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Ms. Thies from Waterloo IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tools for Social-Emotional Learning

Help me give my students a white noise machine, bubble timers, and chair balls, among other items, to help them cope with their emotions!

  • $624 goal

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My Students

The students that are in my classroom come from a culturally diverse, urban area of Iowa. There are many different ethnicities at our school, with a large population of them being English Language Learners. We are also a Title I school that serves PreK-5th grade. A large majority of our students come from low income families, so our school provides free breakfast and lunch for all students. Since our students come from a high poverty area, many come to school to be in a safe and caring environment. Due to trauma and other triggers, our students sometimes do not have the social-emotional skills to communicate or cope with their emotions. As a school, we are continuously working on creating an environment where students can learn skills and strategies to communicate and cope in a positive way.

My Project

The vast majority of our students come from a high-poverty area or have trauma due to immigration or other childhood ACE factors. Students with trauma often struggle with positive social and emotional skills. Learning cannot happen unless students are in a mindset where learning can have an impact. Our school is working to give our students instruction in social and emotional learning to help students get to this mindset. Providing our students with a peace corner that is equipped with a white noise machine, bubble timers, and chair balls, among other tools, will help them refocus and calm their bodies and minds in a quick and effective way to allow them to get back to their learning.

Ms. Thies
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SONEic - Sleep, Relax and Focus Sound Machine. 10 Soothing White Noise and Natural Sound Tracks, with Timer Option. Crystal Clear Quality Sound Speaker & Headphone Jack. USB or Battery Powered - Black • Amazon Business $18.99 3 $56.97
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Best Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Lava Lamp Timer - Incredibly Effective Calming Toy for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer for Adhd • Amazon Business $14.95 3 $44.85
WALIKI Children's Chair Ball with Feet | Alternative Classroom Seat | Therapy Ball | 20"/50CM Gray • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
PILPOC theFube Fidget Cube - Premium Quality Fidget Cube Ball with Exclusive Protective Case, Stress Relief Toy (Black & Blue) • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Stress Relief Balls (3-pack) - Tear-Resistant, Non-toxic, BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free (Colors as Shown) - Perfect for Kids and Adults - Squishy Relief Toys for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism and More - By IMPRESA • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $11.91 3 $35.73
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $10.95 3 $32.85
Dr.Meter EM100 Kids Protective Earmuffs with Noise Blocking Children Ear muffs for Sleeping, Studying, Shooting, Babies 27NRR Adjustable Head Band • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $9.48 3 $28.44
It's My Way or the Highway: Turning Bossy Into Flexible and Assertive (Leader I'll Be!) (The Leader I'll Be) • Amazon Business $8.84 3 $26.52
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $8.81 3 $26.43
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $8.41 3 $25.23
4E's Novelty Expandable Ball Fidget Toy, Great Expanding Sphere Toy for Kids, Hand Catch Breathing Flower Balls, Pack of 1 Colors May Vary, for Stress Relief and Anxiety • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46

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