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Ms. Kocs from South Jordan UT is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Books to Build Social Emotional Learning

Help me give my students social emotional learning (SEL) books to engage and build skills.

  • $997 goal

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My Students

I have a unique group of students, ranging from 9-12 years old, with a wide variety of needs and interests: anime, video games, graphic novels, soccer, animals, Disney, or musicals. I have the same students for 3 years, until they enter junior high, which allows for a deeper relationship with each student and the continued fostering of good relationships between peers.

Despite their varying ages, abilities, and interests, my students know and care for each other.

They work to interact respectfully, while acknowledging the strengths and differences in each other. They all bring amazing abilities and gifts to the classroom to create a beautiful and inclusive environment.

My Project

Throughout history, humans have learned and communicated through stories. In my classroom, I love the use of picture books to convey information and important topics. These books can be engaging for all ages and can relate complex ideas and topics in an approachable manner. The books can lead to in-depth discussions, questions, and activities. Reading these books also foster relationships, promote reading, demonstrate fluency, encourage a positive classroom environment, and so many more indirect skill sets.

Teaching SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in my classroom has always been a priority, but I think now it is more vital than ever to help close the gaps this pandemic has created or widened.

The Covid outbreak has caused students, families, and teachers to be flexible and resilient; students have faced new challenges in their social and emotional development. Helping students manage their peer interactions and their own emotions will only help to close the academic gaps prevalent in so many of our students now. Some SEL skills must be mastered before academic learning can occur. This is the time to come together, regardless of differences, to be understanding and accepting, to help each other, and move forward to a better future.

I have carefully selected these books to help address many of the areas for growth in my classroom. I know my students will benefit and enjoy them, and they will continue to make a difference for years to come! Thank you!

Ms. Kocs
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stolen Words • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
There's a Ghost In This House • Amazon Business $18.91 1 $18.91
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems • Amazon Business $17.88 1 $17.88
When Santa Was a Baby • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
My Shadow Is Pink • Amazon Business $16.23 1 $16.23
The Magical Yet • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Arnie, the Doughnut (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, 1) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Survivor Tree • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
I'm Trying to Love Math • Amazon Business $15.43 1 $15.43
The Not-So-Friendly Friend: How To Set Boundaries for Healthy Friendships • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Enemy Pie : (Reading Rainbow Book, Children’s Book about Kindness, Kids Books about Learning) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
How to Be a Coder: Learn to Think like a Coder with Fun Activities, then Code in Scratch 3.0 Online (Careers for Kids) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Whatifs • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists, 1) • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
Millie Fierce • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
How to Apologize • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
One Question a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal: Create Your Own Personal Time Capsule • Amazon Business $13.73 1 $13.73
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Milo Imagines the World • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
Except When They Don't • Amazon Business $13.30 1 $13.30
Cold War Correspondent (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #11): A Korean War Tale • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Bird • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.68 1 $12.68
Have a Little Pun: An Illustrated Play on Words (Book of Puns, Pun Gifts, Punny Gifts) • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Illegal: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
As Fast As Words Could Fly • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! (Magnolia Says DON'T!, 1) • Amazon Business $11.81 1 $11.81
The Bad Seed (The Food Group) • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73
The Dot • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Say Something • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Big Bad Ironclad! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #2): A Civil War Tale • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy: A Graphic Novel (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1): The Graphic Novel (1) • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Pashmina • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Stuck • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Lend a Hand: Poems about Giving • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Good Egg (The Food Group) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval Knight! (Revised Edition) (You Wouldn't Want to…: History of the World) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Girl With a Mind For Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Malala Yousafzai (Volume 57) (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 57) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Blades of Freedom (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #10): A Tale of Haiti, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6): A Texas Tale (Volume 6) • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Fern and Otto: A Picture Book Story About Two Best Friends • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $8.85 1 $8.85
New Kid • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
Love Makes a Family • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Efrén Divided • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Windows • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Big Bad Bruce • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
George (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Forever, or a Long, Long Time • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play with Your Food! • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93

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