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Mrs. J. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Learning through Picture Books

My students need picture books that will offer many perspectives on social emotional issues such as friendship, happiness, homelessness, diversity and inclusion, in a way that is primary grade appropriate.

  • $523 goal

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My Students

My students are diverse in many aspects and enjoy learning in our International Baccalaureate school. They are special because they drive my instruction with their thought -provoking questions and are active leaders and members of our classroom community.

My goal is for them to thrive as much as they can while in 1st grade, so that their educational thirst for knowledge continues year after year.

This will foster a sense of global citizenship and internal motivation to learn, that is simply unmatched! My students realize they live in a diverse community where students go through many different life experiences. Learning about homeless, educational difficulties, and other difficult conversations helps our students realize the importance of social emotional learning.

Overall, They are such awesome globally responsive children and amazing learners within the great city of Chicago!

My Project

Students will explore an area of the classroom library that will allow for deep learning of social emotional ideas through picture books. For example, " Maddi's Fridge" will help students understand how their friends may feel if they face hunger or have been homeless. Other titles such as, "The Worst Day of My Life" and "Teamwork Isn't My Thing", will allow students to discuss ways to handle stress and work collaboratively.

The Five Social Emotional Competencies we will learn about throughout the school year are:

1.Identifying emotions

2.Accurate self-perception

3.Recognizing strengths



Students will explore them all through these picture books!

Students at our International Baccalaureate (IB) School have goals of becoming global learners who are able to think globally and this thinking begins with understanding ourselves in order to better understand others, this project is essential to student's social development.

Mrs. J.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mae's First Day of School • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share!: Activity Guide for Teachers (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $16.88 1 $16.88
I Just Want to Do It My Way!: Activity Guide for Teachers • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • 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
Maddi's Fridge • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Lovely • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Egg • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
They All Saw a Cat • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Dear Mr. Rosenwald • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
It Takes a Village: Picture Book • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
It's Hard to be a Verb! Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
I Am a Booger. Treat Me With Respect! • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
My Day Is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Personal Space Camp • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Making Friends Is an Art! • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
It's Hard To Be a Verb! • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
But It's Just A Game • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Brontorina • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie • Amazon Business $6.60 1 $6.60
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $4.38 1 $4.38

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