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Ms. Lindsey from Madison WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Best Me I Can Be

Help me give my students engaging, authentic texts that will help them learn social-emotional skills to be their best selves in and out of the classroom.

  • $321 goal

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My Students

Our students are busy and on the go. They are curious and enthusiastic about learning. They are excited about making connections among their learning and experiences. They like to celebrate their success and the success of their peers. They encourage and help each other grow socially and academically.

They are a group of diverse second grade students learning in both English and Spanish.

They are becoming bi-literate citizens. They are active, creative, and growing in all academic areas. They are learning to be more responsible citizens each and every day.

My Project

These social-emotional books cover a lot of topics. I plan on using these books during morning meeting to introduce topics such as responsibility, sharing, anger management, growth mindset, and perseverance. The books are engaging and authentic. Julia Cook, the author of many of the books requested, knows how to tell memorable stories that help kids understand a complex skill.

By donating to our project, you are helping students learn to be their best selves in and out of the classroom.

When using other books previously received through past DonorsChoose projects, students hung on to mantras in the book and would remind themselves of it throughout the day. One girl learned that no one is perfect through reading one of the books. That opened up her ability to take risks in her learning. I am confident that these new books will do the same for my current and future classes.

Ms. Lindsey
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Breathe • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! My story about listening and following instructions (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Of Course It's a Big Deal: A Story about Learning to React Calmly and Appropriately (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
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 $9.36 1 $9.36
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think: My story about accepting criticism and complements the right way! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.31 1 $9.31
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Mindset Matters (Without Limits) • Amazon Business $9.27 1 $9.27
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
What's the Problem?: A Story Teaching Problem Solving (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
It's My Way or the Highway: Turning Bossy Into Flexible and Assertive (Leader I'll Be!) (The Leader I'll Be) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
The Very Impatient Caterpillar • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
It's Hard To Be A Verb • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
How to Catch a Star • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
What's in it For Me? (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $7.41 1 $7.41
Wilma Jean - The Worry Machine • Amazon Business $7.12 1 $7.12
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11

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