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Mrs. LaPutka from Cottonwd Hts UT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rekenrek to Connect Student Learning

Help me give my students math Rekenrek racks to improve their learning in numeracy.

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My Students

Our elementary school sits at the base of the Wasatch Front mountain range. The beauty of our surroundings is only one piece of what makes our school so remarkable. Our school community is incredibly supportive and cohesive. Additionally, students at our school are hardworking and motivated. It is a joy to work with community support and enthusiastic students!

Our first grade classroom is a happy, productive place where achievements--large and small--are celebrated.

We have a Thought of the Week that focuses on working hard, persevering, and being kind. Class cheers are awarded to students and even to the entire class for all kinds of accomplishments. Students are taught responsibility by being a Class Leader for a week and a Team Leader one day a week.

My class has a wide range of abilities. In reading, they vary from just starting to learn how to read to reading easily at a 4th grade level. In math, the range is similar: Some students are just grasping basic numeracy, while others have strong numeracy and can add and subtract fluently. Working with such a variety of abilities is challenging but fulfilling. Students are taught to work together to help each other achieve.

My Project

Rekenrek racks are something new to me. They are wooden racks, also called arithmetic racks, that hold 20 beads, 10 red, 10 white. The beads are in a formation similar to 10-frames that we use all the time during math lessons with five red beads on top and five red beads on the bottom. The white beads are the same. They are used for many math skills including counting, making models of numbers, making ten, and adding and subtracting within 20. The beads can be moved on the rack to make models of numbers and to add or subtract.

A huge part of teaching in a first grade classroom is creating a strong math foundation in numeracy.

A child with a strong numeracy foundation can apply that strength to just about every math skill!

We use a math iPad program that helps our students build numeracy and fluency. The program uses Rekenrek racks digitally in many lessons. Using real Rekenrek racks during lessons will help the students understand how to use them digitally. Giving students the exposure to concrete materials prior to visual learning is powerful and effective. I would like to be able to provide this for my first graders.

Mrs. LaPutka
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
REKENREK WITH WOODEN FRAME AND 20 PLASTIC BEADS • Frey Scientific $7.59 26 $197.34
REKENREK-STUDENT PLASTIC -10 BARS W. COLOR CHANGE • Frey Scientific $15.75 2 $31.50
BOOK WORKING WITH THE REKENREK • Frey Scientific $14.69 1 $14.69

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