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Mrs. Houston from Sarahsville OH is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Unlock the Magic to Multiplication

My students need various padlocks as well as luggage tags.

  • $183 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My amazing students live in a rural area, and more than half survive below the poverty line. My classroom is an inclusion class. This means that I teach students with disabilities along with their typically developing peers.

I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

Despite the challenges my students face from learning difficulties, poverty, and living in the heart of the opioid crisis, they continue to have good attitudes. They are eager to learn. I want to fill their space with the tools that help them to have the same opportunities as children in more prominent areas. My students deserve every advantage.

My Project

Multiplication facts are an essential learning standard in the third grade. The students must spend a lot of time practicing the times tables. This can become boring if you only provide them with multiplication flash cards. I want to set the stage to engage.

We will unlock the magic to multiplication by using padlocks.

I will write the product on the lock and use the key tags included in this project to write the corresponding math equation. For example, the key that unlocks the lock that says 12, will say 3 x 4. The students can use this independently as a center to practice. They will know if they have the correct answer only if the key unlocks the lock. Then we will have group activities with these resources by having group challenges while playing the song "Unlock the Magic in Me!" This will liven up mundane multiplication and unlock the magic in my students. This activity can be used from year to year. Thank you for helping me to make math fun!

Mrs. Houston
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
VIP Home Essentials – Small Mini Durable ABS Covered Solid Brass Body Individually Keyed Padlock - 8 Pack Lock Set • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Master Lock 532DPF Chrome Steel Body Keyed Different Padlock, 2-inch Shackle, 2-inch Wide • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
3 pack - Mini Steel Padlock with key – laminated, For Gates, Sheds, Lockers, Bikes, Tool Box • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Shxstore 100 Counts Plastic Key ID Tags Luggage ID Labels Bulk with Split Ring Keyring Multicolor • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Master Lock Padlock, Solid Brass Lock, 1-9/16 in. Wide, 140DLH • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Arology 2 Sets of 2 Pack Brass Padlock (Total 4 Padlocks) 25MM with 2 Keys Each Lock, Safety and Secure Luggage, Carry On, Suitcase, Bags, Gate, Door, Toolbox • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
ABUS 55/40 Solid Brass Padlock Keyed Different - Hardened Steel Shackle • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Master Lock 140D Solid Brass Keyed Different Padlock with 1-9/16-Inch Wide Body, 1/4-Inch Shackle • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Lion Locks 2903LLS Laminated Padlock, 2-inch, 1-9/16-inch Wide • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Master Lock 120D Brass Padlock • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Steel Padlock With Keys (HEAVY DUTY SECURITY) 100% Waterproof - Safely Lock Interior or Exterior Gates, Sheds, Lockers, Bikes, Tool Box, or Containers. Includes 3 Master Keys • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Mini Luggage Lock Set (HEAVY DUTY BRASS) - Set Includes 3 Small Keys - Perfect Padlock for Securing Your Suitcase, Jewelry Boxes, Gym Locker, Tote, Mini Fridge, Cabinet, and More! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Topzone® 25mm 1" inch Small Mini Solid Brass Padlock with 2 Keys (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $4.90 1 $4.90
Master Lock 105D Wide Warded Padlock, 1-1/8-inch, Steel • Amazon Business $4.25 1 $4.25

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