Activity Overview

Growth Mindset is the belief that intelligence is constantly growing and changing with effort, persistence, and a focus on learning. It is the idea that our brains are not fixed, and that we can learn almost anything with time, effort, and the acceptance of failure and challenges. Fixed mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that our intelligence and qualities are traits that cannot be changed.

After reading the story I Can’t Do That YET by Esther Pia Cordova, kids should brainstorm positive thoughts that help them when they struggle to achieve a goal. Using a website chosen by the teacher or a printout of positive quotes, students will choose a quote that they like. Next, students will create a cell that states and illustrates that quote and print it out to keep as a day to day reminder that anything is possible. Teachers may want to laminate these or tape them to the students’ desks.

Other Picture Books for Teaching Growth Mindset

  • The Bad Seed by John Jory
  • Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars
  • My Strong Mind by Niels Van Hove
  • When Sophie Thinks She Can’t by Molly Bang
  • Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a cell that illustrates and states a positive quote of your choice.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Create an illustration that represents the quote using appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  3. Write the quote in the description box. Be sure to include who said the quote.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/1/1] Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2] Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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