January Library Lesson | The Thing Lou Couldn't Do | New Year and Growth Mindset
When my students say "I can't do it!" -- I try to encourage them by replying, "Not YET maybe... but you WILL!" If you do the same, you're going to love Ashley Spires' book, The Thing Lou Couldn't Do. It's the brief story of an adventurous girl who is stopped short when she has to tackle her fear of a new experience -- climbing a big tall tree in the backyard with friends. This is the perfect book to celebrate the New Year or to introduce the concept of growth mindset. Your students will definitely be able to connect with Lou's problem in the story, and I've created a few quick and easy printables as follow-up activities.
-- Printables 1 and 2 -- K-1 will make personal "NOT YET" goal lists as they learn to use bullet points. These should be tasks that your little ones can't do YET... but want to conquer in the future. There's also a spot for them to sketch out a daunting task that they've been working on. The lists are a fun way to introduce the concept of New Year's resolutions, too!
(By the way, BOTH of these printables cover the same concept. I've simply included two versions -- one with a "Happy New Year" theme and one that will work on any goal-setting day! These list templates print two per sheet to save a little paper, too!)
-- Printables 3 and 4 -- Your older students (grades 2nd-4th) will work on a very simple crossword puzzle that features learning the meanings of 7 goal-setting words (GOALS, STRIVE, PLAN, PRACTICE, HOPE, PERSEVERE, and SUCCEED). Again, it's the same puzzle, I've just included two versions -- and an answer key that works for either one.
-- Discussion Prompt Cards -- In my experience, kids really relate to this book and have LOTS tha they want to say about it! I used to lead a whole class discussion after reading it, but now, I prefer to give everyone more opportunity to share in small groups. So, I divide my students and hand out these four discussion prompt cards (one set per group). One person in each group is tasked with being the "Group Facilitator," and he or she uses the questions on the cards to keep the conversation moving, but on track.
-- Bookmarks -- You'll get two printables with bookmarks that print 4 per page. One set has a "Happy New Year" theme and the other can be used to encourage your students on any day!
I hope your students love this growth mindset book as much as we do!
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