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Mrs. Lemburg from Coeur D Alene ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindset, Character, and Community, Oh My! Creating Positive Communities

My students need quality books like "Each Kindness" and "One Smile" to facilitate discussions and lessons about the social skills which are essential to building a positive community.

  • $366 goal

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My Students

I teach up to 30 third graders in a Title I school in the northern part of our district where much of the city's residential growth is centered. Schools in this area tend to have larger class sizes because of this. Our school also has a large population of students with special needs who are included as part of the classroom community whenever possible. This allows students greater opportunities to experience and embrace diversity.

My students are anxious to learn, strive to be successful, and truly want to be part of their classroom community.

They are curious, creative, and motivated to learn as much as they can. They love to learn through books and discussions around those books. They are excited to collaborate and learn from each other, although they don't always understand how to do this yet.

Although our school has a relatively low free or reduced lunch rate, not all students have positive role models in their lives and need to learn various social skills in the classroom. All students deserve to feel they are an integral part of the classroom. All students deserve to be given opportunities to learn and grow together.

My Project

Learning in school is more than just academics. My students are also learning social skills and what appropriate behavior looks like. This is especially important in a large class where inclusion is a factor. Students need to learn to appreciate differences and include everyone. Learning social skills and what it means to be part of a community provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students' abilities to succeed in school, their careers, and in life. Books, like "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" and "What if Everybody Did That?" will provide the students with characters they can relate to and situations with which they can connect.

My students will learn about kindness, belonging, compassion, perseverance, integrity, growth mindset, individualism, goal-setting, compromise, and conflict resolution through participation in classroom meetings utilizing these themes.

These books are an integral part of these classroom meetings. Students will participate in discussions, self-reflections, and goal-setting based around the themes in the stories.

Classroom meetings have been proven to improve the classroom climate and help build a positive community. After a bullying incident in the classroom last year, I began using classroom meetings to improve our classroom climate. The change in the classroom environment was noticeable and the bullying stopped. I noticed students showing compassion and empathy on a daily basis.

My goal is to use discussions about the messages in these books to provide my students with the skills needed in order to be successful in interacting with others. My hope is that through this proactive approach, my students will face fewer issues both now and later on in their lives.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
One Smile • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Leo the Lightning Bug • Amazon Business $14.76 1 $14.76
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Giraffes Can't Dance • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Ish • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
The Day No One Played Together: A Story About Compromise (Mom's Choice Award Recipient) • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Feathers and Fools • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Boy Who Grew Flowers PB, The • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books) • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (paperback) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
A Day's Work • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Big Al • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The First Strawberries (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Babushka Baba Yaga • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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