See the entire growth mindset lesson by downloading the preview. This is a student favorite book COMBINED with a student favorite lesson! Kids LOVE it.
Ramon LOVES drawing anytime, anything, anywhere. But his pleasure quickly turns into frustration and shame when his older brother points and laughs at Ramon’s drawing of a vase of flowers. From this moment, Ramon attempts to make his drawings “look right” (perfect) and loses all enjoyment in the process. Ramon eventually just gives up. However, Ramon’s attitude changes when he discovers that his younger sister Marisol had been sneaking his crumpled drawings into her room and hanging them on her wall. Marisol’s walls become a gallery of crumpled art.
Read aloud: ISH written by Peter Reynolds
Growth Mindset classroom anchor chart
Poster (author quote) for discussion and display
Bulletin board lettering “The Crumpled Paper Gallery” and decorative flowers
White construction paper - cut to 12” by 15” OR consider cutting the paper into a variety of different sizes and allowing students to choose
-ish art templates
Locate the read aloud ISH
Print the anchor chart
Print the quote
Print the comprehension questions – 1 copy per student
Print and trim the bulletin board lettering IF you’d like to showcase the art
Print the –ish art templates (there are three to a single sheet, each student needs
Simple teaching directions:
Show students the book cover and share the story summary.
Explain that the book ISH helps students to understand “A Growth Mindset.”
Share the “Growth Mindset” anchor chart.
Read aloud: ISH by Peter Reynolds reminding students to pay careful attention to the illustrations (the story is also available as a read aloud on YouTube).
Distribute the comprehension questions (students can be placed in cooperative groups to complete the work)
Discuss student response with the whole group.
Distribute the precut white construction paper.
Distribute the art “-ish” student templates.
Ask students to neatly write their name – centered - near the top of the construction paper.
Ask students to consider the world around them. What do they embrace and love? It can be a person, place, thing, emotion, or idea. Examples: grandma, New York, autumn, love, justice
Ask students to neatly write the chosen word on the –ish template and glue it centered near the bottom of the construction paper.
Students draw using pencil and crayons filling up the ENTIRE space with color AND detail.
When the drawings are complete advise students to crumple their drawings – into a ball. Students then open the drawing.
Ask: “Why did we crumple our drawings? What does the action of crumpling the drawing symbolize?”
Consider showcasing the drawings on a bulletin board with the lettering and decorative flowers (provided), the Peter Reynolds’ quote (provided), AND the Growth Mindset anchor chart. Add white Christmas lights and WOW!
Smart and so much fun!
Here is a Growth Mindset lesson using the book THE DOT by Peter Reynolds! Check it out!