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Ms. Bellas from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Through Read Alouds

Help me give my students books to teach social-emotional skills like kindness, empathy, self-control, and anger management!

  • $615 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are now two months into the school year and my class of 25 first graders is practicing addition, writing small moment stories, learning sight words, and reading each day. Our class is full of enthusiasm for learning, and students are eager to gain new skills in all subjects! We are not only learning academic skills, but social-emotional skills are a part of our daily learning as students figure out how to navigate friendships and solve conflicts.

Our school serves a diverse community of mostly working-class families, including many English language learners.

With district budget cuts and limited school funds, it can be difficult to provide high-quality supplies for our students to succeed and receive the education each child deserves. This is where you come in!

My Project

This project mostly focuses on providing a variety of books that I can use to teach social-emotional skills to my first graders. With our academic subjects in full swing, I am noticing that my students need support practicing kindness, empathy, and self-control.

These skills are extremely important so that our youngest generation of learners will become responsible members of our community.

Reading stories out loud to students is a great way to teach lessons and provide tangible examples of these behaviors. These books will provide talking points and model these traits for my students.

This project also includes other classroom basics including crayons, writing pens (that my students love to use during writers workshop!), and book bins for organizing all of the new books.

Ms. Bellas
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Black, 36 Count • Amazon Business $28.74 2 $57.48
Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set, The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles for Kids, Creativity and Educational Building Toys for Children, STEM Approved • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Crayola Crayon Classpack, School Supplies, 16 Colors (50 Each), 800ct • Amazon Business $40.66 1 $40.66
Magazine File Holder (Set of 24, White), Sturdy Cardboard Magazine Holder, Folder Holder, Magazine Organizer, Folder Organizer, Magazine Box, File Storage, or Book Bins for Classroom Library Organizer • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Ricky, the Rock That Couldn't Roll (You Rock Group) • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Dragons Love Tacos • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Words Are Not for Hurting (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
The Breaking News • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
I'm Sad (The I'm Books) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Extra Yarn • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Grumpy Monkey • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Dare! (The Weird! Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Weird!: A Story About Dealing with Bullying in Schools (The Weird! Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Mouth Is A Volcano • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wilma Jean - The Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
The Gardener • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $8.30 1 $8.30
Personal Space Camp • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
How to Be Comfortable in Your Own Feathers • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
The Thank You Book • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89

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