Walton Education Foundation

According to STAR data, our low performing students struggle with algebraic number sense, particularly equations, and statistics/probability. To help students understand these concepts in a more tangible way, I am requesting "Math Makers." These are math manipulatives we currently do not have access to us and would enhance the students' understanding of math concepts that tend to be somewhat abstract. Learning gains will be tracked through Math STAR scores. Currently, 54% of our students have already shown some growth in math from their initial Math STAR test. My goal is that 100% of my students will show gains of at least 6 months of grade equivalency on their STAR Math assessment in May 2019.
Standards: MAFS.6-8: RP.1.1-3, NS1.1, 2.2-4, EE1.1-4, EE.2.5-8, SP1.1-4, sp. 3.5-8.

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Math Makers

School:
Walton Intensity School of Excellence 
Subject:
Low Performing Students 
Teacher:
Andrea Schiller 
Students Impacted:
70 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 5, 2018

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St. Joe Community Foundation - $1,000.00

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Goal

According to STAR data, our low performing students struggle with algebraic number sense, particularly equations, and statistics/probability. To help students understand these concepts in a more tangible way, I am requesting "Math Makers." These are math manipulatives we currently do not have access to us and would enhance the students' understanding of math concepts that tend to be somewhat abstract. Learning gains will be tracked through Math STAR scores. Currently, 54% of our students have already shown some growth in math from their initial Math STAR test. My goal is that 100% of my students will show gains of at least 6 months of grade equivalency on their STAR Math assessment in May 2019.
Standards: MAFS.6-8: RP.1.1-3, NS1.1, 2.2-4, EE1.1-4, EE.2.5-8, SP1.1-4, sp. 3.5-8. 

 

What will be done with my students

All 70 students will have access to the manipulatives during teaching activities as well as support to aide in task completion:
1. Algebraic peg boards and pegs: The algebraic peg board provides the space needed to demonstrate how numbers relate to one another and will be used to illustrate simple math, like whether two ratios are proportional to solving square roots by making actual squares with the pegs. This will be a small group activity.
2. Montessori Binomial and Trinomial cubes: These cubes will be introduced as puzzles to solve, initially. Then, once they are able to take apart and put together the cubes quickly, they will be introduced to the a/b and a/b/c elements of the cubes to understand quadratic equations and factoring of equations. This is a small group activity.
3. Classroom probability set: This class set will be used to physically work probability problems, and also help them understand the difference between theoretical probability and relative frequency. I current;y do not have enough manipulatives to successfully complete these sorts of tasks with my classroom. This would be a classroom activity with direct instruction/guidance.

 

 

Benefits to my students

i will be using Math STAR scores and/or performance assessments to demonstrate student mastery and learning gains. There are currently 70 students that will be impacted, but in the years to come, these tools should be able to help 70+ students every year for the next 5 years or so, with normal use.  

 

Budget Narrative

Classroom Probability Set-$65.00, 5-Montessori Trinomial Cubes-$175, 5-Binomial Cubes-$120, 5-Patterns for Square Roots-$40, 5-Algebraic Peg Boards-$170, 5-Sets of Pegs for Boards-$430.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Classroom Probability Kit $65.00
2 Montessori Trinomial Cubes-5 total $175.00
3 Montessori Binomial Cubes-5 total $120.00
4 Patterns for square roots-5 sets $40.00
5 Algebraic Peg Board-5 total $170.00
6 Pegs for Boards-5 sets $430.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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