Activity Overview

Part of being a student is making mistakes. At times, students will be challenged or face obstacles. It is easy to turn obstacles into excuses, but overcoming them will be an important skill for life. Recognizing mistakes is only the first part; learning from them is more important. Students may dwell on their mistakes even if they seem insignificant to others, and this may cause them to not want to take positive risks or try something new. Practicing and realizing that mistakes are a part of life is important.

In this activity, students will flip mistakes into a learning experience. Individually, students can use their own mistakes since their storyboard will be viewed by only them and the teacher, but if this is used as a group or partner activity, students may want to create examples outside of their own experience. In this case, it may even be helpful for the teacher to provide several mistakes that students can select from and discuss how to change each one into a positive learning experience.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard showing lessons learned when making everyday mistakes or obstacles.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label each column Obstacle/Mistakes and Lessons.
  3. In each mistake/obstacle cell, depict a common mistake or problem experienced by you or by teens in general.
  4. In each lesson cell, depict the character learning from this mistake or obstacle.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group


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