This packet was created to help you instill a growth mindset in your young learners (kindergarteners-2nd graders) from the very beginning of the school year. Many times, our students will quickly say that they “can’t” do something or that it is “too hard.” This packet is designed to help give your students new verbiage, a new mindset, and a toolbox to pull from when they encounter a problem.
A growth mindset is when you believe that you are constantly in progress. It is the intrinsic thought within that tells you that you are not quite done yet and that you are forever growing, changing, and making progress.
A fixed mindset is when you believe that your abilities, thoughts, and skills are “fixed” and that you can’t do anything about them. It is the belief that there is little you can do to improve upon the skills you already have.
This packet consists of a series of lesson plans and activities that you can use in your classroom to help your students develop a growth mindset from the very start of the school year.
Included in this packet you will receive;
-5 fully written out lesson plans
-anchor chart ideas/materials
-bulletin board ideas/materials
-recording pages for students in grades K-2
I start my school year teaching these five lesson plans and then circle back to explicitly teach each trait or habit that students who use a growth mindset have (optimism, flexibility, resilience, persistence, and empathy). This is just the beginning of your journey in developing a growth mindset in your students. My hope is that these lessons instill in your students an “I can” attitude and helps create a dynamic class culture.
The lesson plans included in this packet are paired to beloved picture books:
Lesson 1 (Your Fantastic Elastic Brain)
Objective: Students will learn that their brains can stretch and grow as they take on new challenges.
Lesson 2 (Flight School: can/yet)
Objective: Students will learn the power of “yet.”
Lesson 3 (The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes)
Objective: Students will begin to understand that mistakes help their brains stretch and grow!
Lesson 4 (Beautiful Oops)
Objective: Students will learn what to do when they make a mistake. They will also become familiar with the saying, “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”
Lesson 5 (The Dot)
Objective: Students will learn “growth mindset” verbiage they can use in the classroom.
Each lesson plan comes with a variety of recording pages, anchor chart materials, and activities to help your students internalize these lessons.
I know that your young learners will love these lessons and that you will enjoy all of the materials, real life picture posters, and other items included in this pack. Please look at the preview to see many pages from the packet.