Teachers' Corner

Project Cornerstone Teachers' Corner

Welcome Teachers! Many of you asked for extension activities and more information on the lessons. We will post the specifics for each book shortly after the Reader training on the first Wednesday of each month.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact the Project Cornerstone Co-Leads:

Monica Teicher, Jessica Lemieux, Vinita Alwyn, and Katie Hoffman at pcbubb@gmail.com.


Ruby Bridges Goes to School (K-2) / This is Your Time (3-5): February Lesson

Theme: Tolerance for all and acceptance of differences.

Goal: Guide students toward actions that build a more caring, just, inclusive, tolerant and safe school community. Promote a sense of belonging in school by using student’s personal power as UPstanders to include all students.

Teacher Letter

Asset Focus: Social Competencies, Positive Identity

SEL Core Competencies: Relationship Skills

PBIS: Be Respectful

Be an UPstander.

Identify the caring adults in your web of support.

Respect your classmates.

Accept others.

Understand that everyone belongs.

It takes one to make a difference.

Stand up for each other.

Digital Citizenship: Screen Out the Mean

Complementary Book List:

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull

Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco

Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tommie dePaola

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Remember The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison

Resist by Veronica Chambers

Separate is Never Equal; Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for

Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson

Chapter Books:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

*Available in Spanish

When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really, Angry: December/January

Theme: Stop, think, and choose how to react to strong emotion.

Goal: Identify, acknowledge, and express feelings in safe, positive, healthy ways. Be in charge of your feelings.

Teacher Letter

Asset Focus: Support Social Competencies

SEL Core Competencies: Self Management, Self-Awareness

PBIS: Be Safe

Be the director of your emotions.

Stop, think, and choose how to react when emotions are out of control.

Take 5 to calm down.

Be able to switch directions and make positive choices.

De-escalate conversations. Use peaceful conflict resolution. Make genuine apologies.

Avoid bucket dipping.

Digital Citizenship: Power of Words

Complementary Book List:

*Cool Down and Work Through Anger by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean

Sometimes I’m Bambaloo by Rachel Vail

What is a Thought? (A Thought is a Lot) by Jack Pransky and Amy Kahofer

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Chapter Books:

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

*Available in Spanish

Big: November



Teacher Letter

Asset Focus: Empowerment, Social Competencies

SEL Core Competencies: Social Awareness

PBIS: Be Respectful

Take small steps to be big; Be big for the environment; Be big and fill buckets of others; Be Inspired to be Great; Let someone line up in front of you; Write notes of encouragement; Be nice to everyone; Introduce yourself to new students; Give second chances.

Digital Citizenship: N/A

Complementary Book List:

Come with me by Holly McGhee

Do Onto Otters by Lorrie Keller

Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong

The Goat Lady by Jane Bregoli

June Peters, You Will Change the World by Alika Turner

Kindness Quilt by Nancy Wallace

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña

Lessons From A Street Kid by Craig Kielburger

A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley

One Hen: How one small loan can make a big difference by Katie Smith Milway

One Smile by Cindy McKinley

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

Reach Out and Give by Cheri Meiners (K-2)

Rhino In the House by Daniel Kirk

Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa that Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller

Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn

*Save the Planet/Slava el Planeta by Lorenzo Liberto

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Twenty-two Cents by Paula Yoo

When Life Gives you lemons, Change the world! Make a Stand by Vivienne Harr

Chapter Books:

Mother West Wind’s Children by Thornton W. Burgess

Giraffe's Can't Dance: October

Teacher Letter

Asset Focus: Empowerment, Positive Identity

SEL Core Competencies: Self-Awareness

PBIS: Be Responsible

Choose how to react; Focus on the positive; Turn "I can’t" into an "I can" attitude; Be responsible for your own behavior and

feelings; Use positive self-talk.

Digital Citizenship: Show respect online

Complementary Book List:

Blue Ribbon Day by Katie Couric

The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric

A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson

The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog by Gloria Estefan

Not Yet by Lisa Cox and Lori Hockema

Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail by Greg McGoon

Chapter Books:

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Invisible Boy: September

Teacher Letter

Asset Focus: Positive Values, Social Competencies

SEL Core Competencies: Relationship Skills

PBIS: Use Respect

Smile; Say “Hi” first; Introduce yourself; Get to know your classmates; Invite and include classmates to play; Don’t dip into

other’s buckets; Use your lid; Stop, think, and understand; Give second chances; Treat others kindly.

Digital Citizenship: Talking Safety Online, and Cyberbullying

Complementary Book List:

Being Friends by Karen Beaumont

Best Friends for Francis by Russell Hoban

Better than You by Trudy Ludwig

The Blue Ribbon Day by Katie Couric

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

Friends to the End by Bradley Trevor Greive

The Friendship Bench by Whitney Dineen

How Alex Learned to Choose his Friends/Como Alex aprendió a escoger sus amigos by Mayra Ottati Stern

How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson

The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco

Making Friends is an Art by Julia Cook

Since We’re Friends: An Autism Picture Book by Celeste Shally and David Harrington

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

Strickly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

Chapter Books:

Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks