See the entire Growth Mindset lesson by downloading the preview. This lesson can be used with or without the suggested read aloud. In the story THE THING LOU COULDN'T DO Lou and her friends are brave adventurers. One day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea. “Up there. The tree can be our ship.” This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree, and she’s sure she can’t do it. Lou tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them; her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. Is Lou just too afraid to try?
This picture book shows what children go through when confronted with something difficult. Spires portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives, and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. This book is the perfect companion for the following activities.
This item includes:
A Growth Mindset anchor chart. Comprehension questions.
Application of a growth mindset. An illustration page.
The YET student art.
Desk/locker/notebook tags (color and black/white).
Bookmarks (color and black/white). A bulletin board sign and lettering “The Power Of Yet.”
Upon completion of the lesson encourage students to share their thinking. Consider mounting the illustration page and/or the YET worksheet on colored construction paper to showcase student work. Add the bulletin board sign, the lettering, and white Christmas lights. You’ll have a WOW display of student thinking.
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