Growth Mindset Bulletin Board Activities
Develop a growth mindset with two dynamic lessons for elementary students.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Encourage students to develop a growth mindset with a colorful set of motivational cards. The Growth Mindset Bulletin Board will aid you in building students’ self-confidence and reminding them to be positive when faced with challenges. How do you turn a bulletin board into an interactive lesson? Check out two dazzling activities below!
Take the Stage
Standards Met: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1; CCRA.W.10
What You Need: Growth mindset phrase cards
What to Do: Pair students, and have partners choose one phrase card as the focus of a skit. Tell pairs they will work together to draft a script for two actors, in which one character makes a transformation from a negative mindset to a growth mindset. Have students rehearse and refine their scripts. Encourage them to write and follow stage directions that will convey the changing emotions of their characters—such as sighs, eye rolls, raised eyebrows, grins, or laughter. Also encourage students to add realistic speech words to their dialogue to better reveal emotions, such as man, hmm, I don’t know, and awesome! Explain that the rest of the class will try to guess which phrase they are acting out, so to avoid giving it away too easily, students should use different words than on the phrase cards.
As each pair presents its skit, have audience members quietly write down which phrase they think is being shown and why. Then have the class share their ideas with the performers, discussing whether the performers communicated what they intended. Ask the audience to cite specific details from the performance they believe best illustrated the mindset.
Standards Met: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.3; CCRA.SL.1; McREL Visual Arts Standard 1
What You Need: Growth mindset phrase cards, drawing paper, art supplies, assorted comic books or graphic novels, copier or scanner
What to Do: Pass around a variety of comic books or graphic novels for students to use for reference. Have group members work together to invent original characters and draft a brief storyline about a protagonist who goes from a negative mindset to a growth mindset. Tell students they will include speech bubbles to show dialogue, and that one speech bubble must contain the text shown on their phrase card. Once groups have planned their ideas, have them divide up tasks to create the comic. For example, different group members might draw the various characters, one or more students might be in charge of drawing the background imagery, one or two might write the text, etc. Encourage group members to agree on a common style—such as whether to use crisp, bold colors or loose watercolors, for example.
When groups have finished their comics, make color copies or scans of each one. Assemble the printouts to make a classroom comic book to pass out to each student, or distribute digital e-booklets. Encourage students to discuss and enjoy the lessons in their classmates’ comic strips.
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