Walton Education Foundation

Our goal is to increase our students' performance in math by giving them the opportunity to use concrete, hands-on math manipulatives to build their understanding of all 4th grade math standards. These math manipulative kits from Didax will enhance our Engage NY math curriculum, and allow our students the opportunity to increase their understanding of the rigorous concepts within the math curriculum. We expect to see an increase in our students' overall scaled score as shown on the STAR Math end of year assessment. It is also our intent to reuse these manipulatives each year, allowing us to increase students' understanding of 4th grade math content on a continuing basis.

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Engaging Students with Math Manipulatives

School:
Mossy Head Elementary 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Meredith Ness 
 
Randella Hartzog 
Students Impacted:
58 
Grade:
Date:
October 11, 2017

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CHELCO - $768.40

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 67

Thank you for your support of math education at our school. We were able to use these math manipulatives to help 4th grade students make meaning and connections within their math class. Our new Engage NY curriculum is a rigorous curriculum, and this grant allowed our students the chance to learn hands-on, where they could contruct meaning and make connections with the math content. Students used place value disks to help understand multiplication and division of large numbers. The disks were also used to understand place value and expanded notation. Students were also able to use protractors to learn how to measure and construct angles during our geometry study. The 360 degree protractors helped students understand how angles are related to degrees in a circle. Measurement materials were important to have to help students truly understand measurement conversions. It is one thing to tell a students there are 4 quarts in a gallon, but to have students use the materials purchased from the grant to discover 4 quarts fill a 1 gallon container is a more meaningful experience. Having access to these materials had a positive impact on our students. The average scale score increase according to the end of year STAR math assessment was 65 points and an average of 9 months increase in grade equivalent score. Two students identified as needing extra support in math made amazing growth this year. One student increased 149 scale score points, and moved from a 3.3 grade equivalent score (below grade level) to a 5.3 grade equivalent score (above grade level). The other student increased 110 points, and moved from a 3.0 grade level to a 4.2 equivalent grade level.  Having hands on manipulatives made the difference for these two students, and the students in 4th grade as a whole. Thank you again for your generous support of math education!

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Students use protractors to measure angles.

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

Our goal is to increase our students' performance in math by giving them the opportunity to use concrete, hands-on math manipulatives to build their understanding of all 4th grade math standards. These math manipulative kits from Didax will enhance our Engage NY math curriculum, and allow our students the opportunity to increase their understanding of the rigorous concepts within the math curriculum. We expect to see an increase in our students' overall scaled score as shown on the STAR Math end of year assessment. It is also our intent to reuse these manipulatives each year, allowing us to increase students' understanding of 4th grade math content on a continuing basis.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be given the opportunity to use concrete examples while learning their 4th grade math standards. The math manipulative kits are designed to correlate perfectly with our math curriculum, so we will be able to use manipulatives with every unit of study throughout the year. For example, students will physically manipulate place value cards and place value disks as they build deeper understanding of place value and the powers of ten (MAFS.4.NBT.1.1; MAFS.4.NBT.1.2). Students will use protractors to measure angles, deepening their understanding of acute, obtuse, and right angles (MAFS.4.MD.3.5-7). Students will use graduated cylinders and scales to learn about the metric system and metric conversions (MAFS.4.MD.1.1-2). Manipulatives will be incorporated into each unit of study within our math curriculum to help our students access their math standards and make connections between the curriculum and the real world. Manipulatives will be used in both whole group, small group, and in independent station activities. The use of the math manipulatives will occur throughout the entire school year. We also plan to reuse these materials year after year, allowing for a continuing positive impact on students.  

 

Benefits to my students

We have 58 students that will benefit from this opportunity. These manipulatives are necessary to help our students make connections and build their understanding of complex math concepts. While 100% of our student will participate in the use of manipulatives to build understanding, we are most eager to see the impact this project makes on our lowest 30% of students. It is our hope that these hands-on concrete examples of math concepts make all the difference to this population of students, allowing them to make meaning of the math concepts we are teaching. Since the math manipulatives address each unit of study, we expect to see an increase of at least 30 points in our overall scaled score, according to the end of the year STAR math assessment. We also plan to use these math manipulatives in future school years, allowing for a continuous positive impact on future 4th grade students.  

 

Budget Narrative

We are requesting two Eureka Math Basic Math Manipulative kits. Each kit costs $340.00. Two kits, at a cost of $680.00 will ensure enough materials to benefit all 58 students. Shipping of these two kits will be $88.40. This gives our request a total need of $768.40. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Eureka Math Basic Manipulative Kit grade 4 (2 kits) $680.00
2 Shipping and Handling $88.40
  Total: $768.40

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Special Thanks to Our Presenting Partners

CHELCO

Alys Foundation

St. Joe Community Foundation

Gulf Power