• Concrete to Abstract: Learning Math with Manipulatives

    Hands on learning helps all students make real life connections and engage multiple types of learners. They allow kinesthetic learners to move while learning, auditory learners to hear academic talk from their peers, visual learners to see what is being created and social learners the opportunity to spend time in a small group with purposeful conversation. Use of manipulatives engage students physical activity, which has been shown to enhance memory and understanding. They help to bridge the gap between students' intuitive, everyday understanding of mathematics and their understandings of the corresponding formal symbolic representations.

    Boyd - Denisse Rayas

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  • Enterprise City Field Trip

    At Enterprise City in Richardson, real-world experiences are awaiting students who participate in this simulation that introduces them to their future roles as producers, consumers, and citizens. Students are introduced to skills including applying for jobs, writing checks, and balancing a checkbook as they purchase and sell their goods and services.

    Reed - Sabrina Passanante

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  • Games for Engagement

    Learning should be fun and engaging for all students. Through the use of math games, Rountree Elementary students will be working with others to learn essential math skills while having fun! These weekly stations will include spiral review, targeted math skills, technology, and games, and will be resources for enrichment and intervention blocks and after-school tutoring.

    Rountree - Kathryn Sasso

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  • Hearing to Help

    Hearing to Help is a grant providing much needed earphones to students in a non-traditional classroom setting, allowing them to stay focused on their work and practice academic skills with fewer distractions.

    Dillard - Lenay Roecker

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  • Hitting the Mark: Targeted Instruction in Math

    Hitting the Mark: Targeted Instruction in Math will provide new math manipulative kits that correlate to specific learning needs on our campus. The materials will be used by our intervention team to provide targeted math instruction for our struggling students.

    Reed - Jennifer Dingler

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  • Linking Literacy to Math

    Fourth grade students at Evans Elementary are provided with Math Literacy Libraries to link literacy to math. Auditory learners benefit from the story being read aloud and visual students enjoying reading the books and viewing the illustrations on the pages. Also, because there are such a vast variety of topics covered in these books through characters and story lines, many student interest areas are addressed, bringing excitement to the lessons promoting reading enjoyment and life-long learners.

    Evans - Katie Tsutsumi

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  • MakerSchool- Growing an Idea that Grows Students

    Olson Elementary is expanding its MakerSpace with the goal of becoming a MakerSchool where teachers and students are continually looking for ways to incorporate STEM challenges and hands-on learning into daily instruction.

    Olson - Brenda Fee

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  • Math and Reading: Let's Get Integrated

    Math and Reading: Let's Get Integrated is a project to integrate reading into the math curriculum and bring math to life. Math picture books will be used to introduce concepts, teach math vocabulary and strategies, and engage students in the math concepts.

    Story - Kristi Whatley

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  • Math GPS - Giving Students Daily Direction in Mathematics

    The MATH GPS workbook will be used on a daily basis to support specific TEKS that students historically take longer to master. It can be used during daily warm-ups as a bell ringer, in intervention time, for test review and in assessment. It will provide students an invaluable opportunity to practice and reinforce TEKS taught throughout the school year and help lead them toward concept mastery and prepare them for the STAAR test.

    Lindsey - Holly May

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  • Math GPS Readiness Kit

    Hands-on math manipulatives are used to conduct interactive stations, labs, engagement and exploration. This 5th grade Readiness Focus Kit is an awesome resource for math instructors that help incorporate the 4 E's of instruction (Engage, Explore, Explain, & Elaborate). Being a new school, this kit would be one more way to reach those kids who are in the middle or considered "middle" and move them to the higher level of their math foundation.

    Preston - Valarie Cole

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  • Math GPS: A Road Map to Success

    The Math GPS workbook gives students consistent exposure and weekly practice of sixth grade math concepts that students historically struggle with. This consistent review will help them get to the advanced level and make or exceed progress on the STAAR test, as well as help students to feel prepared and confident entering seventh grade.

    Chandler - Teri Stepanic

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  • Math is FUNctional!

    Creating and building number sense with manipulatives are part of the hands-on experience that makes learning come together. Math tools, journals, games and literature are an integral part of the learning process that leads to greater achievement among Kerr Elementary students.

    Kerr - Regena Bell

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  • Math Manipulatives

    Math Manipulatives is a grant that will allow teachers at Bolin Elementary to have access to more visuals and models to aid in the instruction of difficult concepts such as number sense, problem solving, composing and decomposing numbers, and fractions. These materials can be used over and over for years to come by more than one grade level to teach more than one concept.

    Bolin - Kristi Whatley

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  • No Vertical Limits

    This grant will allow the Cheatham SSI program to expand the learning to grades 2-5 with materials that have been proven successful to our at risk students. With these materials, teachers can provide math problem solving questions that are aligned with the state standard TEKS to close math gaps and reinforce objectives that were not mastered in the classroom.

    Cheatham - Carin Engelbert

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  • Numicon Number Shapes and Pegs

    Numicon is a specific approach to children's mathematical learning that emphasizes three key concepts in doing mathematics: exploring relationships, communicating mathematically and generalizing. The Numicon number shapes help students explore manipulatively how numbers relate to one another.

    Reed - Donna Esfandiari

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  • On the Right Track!

    On the Right Track is a hands-on math plan to use school-wide with all students. This grant will involve the purchase of hands on mathematical materials that increase the depth of all students' understanding of difficult to grasp concepts. These quality materials can be used over and over for years to come.

    Story - Patricia Jarboe

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  • STEMindset: Building the Foundation for STEM Learning in First Grade

    STEMindsets is a project to utilize STEM manipulatives to create/invent, solve problems and test hypotheses in a dual language classroom. As math and science are universal learning concepts, English Language Learners will be given opportunities to collaborate with their peers and apply their skills. STEMindsets will allow the students to take charge of their own learning and teach others in the process.

    Boyd - Heather Chavez

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  • STEMtastic!

    Not only do STEM activities spark the curiosity of young minds and allow them to explore, but it helps them interact with curriculum being taught in the class with hands on experiments. Starting at the beginning of the year, new kindergartners who may not be able to read will be able to use the STEM cards with pictures of projects to build and manipulate during center time while building social interactions and teamwork. The higher level learners will be able to use the more complex STEM activities to build their imaginations while building more complex structures and activity cards. 

    Olson - Brad Balgemann

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  • Verify It!

    Verify It! students will have multiple opportunities to use their mathematical toolkit to make real world predictions and then verify the prediction. For example, students make calculations about distance using scale factor and the Pythagorean Theorem with Google Earth. Students will validate their prediction using accurate measuring trundles.

    Curtis - Catherine Stolarski

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  • What's in your Math Toolbox?

    The youngest Story Falcons are in need of filling their Toolbox with Math tools, which is vital to their Elementary success. These tools will allow students to ensure an adequate math foundation for the content areas of number and operations, comparative language, geometry, composing and decomposing, and measurement.

    Story - Meghan Gable

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