whitethorne (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.57 1 $14.57
Math Curse Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator), Lane Smith • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30

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