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Mrs. Radway from Sioux Falls SD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Learning with Diverse Characters

Help me give my students library books with diverse characters that teach social emotional learning!

  • $725 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from very diverse backgrounds. Many of them have experienced challenges we adults could not imagine. Our diverse classrooms bring many different cultures and languages. School is a safe and engaging place for all students with different backgrounds to come together to play, build relationships, experience, learn and grow safely. My readers come to school eager and ready to engage in their day. We work hard to meet the needs of each of these students both academically and socially.

My Project

At an increasing rate, students are entering the classroom without necessary social, emotional skills to succeed in school and manage their emotions. Book publishers are recognizing this trend and have created amazing picture books to help students learn how to manage the big emotions they are feeling.

Through this project you will provide a variety of books that will help my students manage their emotions by recognizing those emotions in book characters.

I will be able to conduct engaging read alouds in library class that engage my students in dialogue about how to best manage their emotions at school and at home. Students will then be able to check out these library books to continue their learning.

These books provide students with a safe place to learn about characters while applying skills to their own lives. It is my hope that, after reading these picture books, my students will not feel alone and understand that other kids feel big emotions and learn how to manage them.

Most excitingly, the characters in the books of this project come from a variety of backgrounds, so all my students will feel represented by the characters in this project!

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

Equity Focus

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 80 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Be a Friend • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Everywhere, Wonder • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Blue Whale • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
If Sharks Disappeared (If Animals Disappeared) • Amazon Business $17.78 1 $17.78
The Ramped-Up Read Aloud: What to Notice as You Turn the Page [Grades PreK-3] (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Leave Me Alone! • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Chicken in Space • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
One Word from Sophia (The Sophia Books) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Double Take! A New Look at Opposites • Amazon Business $16.08 1 $16.08
What's Your Favorite Color? (Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite) • Amazon Business $15.62 1 $15.62
BE QUIET! • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
Daniel Finds a Poem • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Happy Dreamer • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Explorers of the Wild • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Wake Up! • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Spring Books for Kids, Gardening for Kids, Preschool Science Books, Children's Nature Books) • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
Dad and the Dinosaur • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a Forest • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Tree: An Environmental Fable • Amazon Business $11.42 1 $11.42
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $11.22 1 $11.22
Lion & Tiger & Bear: Tag! You're It! • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
Bee Dance • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
A Small Blue Whale • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Antoinette (Gaston and Friends) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! (Magnolia Says DON'T!) • Amazon Business $10.60 1 $10.60
Green Pants • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Wolf Pups Join the Pack (First Discoveries) • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Because of an Acorn • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Horrible Bear! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Skyfishing: (A Grand Tale with Grandpa) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
They All Saw A Cat (Cat Books for Kids, Beginning Reading Books, Preschool Prep Books) • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Hippos Are Huge! (Read and Wonder) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Lunchskins Recyclable + Sealable Paper Sandwich Bags, 50-count, Shark • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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