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Mrs. Burnstein-Carder from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cool, Calm, and Collected!

My students need a variety of calm down tools to utilize in my room such as; thinking putty, stress balls, timers, sensory bottles, and mindful activity cards.

  • $750 goal

This project expired on December 9, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are K-5 and come to us from diverse backgrounds. They are unique and have so many things to offer. However, often times their amazing qualities are overshadowed by their struggles. Research indicates that 1 out of every 4 children attending school have been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/ or behavior.

Many of our students have experienced one or multiple traumatic events and lack the necessary tools to overcome their strong emotions in a healthy way.

Our students need social/ emotional support just as much if not more than academic support to ensure success as they grow in and out of the classroom.

My Project

My role as the Behavior Coach is to teach strategies and provide my students with the tools to understand and manage their emotions. Our children often need help processing their overwhelming emotions. They often lack the ability to recognize the warning signs their bodies give them when they are about to lose control. It is crucial that our students learn to listen to their body and identify ways in which they can calm themselves.

Although our students typically have the ability to process through their emotions and debrief with a trusted adult in the building, many of them have a difficult time de-escalating and regulating their emotions on their own.

With these tools and strategies, students will learn ways to regulate on their own and decrease the time it takes to get them back to a positive space.

Through this project I hope to be able to offer students a variety of calm down strategies in my room such as; thinking putty, stress balls, timers, sensory bottles, and mindful activity cards to name a few. Every student has a different learning method and the same is true for coping strategies. What may work for one student is not always going to work for another. By offering students alternative methods to de-escalate it will help them to become more aware and engaged in their social-emotional needs.

Mrs. Burnstein-Carder
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Blood Oxygen Saturation Monitor with silicon cover, batteries and lanyard (Mystic Black) • Amazon Business $18.95 2 $37.90
Stamina 36-Inch Folding Trampoline • Amazon Business $31.64 1 $31.64
Dr.Meter EM100 Kids Protective Earmuffs with Noise Blocking Children Ear muffs for Sleeping, Studying, Shooting, Babies 27NRR Adjustable Head Band • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Ocean Wave Projector,Delicacy 12 LED Remote Control Undersea Projector Lamp,7 Color Changing Music Player Night Light Projector for Kids Adults Bedroom Living Room Decoration • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Rory's Story Cube Complete Set - Original - Actions - Voyages • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Wood Handle Jump Rope (Colors May Vary) by Constructive Playthings (2-Pack) • Amazon Business $6.96 3 $20.88
Find it Games Kids Version - The Original Hidden Object Search Adventure • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
The Coping Skills Thumball: The Fun Group Activity for Teaching and Learning How to Cope with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, Stress, Substance Abuse, Negative Thinking, Anger, and more • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Anger Management Thumball - 4 by Youthlight • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Bouncy Kids fidget chair bands (4 pack: green, blue, red, purple) for ADHD ADD Autism and Sensory Needs - Good for hyper active kids who are fidgety • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Asmodee Spot it! Fire and Ice • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
La Baleza Yoga/Pilates Mat - Onyx, 24" x 71" • Amazon Business $17.76 1 $17.76
La Baleza Yoga/Pilates Mat - Emerald, 24" x 71" • Amazon Business $17.76 1 $17.76
My Moods, My Choices TM Flipbook for Kids; 20 Different Moods/Emotions; Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Self-Control Thumball • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Emoji Feelings Thumball - 4" • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Mad: A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger • Amazon Business $15.22 1 $15.22
Lonnom Sand Timer Set 3 Pack Colorful Sandglass Hourglass Sand Clock 1 / 3 / 5 Minutes for Kids, Classroom, Kitchen, Games, Brushing Timer, Home Office Decoration Timers • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Asmodee Spot It! Holidays • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
MasterPieces NFL League Version Spot It • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Original Fidget - Blue, Green & Black Circle Sequin Pillow Fidget Toy for Sensory Therapy to Relieve Stress and Increase Focus for Adults and Kids. Helps with ADHD ADD Autism by Little Monkey- 3C • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Teacher Created Resources Small Sand Timers Combo, Pack of 8 (20697) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Empty HB Sensory Bottles, 350mL, Set of 4 Bottles • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
EMOJI Stress Ball 12 PCS Party Favor Balls (2.5") Squeeze Toy to Release Stress (6 Colors) • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
104 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, Coping Skills • Amazon Business $9.05 1 $9.05
Imperial Toy 08110 4 Oz Miracle® Bubbles Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $4.26 2 $8.52
Helect H1037 Fidget Cube Toy Relieves Stress and Anxiety • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Temper Tamers In a Jar: Helping Kids Cool Off and Manage Anger • Amazon Business $7.24 1 $7.24
Kid/Adult Magic Rainbow Fidget Toys Ball Cube 3D Puzzle Brain Teaser Stress Reliever • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Rhode Island Novelty FUN Emoji Face Squeeze Balls- 12 ~ 3'' Stress Relax Emotional Toy Balls ~ Fun Office Holiday Gift ~ Stocking Stuffer ~ Gag Toy • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Caydo 240 Pieces 1 Inch Pom Poms for Hobby Supplies and DIY Creative Crafts Decorations, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Sooper Beads Water Beads Rainbow Mix, 8 oz (20,000 beads) for Orbeez Spa Refill, Sensory Toys and Décor • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty - Chameleon Hypercolor 2" Tin .47oz • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Crazy Aaron's Super Scarab Mini Tin • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, Twilight, 2'' L, Hyper color • Amazon Business $4.88 1 $4.88
Crazy Aaron's SO003 Super Illusions ‘Oil Slick’ Thinking Putty Tin, 2-Inch • Amazon Business $4.67 1 $4.67

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