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Ms. Annaromao from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

From Trauma to Resiliency: This Is How We Do It!

My students need books that are specifically geared toward their goals of moving from life as traumatized children who struggle throughout the school day to the resilient learners they are capable of being.

  • $631 goal

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My Students

My students range from 2nd to 6th grade with reading levels from K to 6th and vocabulary skills from 1st to high school levels. They make up a self-contained comprehensive behavioral unit related to their lagging social, emotional, and behavioral skills which has had negative impact on their acquisition of academic skills.

My students are heroes.

They've survived much trauma in their young lives. They're still standing and they still show up for school. Trauma in tow, they bring much love and a hunger to learn with them as well.

My Project

These books will be used by the students to give them both scientific and imaginative understanding of how the brain works. We will be using these books along with many other activities to learn about mind/body connections and how those impact the emotions they struggle to regulate and the academic tasks they are trying to achieve. In addition, some books provide role models for not giving up and ways to cope with challenges.

We'll be working as a class to incorporate a growth mindset to help learn the tools to stay calm in the face of adversity and to know why they can believe in themselves.

They can believe in themselves because they know they have a brain. With these books and our activities, they will know how the brain works. They will know how that's related to their bodies and how their bodies interact with their brains. This knowledge is fundamental to a growth mindset that says they might not be there...yet, but they will, with practice and perseverance, become resilient learners!

Ms. Annaromao
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Can Do It • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Twist: Yoga Poems • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Hello Brain?: A Book About Talking To Your Brain • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way • Amazon Business $14.43 1 $14.43
What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (What to Do Guides for Kids) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin The Life and Art of Horace Pippin • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Rosie Revere, Engineer • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Exploring Emotions: A Mindfulness Guide to Understanding Feelings (Everyday Mindfulness) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Adventures of Your Brain • Amazon Business $12.68 1 $12.68
Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Energy Bus for Kids A Story About Staying Positive and Overcoming Negativity • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Most Magnificent Thing • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Visiting Feelings • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
When Pigs Fly • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Alex, Rita and their day with the receptors: Neuroscience and funny experiments for the whole family • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Think Tank! The Human Brain and How It Works - Anatomy for Kids - Children's Biology Books • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bubble Gum Brain Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Think, Think, Think: Learning About Your Brain (The Amazing Body) • Amazon Business $7.07 1 $7.07
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Brain Our Nervous System • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wilma Unlimited How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.24 1 $5.24
Peaceful Piggy Meditation • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Whistle for Willie • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
How Does Your Brain Work • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

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