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Ms. K. from Gaithersburg MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Learning Through Picture Books

My students need a diverse classroom library that celebrates their differences and teaches them to be kind individuals

  • $755 goal

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My Students

“Every student can learn just not on the same day or in the same way.” We teach in a Focus school with a diverse group of children.

Anyone looking into our first grade classrooms will see teachers and students who are engaged, productive, and happy to be there.

They will see teachers that use multiple resources to meet the needs of incredibly diverse students with varying background knowledge.

Many children come without life experiences that would help them to be more successful in school. We, as teachers, always look for opportunities to increase their experiences. By doing this, we open up the world to them.

My Project

I teach in a very diverse community and I believe it is incredibly important for students to see this diversity reflected in the literature available in the classroom. Many of the books in this project would increase the number of diverse read alouds available in my classroom.

I believe that using rich picture books for social emotional learning in the classroom is essential at this early elementary age.

Therefore, a majority of the books in this project showcase important learning for students including a growth mindset, empathy, patience, and understanding feelings. I want to use these picture books to teach my students the importance of kindness. The community in which my students live in is not always a kind environment and I believe it is my most important job to make sure my students understand the importance of being a genuinely kind person.

I have a deep love for picture books and I know this project will help my students fall in love with books as well. Books can open a new world for students and I can't wait to share this with them.

Ms. K.
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 20 students.

12 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
All of Us • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Kaya's Heart Song • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Mae's First Day of School • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
What If... • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
I Want My Hat Back • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Can I Be Your Dog? • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
How to Code a Sandcastle • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.02 1 $13.02
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
What Does It Mean to Be Kind? • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Since We're Friends: An Autism Picture Book • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
You Can Face Your Fears (Persistence Project) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Kindness Quilt • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
The Fruit Salad Friend: Recipe for A True Friend • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Crabby Pants (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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