Throughout the school year, students will work on numerous projects and assignments. Honestly, they will face new challenges each day. While they may want everything to be smooth and straightforward, this isn’t the point of education. So, they will experience frustration, anger, and disappointment.
When this happens, students must understand the importance of a growth mindset. They need to stay positive, make needed changes, and keep working. Since this is difficult to do, developing a growth mindset with The Most Magnificent Thing will be helpful!
The story and Read Aloud Activities will show students the importance of never giving up!
The Most Magnificent Thing
Author Ashley Spires is here to show students how important it is to have a growth mindset!
Children love to dream big! In this story, a girl sets out to make the most incredible creation. In her mind, she knows how it will look, how she will make it, and everything she needs. However, she soon learns that while it sounds easy, it is so hard. After trying and failing numerous times, she decides to quit.
Thankfully, her dog knows how failures help lead to success! After taking a long walk together, the girl has a fresh mindset. She is ready to work hard again to make her dream creation a reality!
Students will love to see how developing a growth mindset with The Most Magnificent Thing helped make something amazing.
Teachers cannot expect students to know how to handle all the emotions they will experience each year. For instance, students may become frustrated over an assignment and not know how to manage their feelings. So, they become angry and say things they don’t mean. This is exactly why teachers find creative ways to add social-emotional learning into lessons.
All teachers know that planning can take up so much time. That is why the teacher guide outlines the entire unit. There is an introduction to help students prepare, an overview of the activities, and essential vocabulary words. Essentially, this is a complete lesson plan made just for you.
When learning about a growth mindset, it is helpful for students to see they are all learning to have one. They need to know that their classmates are also learning to handle emotions and disappointments. Thankfully, there are higher-level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. There are even page numbers to help teachers know exactly where in the story to stop. Students will love knowing they have supportive, caring classmates all around them.
Honestly, it may be challenging for students to understand how their emotions affect their lives. They may not see how getting frustrated and giving up makes them feel sad and hurt. This is why the resource includes a written response and activity sheet. There are even multiple options for differentiation. Ultimately, this will allow students to reflect on the importance of a growth mindset.
Furthermore, there is hands-on craftivity! Students will love how they craft the story into their lives.
Application with a Growth Mindset
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the class relates to life outside the school. Therefore, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions. Each task card will help students understand the importance of a growth mindset. Likewise, it will help them see how it is okay to take a moment to breathe before getting back to the task.
There are different ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. They even work perfectly for individual work time. No matter how students complete the task cards, they will appreciate developing a growth mindset with The Most Magnificent Thing.
No Prep Resource
Teachers have to handle so much. Thankfully, the Read Aloud Activities are all no prep! Teachers just need to print the resources and help inspire students to think positive thoughts!
All teachers want students to enjoy being in the classroom. This is why school is not just about core subjects. It is about teaching students about responsibility, hard work, and being kind to others. Thankfully, students will see the importance of developing a growth mindset with The Most Magnificent Thing! Between the book and Read Aloud Activities, students will know exactly how to handle frustrations.
Free Read Aloud Lesson
Would you like to try out an interactive read aloud lesson? You can grab this free lesson plan for Jabari Jumps to share with your students. This free download focuses on helping students overcome challenges. Each lesson includes discussion questions and activities to do with the book. Just fill out the form below and it will be delivered straight to your inbox!
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