Back to School Classroom Community Building - Growth Mindset - Bulletin Board

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
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If you are looking to build classroom community in an engaging (and delicious) way, you will love this simple analogy that encourages persistence and understanding. Students will love the connection to how all students "POP at their own pace" when learning new material. Your back to school plans just got easier... start filling in those first week activities now. All you need is some "campfire popcorn" (you know, the kind that puffs up into a silver-domed spectacle) and a hot plate. You can also use a microwavable popcorn or a personal popcorn maker if you have access to one. Choose whatever works for you!

Pair the student writing activity with the printable bulletin board kit as a reminder of the rich conversation that comes from this demonstration.

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- Teacher Instructions & Suggestions

- Student Writing Pages (Two Versions)

- Printable Bulletin Board letters "We all POP at our own pace."

- BONUS Printable Door Display "Our Class Is Poppin'"

- Use a projector or document camera to enlarge the "popcorn box" in the bulletin board kit or easily make your own with butcher paper!

There are so many elements you could add to this lesson... sensory details, physical vs. chemical changes, Social Emotional Learning, or embed it as a quick demo in your morning meeting!

Here's another TASTY, engaging Back to School Activity to make your first week back a breeze... Back to School STEM Activity - Chip Ring Challenge - Engineering Process

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End of Year - Science of Water Slides - STEM Challenge & Unit - Teambuilding

Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!


Erin Hansen

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Total Pages
27 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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