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Ms. Cantrell from Fort Worth TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Want To Fit In, But I Don't Know How

My students need books like The Invisible Boy, and Elmer. The use of social stories allows students reflect on their interpersonal skills without stress and embarrassment.

  • $230 goal

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My Students

My students are precious, but oh, so needy. I work in a high poverty urban elementary school. Most of the school qualifies for free breakfast and lunch. Many need food assistance for the weekend, and clothing support throughout the school year. The students work hard on their school work and improve each year. Outside of school, most have limited experiences and social interactions. Often, when we try to expose them to new things, they are socially nervous, awkward, and scared.

My Project

The goal of our school is to increase the learning and achievement of students. Our school works hard on this. While we are having success academically, our social skills could be improved as well. Being able to present different situations in a non-threatening way is far more effective than a lecture. I plan to use the book The Invisible Boy to discuss being shy and how some students have a hard time fitting in. I will use Lucy Walker, Nonstop Talker to not only spark a discussion of appropriate social skills, but as a catalyst for writing in English class. I have selected a variety of books on situations common to an elementary student trying to find their way in today's complex and changing world.

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Ms. Cantrell
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $11.21 1 $11.21
You Get What You Get (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Crabby Pants (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
I Just Want to Do It My Way!: My Story About Staying on Task and Asking for Help (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
Cool Down and Work Through Anger (Learning to Get Along®) • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07

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