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Ms. Helms from Maiden NC is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tools for Learning: Ms. Helms' Classroom Supply Drive

My students need tools such as scissors, paper, glue sticks, and yard sticks that are essential to their learning.

  • $719 goal

This project expired on December 7, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

When students enter my classroom they often times have the attitude of "I don't like math" or "I'm just not a math person." That is why it is important to me to show my students that math is relevant, applicable, and fun.

Students are most successful when they have ownership of their own learning.

That is why my classroom is designed in a way that nurtures mathematical thinking and discourse.

Inquiry-based learning gives students the opportunity to discover mathematical concepts and push themselves to learn at their highest potential. My students learn how to use the language of mathematics, how to collaborate, how to think critically, and how to problem solve through the processes of inquiry-based learning. When they discover that they really are "math people" they become excited about learning and are eager to learn more.

My students need the tools to make their learning possible.

My Project

Studies have shown that students learn best when they immerse themselves in the learning process. That is why I have designed my classroom and curriculum presentation around inquiry-based learning. Students work collaboratively to complete tasks that are problem-based and relevant to the world around them.

Students will use these tools to collaborate in small groups and collectively as a class, collect and analyze data, assemble project presentations, and complete formative and summative assessments.

The dry erase boards, markers, and erasers will provide my students with an alternative to traditional, paper and pencil practice assignments and assessments. Students can use these materials to practice solving equations, graphing data, and graphing functions. The ease of erasing mistakes from a dry erase board emphasizes that my classroom is a safe place to make and learn from mistakes.

The colored paper, scissors, and glue sticks will be used for student interactive notebooks. These notebooks are used as review and study aids when students are completing course work and preparing for assessments. The colored paper is integral in the creation of the interactive notebooks because it is more engaging and better for student memory than black and white text.

The chart paper, chart paper markers, and roll of graph paper will be used for student collaboration, presentations, and projects. The chart paper and graph paper will be used to create displays as student prepare to present their semester-long projects. The markers are needed because they will not bleed through the paper onto the desks, floor, or walls.

These tools are essential to providing students with the opportunities to explore real-world mathematics applications, discover the "why" behind the mathematics, make connections between disciplines, and learn at their highest potential.

Ms. Helms
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Flipside Dry Erase XY Axis/Plain Dry Erase Board - 9 x 12 - Set of 12 - White • Amazon Business $37.93 3 $113.79
ETA hand2mind Wood Economy Meterstick/Yardstick (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $33.58 2 $67.16
CCR Scissors 8 inch Soft Comfort-Grip Handles Sharp Blades, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $15.99 3 $47.97
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads, Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power (559) • Amazon Business $42.98 1 $42.98
Staples Pastels Colored Copy Paper, Assorted, 8.5 x 11 inch Letter Size, 20lb Density, 30% Recycled, Acid-Free, Pink Green Gold Blue Canary Yellow, 400 Total Sheets (679481) • Amazon Business $19.18 2 $38.36
Pacon 0.5-Inch Grid Paper Roll, White, 34" by 200' (77800) • Amazon Business $33.39 1 $33.39
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5" x 11", 24 lb/89 gsm, Mixed Carton 5-Color Assortment, 1250 Sheets (22998) • Amazon Business $31.56 1 $31.56
5Pack Tape Measure 300cm/120 Inch Double-scale Soft Tape Measuring Body Weight Loss Medical Body Measurement Sewing Tailor Cloth Ruler Dressmaker Flexible Ruler Tape Measure Colorful • Amazon Business $7.69 4 $30.76
24 pk Mini Dry Erase Erasers Whiteboard Eraser | Magnetic | Clean Your White Boards Quick and Easy • Amazon Business $13.72 2 $27.44
Learning Resources AngLegs Smart Pack • Amazon Business $8.19 3 $24.57
Board Dudes SRX Dry Erase Markers Medium Point 10-Count Assorted Colors. Packaging May Vary from Image (DDC99) • Amazon Business $6.79 3 $20.37
Elmer's Extra Strength Office Glue Sticks, 0.28 Ounces Each, White, 24 Sticks per Pack (E554) • Amazon Business $9.60 2 $19.20
Sharpie 22478 Flip Chart Markers, Bullet Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $8.96 2 $17.92
Learning Resources AngLegs Transparent Student Set • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89

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