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Mrs. Strickland from Auburn AL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones...But Words Definitely Hurt

My students need a class set of 'Sticks & Stones' to fully participate in this reading experience related to bullying.

  • $326 goal

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My Students

I teach in a Title I intermediate school of 500+ students with grades 3-5 that serves a growing city. My fifth graders are naturally inquisitive and energetic learners! They are 10-11 years old and thrive on active learning experiences. My students range in abilities with some needing a great deal of extra support with reading skills, all the way to students who are reading at high school levels. My students also run the spectrum of behavioral needs that require engaging activities and materials to keep them excited about learning. My students live in a variety of economic environments ranging from homeless to affluent neighborhoods.

My students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and truly represent the rainbow of America's melting pot.

Because of the varied backgrounds of my students, I try to create learning moments that build community, reflect all cultures, and encourage teamwork skills. Our classroom is a safe place to explore, learn, and make mistakes.

My Project

We are living in an age where children often engage in incredibly unkind behavior towards their peers, and this has often brought tragic consequences. As an educator, I want to help my fifth graders navigate the world with the tools and strategies to become their best and kindest selves.

Bibliotherapy is the art of using books to aid people in solving the issues they are facing.

I want to use the book "Sticks and Stones" by Abby Cooper as a cornerstone for deeper conversations about how students talk about and treat one another. While I can easily read this aloud, with the current climate in classrooms among students, I feel it would be a more powerful learning experience to see and hear the words through this story.

This book tells the story of Elyse. Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe her have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. In the beginning, it was words like "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. Now, at age twelve, she's starting middle school, and finding out that friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away.

This book has the potential to impact students to recognize how words can help or hurt a person in ways that often can't be seen. Connecting it to our English/Language Arts standards, reading this book will create an endless array of writing projects, visual art projects, and powerful conversations.

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

This project will reach 52 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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