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Ms. Sohrweide from Chicago IL is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books to Boost Our Best Behavior

Help me give my students books and supplies that will help them learn appropriate social skills and practice positive behaviors.

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My Students

Ignacio Estrada once said, "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." I couldn't agree more. I teach in a self-contained classroom of amazing 5th through 8th graders with severe/profound disabilities.

My students are eager learners who work tirelessly to soak in all the knowledge they can, all while spreading smiles and joy to everyone they encounter along the way.

Even with this drive to learn, my students don't experience success with traditional teaching methods.

Our day centers around teaching in ways that they learn best, targeting instruction to students' specific learning needs. We also put a lot of focus on independence and life skills, as my students need to be competent in these areas as well. This is hard because my students are from a low-income area with little funding for any materials or experiences outside of the mandated curriculum, which isn't accessible for my students due to their disabilities.

All children can learn. My students' disabilities just mean that their learning looks a little different than that of others. Help them get what they need so we can teach them in the way they learn best.

My Project

Many of my students struggle with social skills and require explicit modeling in targeted areas to help them react, respond, and interact appropriately.

These books will help my students have a model for appropriate social skills and positive behaviors, as well as allow them a safe space to practice and improve upon these skills.

We will be able to do shared read-alouds with these mentor texts. These read-alouds will help students see and hear examples of various situations they may encounter throughout their day, both at home and at school. Then, we will be able to use the books as a means for practice, allowing students to "try-on" various skills and strategies for themselves, tweak them so they work, and then use these strategies in the real world, helping them experience success.

Each book for this project was chosen with a specific student in mind. For one student, the books about sharing and understanding how to react when he does not get his way will be life-changing. He will be able to see characters respond, and see how much better the result is from positive responses. For another student, the books about how to react in unexpected situations (i.e. fire drills, a change in schedule, etc.) will be extremely beneficial. They will allow her to experience these situations through someone else's eyes, and allow her a safe space to develop a plan for when she stumbles across these things on her own.

These books and materials truly will transform my students' lives. They will help my students become more comfortable and able to act in positive, pro-social ways, thus helping to improve their abilities to interact, engage, and participate in a variety of situations- at home, in the community, at school, and the rest of their lives.

Ms. Sohrweide
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TT559 - Lakeshore Nonfiction Sight-Word Readers - Level 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
TT235 - Lakeshore Fiction Sight-Word Readers - Level 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
AmazonBasics Letter Size Sheets Laminating Pouches 9 x 11.5in, 100-pack • Amazon Business $13.73 2 $27.46
LC356 - Word Building Magnetic Letters - Uppercase • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98
The Monster Who Lost His Mean • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Enemy Pie : (Reading Rainbow Book, Children's Book about Kindness, Kids Books about Learning) • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Waiting • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Way I Act • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Back-to-School Rules • Amazon Business $12.92 1 $12.92
Be Polite and Kind (Learning to Get Alongxae) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Too Much Glue • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Potty Animals: What to Know When You've Gotta Go! • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Interrupting Chicken • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
AmazonBasics Dry Erase Whiteboard Eraser - Set of 8 • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Hands Are Not for Hitting (Best Behavior) • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
My Mouth Is A Volcano • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
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 $9.86 1 $9.86
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! My story about listening and following instructions (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
When Miles Got Mad • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
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
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
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
Lying Up a STORM • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
I'M NOT Scared, I'M Prepared! • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Manners in Public (Way To Be!: Manners) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Best Book to Read • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
Manners on the School Bus (Way To Be!: Manners) • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50

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