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Ms. Bersch from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Learning--It Can Be Fun!

My students need resources to help them develop their ability to self-regulate and control their actions and words. While some situations in their lives are completely out of their control, others do not have to be.

  • $661 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am the School Social Worker at a K-8, inner-city school. The students I serve live in vast poverty; school data shows that 99.7% of my students are economically disadvantaged.

My students have a multitude of obstacles in their lives; ones that we as adults cannot even begin to fathom, and yet they come to school.

Obstacles including but not limited to homelessness, lack of parental involvement, mental illness, etc. My students enter the school system having not learned emotional management. As they grow older this lack of skill becomes more evident as they are unable to control their behaviors and focus in the classroom.

My students want to be successful. They have dreams just like any other kid has, and yet their dreams are less likely to come true. So how can I better serve my students? I think the answer is by teaching them mindfulness, emotion identification and self-regulation so that they have a higher chance at making their dreams become reality.

The resources from this project will allow me to continue to serve these students to the level that they deserve.

My Project

In today's society, social-emotional learning (SEL) must be taught at school, too. While none of my students have easy lives, some are battling additional barriers. Homelessness is the reality for some of the families I serve. When there is instability in the home, it is even more vital to have these resources at hand. While some life situations are out of my students' control, how they respond does not have to be. These resources can help teach important life skills and promote SEL with my students.

I want to teach through games, rather than lectures!

The materials I selected are a range of books (EX: How to Take the Grrrr out of Anger & A Volcano in My Tummy), games (EX: Stop, Relax & Think, My Feelings Game, Totika Self-Esteem Game, & Mad Dragon) exercises and worksheets ( EX: CBT Toolbox for Children, Mindful Games Activity Cards, & What Would You Do? In a Jar) that will better help my students understand and control their emotions, help with learning how to express themselves confidently and in appropriate ways, as well as start the necessary conversations that will lead my students to self-discovery.

My goal is to help my students learn these life skills so that they can be successful in and outside the classroom. I hope to engage my students through these games and activities so that they can learn to self-regulate, be mindful, be confident and respect themselves as well as others.

Thank you for your consideration in donating to my deserving students!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stop, Relax & Think: A Game to Help Impulsive Children Think Before They Act • Amazon Business $57.95 1 $57.95
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $31.49 1 $31.49
Spot It And Spot It Junior Animals • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
My Feelings Game. Fun educational family game to help kids express their emotions and learn self regulation. Endorsed by Dr Temple Grandin and other world renown clinicians and educators. • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Totika Self Esteem Game With 48 Question Card Deck - A Game of Fun, Skill and Communication • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Totem - The Feel Good Game - The Perfect Balance to your Meme Against Kittens games [Experience Faster, Deeper communications at the Heart Level] - Don't miss your Opportunity to Build Stronger bonds [Perfect for Team building at work, counseling, with family, friends, adults and child] - Fun, Uplifting and So Easy [A Unique Conversation Starter that feeds Self-Esteem] • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management • Amazon Business $22.46 1 $22.46
The Morning Meeting Book • Amazon Business $21.87 1 $21.87
Ready Set R.E.L.A.X.: A Research-Based Program of Relaxation, Learning, and Self-Esteem for Children • Amazon Business $20.92 1 $20.92
Cards for Calm: A game of mindfulness to combat anxiety and negative thinking • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger: Revised & Updated Edition • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Consequences • Amazon Business $19.48 1 $19.48
SET of 2 Expandable Ball Hand Catch Ball Flower Ball Kids Boys Girls Toys, -Great Stress Relief Toy - NEW AND IMPROVED HARD CARDBOARD PACKAGING - By 4E’s Novelty, • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
Conversation Starter and Question Cards - Builds Self-Esteem and Confidence in Teens • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Feelings Playing Cards by Jim Borgman Pulitzer Prize Winner • Amazon Business $15.65 1 $15.65
Anh's Anger • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Moody Cow Meditates • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Woodstock Solo Silver Zenergy Chime- Eastern Energies Collection • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Chill Skills In a Jar®: Anger Management Tips for Teens • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
104 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, Coping Skills • Amazon Business $9.05 1 $9.05
What Would You Do? In a Jar®: Daily Dilemmas for Young Children • Amazon Business $8.01 1 $8.01
Temper Tamers In a Jar®: Helping Kids Cool Off and Manage Anger • Amazon Business $7.24 1 $7.24
A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger • Amazon Business $6.46 1 $6.46
Choices In a Jar® • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Feelings In a Jar® • Amazon Business $3.65 1 $3.65

Materials cost

$523.89

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$561.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$99.13

Total project goal

$660.88

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$660.88

5 Donors

-$328.24

Donations toward project cost

-$282.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.49

match offer

-$328.24

Match offer toward project cost

-$279.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.24

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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