This beginning of the year packet was designed to help you instill a love for learning and growing in the hearts and minds of your young mindsets! The activities in this packet work wonderfully with whole or small groups. I hope you and your students enjoy using these materials.
In this 33 page packet you will find:
- an original story about a character named Growing GUS who teaches children that growing up can be hard, but if you are willing to try, learning isn't so bad. (available in color and black and white)
- a parent brochure that is chock full of helpful reading information, including what a growth vs fixed mindset is, a list of do's and don'ts to use, and great questions to ask while discussing goals for the upcoming year. (available in color and black and white)
- "Ready to have a Growth Mindset or Not Yet?" Activity #1
This activity can be completed as a whole group or table groups (if you teach an older grade). Students will be introduced to 8 different characters. Each character is behaving a different way while learning and playing at school. Your class must determine whether their behavior is “Growth Mindset” behavior or not. (Example: “Shannon’s group was ready to build and try an obstacle course using books and tape with a battery operated car. When the books fell down, she grabbed more and said, “I bet we need to find something to support the book.”) This is an excellent activity for students to act out and spend time discussing whether these characters Brian's are ready for growth or not.
"Scoot!" Activity #2
This activity could also be done as a whole group or table groups. Students will read about 20 cards with statements character's make about their learning. Students will have to determine if the statement means the character has a growth or fixed mindset.