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Mrs. Fishback from Jenks OK is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cultivating a Classroom of Caring and Calm

My students need materials that will help them learn self-control, self-calming strategies, and social skills through guided activities and classroom discussion.

  • $616 goal

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My Students

I work in Title I school teaching 5th and 6th graders who have intellectual disabilities. My classroom community of 12 learners are working on building academic, emotional, communication, and social skills. While my students have varied learning strengths and needs, all learn best with hands-on activities that require active participation.

My energetic learners are discovering that they can do difficult things; that their disabilities do not define them.

My students are mastering skills now that will touch their futures.

My Project

My students have difficulty maintaining positive peer relationships and controlling their emotions when they are frustrated or upset. I begin every school day with a morning meeting that is focused on building my students' social skills through guided reading and hands-on activities. Our morning meeting allows students to practice positive social skills and self-calming strategies in safe and encouraging setting. Our morning meeting time has become a welcome and necessary part of our day because it sets the tone for the day and has given the tools to be better classroom citizens.

I would like to provide my students with additional tools (fidgets, social skills books, sensory items that allow focused, non-disruptive movement in the classroom) that we can use during our morning meeting and throughout the school day as needed to grow students' social skills and responsible classroom citizenship.

I believe the items that I am requesting will further my students on their journey to learning that they are not controlled by their anger or defined by their disabilities. I want to give my students opportunities for deep discussion sparked by quality books targeting social skills, tools that will empower them to find ways to stay in control and refocus, and access to a classroom that is calm and inviting. The fluorescent light filters and jelly fish aquarium will help create a calm environment.

The requested social skills books will be read aloud during morning meeting time and students will be lead in discussion and participate in activities related to the social skills focus in the book. The fidgets and sensory items requested will offered as tools that students can use when they are feeling upset or anxious. Students will be taught to figure out which fidgets and sensory tools work for them as tools to re-focus.

Mrs. Fishback
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Round Jellyfish Mood Lamp By Playlearn with 5 Color Settings. Mood Lamp Stunning Addition To Any Room - Large • Amazon Business $71.99 1 $71.99
COZY SHADE 24'' X 54'' STRIPED PACK OF 4 • School Specialty $34.07 2 $68.14
Bouncy Chair Fidget Bands (12-Pack) - Improves Focus in the Classroom for School Kids and Students – Works for ADD ADHD Autism Sensory Needs - Bounce & Stretch Foot Band – Silent and Non-Disruptive • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Educational Insights Fluorescent Light Filters (Whisper White), Set of 4 • Amazon Business $25.21 1 $25.21
Winning Moves "Sunk!", A Social Skill & Action Game • Amazon Business $19.75 1 $19.75
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Fidget Toys - Stress & Anxiety Relief Sensory Toys for Autistic Children - Fidgets Figit Therapy Toys for Kids & Adults Dealing with ADHD, Autism, ADD & OCD + Carry Pouch, 2 Carabiners + eBook • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Hibery 5 Pack Monkey Stringy Balls, Soft Active Fun Toy, Sensory Fidgets Toys Rainbow Pom Colorful Bouncy Stress Toy • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Homder 12 Pack Colorful Sensory Fidget Stretch Toys Helps Reduce Fidgeting Due to Stress and Anxiety for ADD, ADHD, Autism(6 Colors) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Squishy Stress Relief Sensory Toys Fidget Spiky Ball 5 - Pcs Set –Squeezy & Bouncy Antistress Toy Balls For Men, Women, Adults, Teens & Children –Ideal For People With OCD, ADHD, ADD & Autism • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
Sensory Ring and Fidget Toy | Soft, Flexible Ring and Rubber Spikes | Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety| Promotes Focus and Clarity | Children, Youth, Adults Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Möbii Rainbow: Small Fidget Ball Stress Mobius Toy, Restless Hand Office, School, Anxiety • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Making Friends Is an Art! • Amazon Business $9.12 1 $9.12
Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
But It's Just A Game • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
I Can't Find My Whatchamacallit!! (Functioning Executive) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $7.94 1 $7.94
Temper Tamers In a Jar: Helping Kids Cool Off and Manage Anger • Amazon Business $7.24 1 $7.24
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64

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