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Mrs. Gertken from Rochester MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Being Successful With Social Skills

My students need books to help them learn everyday social skills, so they can be successful in life!

  • $321 goal

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My Students

I teach second grade to 30 very diverse students. In my classroom I have a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, needs, and socioeconomic statues. Our school is a Title 1 with over 500 hundred students, over half of which come from low-income homes.

These students challenge me everyday to be my best and to create an inviting learning culture were they can feel comfortable while learning.

All of the students in my classroom learn in many different ways. I am always trying to engage students in activities that will push them to do their best! This can be a difficult task when resources are limited. I am always striving to inspire, challenge and empower my students on a daily basis.

My Project

These books will be used to help the students understand different skills they will need in life. Each week we will have a "skill of the week." To learn about social skills, we will read a book that has examples for the students to relate to.

Books like "Personal Space Camp", and "Lacey Walker, Non Stop Talker" will give the students a humors insight into real life skills.

These books will be used to start our conversations about what a good friend looks like, how to be a great classmate, and just being a respectful citizen in our community.

Learning social skills is so much more than just learning a skill and moving on from it. These are skills that can help shape a students life. The books will be used for whole group lessons, small group lessons, and one on one.

It is important to me and our classroom community that we learn, practice, and role play our social skills. Second grade the best time to learn all of these skills and how to genuinely be a good person!

Mrs. Gertken
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
You Get What You Get (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I Will Be Okay (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
The Fruit Salad Friend: Recipe for A True Friend • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Personal Space Camp • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
I Won't Quit (Teaching Perseverance) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
Making Friends Is an Art! • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $7.52 1 $7.52
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
What If Everybody Did That? (What If Everybody? Series) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39

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