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Mrs. Mikesell from Tampa FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories and Sums - Integrating Literature into Math

My students need real-world stories from the "MathStart" series to introduce new and difficult math concepts.

  • $323 goal

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My Students

Do you remember getting asked questions like, "How many square pyramids does this picture have?" or "What happens when you add two groups of ten together?" or even "Can you find the next item in this growing pattern?"

My students have great minds - but not a ton of background knowledge.

I'm hoping that through the use of stories the challenging math concepts we are asked to teach will become more accessible for all of my students. Our school serves a diverse population of high-poverty students. Many of my students come from families that do not have parents that have a large bank of math skills or vocabulary. Through the use of these books, I hope to broaden their background knowledge and ability to tackle math.

My Project

I notice in my classroom when I tell a story - the children are engaged, thinking and ask questions. I'm hoping that with these wonderful math-based books I will be able to inspire those thinking skills in our math time! Who doesn't like to start out the day with a good story?

This project is important to me because in today's world - employers are looking for people who can think, analyze, apply knowledge and understand complex concepts.

If we begin in First Grade - who knows how far these kids can soar!

Mrs. Mikesell
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
More or Less (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, David T. Wenzel (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.72 1 $2.72
It's about Time! (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, John Speirs (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Less Than Zero (Mathstart Series), Vol. 49 Stuart J. Murphy, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Best Bug Parade: MathStart- Comparing Sizes: Level 1 (MathStart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, Holly Keller (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Leaping Lizards (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, Joann Adinolfi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Polly's Pen Pal (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, Remy Simard (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Hamster Champs (Mathstart Series) Stuart J. Murphy, Pedro Martin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
(MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy • AKJ BOOKS $12.91 1 $12.91
Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Remy Simard (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Lemonade for Sale (Level 3: Bar Graphs) (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Divide and Ride (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, George Ulrich (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
100 Days of Cool (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, John Bendall-Brunello (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Animals on Board (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, R. W. Alley, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Chris L. Demarest (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Best Vacation Ever (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Betcha!: Estimating (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Bigger, Better, Best! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Bug Dance (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Christopher Santoro (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Circus Shapes (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Edward Miller (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Cat Bowman Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Dinosaur Deals: Equivalent Values (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Heather Henson, Kevin O'malley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Double the Ducks (MathStart), Vol. 1 Stuart J. Murphy, Valeria Petrone (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Earth Day--Hooray! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Renee Andriani (Illustrator), Renee W. Andriani (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Elevator Magic (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Every Buddy Counts (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Fiona Dunbar, Fiona Dunbar (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Fair Bear Share (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, John Speirs (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Give Me Half! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Henry the Fourth (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Scott Murphy, Scott Nash (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
House for Birdie (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Edward Miller (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Jack the Builder (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Michael Rex (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Just Enough Carrots (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Let's Fly a Kite (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Brian Floca (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Pair of Socks (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Lois Ehlert (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Penny Pot (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Lynne Woodcock Cravath (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Pepper's Journal: A Kitten's First Year (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Racing Around (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Mike Reed (Illustrator), Manufactured by HarperTrophy • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Room for Ripley Stuart J. Murphy, Murphy, Sylvie Wickstrom (Illustrator), Sylvie Kantorovitz Wickstrom (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Shark Swimathon (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Lynne Cravath (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Spunky Monkeys on Parade (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Lynne Cravath (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Super Sand Castle Saturday (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Julia Gorton, Julia Gorton (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Tally O'Malley Stuart J. Murphy, Cynthia Jabar (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Treasure Map (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Missing Mittens (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Probably Pistachio (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Marsha Winborn (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do! (MathStart) Stuart J. Murphy, Kevin O'malley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12

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