Free Growth Mindset: Turning Mistakes into Opportunities

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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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20 pages


If you are teaching Growth Mindset to your class, you need this Freebie. Flip That Flop is a fun activity that teaches students mistakes are a good thing and how to learn from mistakes and turn them into learning opportunities.

There are three adaptations of the activity in this freebie – two versions of the flip flop book, and one version for a bulletin board display.

I have included 4 scenarios of common mistakes kids make to use as practice to get your kiddos thinking about mistakes and how to turn them into opportunities. Once they are familiar with the format, they can then write about mistakes they have made and how what they learned from them.

Here are a few other ways you can use this activity:

• As a reading response activity. Many of the stories in reading texts feature characters making mistakes or experiencing failure. This would be a fun activity to get the kiddos thinking, problem solving, and responding to literature.

• As a get to know you activity at the beginning of the year.

• As an end of the year reflection where students write about their biggest mistake that year and what they learned.

• As part of a biography study - many of us use biographies in our classroom, and most famous people have overcome great obstacles and made mistakes on their journey to success. You could put these on a bulletin board and title it Famous Flops.

• As a reflection after a math lesson. Students could write down their math mistake and then analyze their error and write how to do it correctly and what they learned. This is a great activity that allows students to demonstrate conceptual understanding of math.


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