First Grade Lesson on Mindset & Strengths

After winter break, I like to do a refocus and reset activity with each of my classes. They do New Years Resolution or goal setting activities with their classroom teachers, so I try to focus on the mindset piece of that. What can we do to help ourselves stay focused and motivated toward those goals we set for ourselves? This mindset activity for 1st grade helps kids focus on what they can do now and think of ways to use those skills to help them keep moving forward!

Mindset Activity for 1st Grade: these are the activities I use with my first graders to help them stay focused on forward progress!

Mindset Activity for 1st Grade:

1 – Good News

I always start my classroom lessons by giving kids the space to share good news. I tell them it can be big, like you won the championship or small like you had your favorite breakfast today. Anything that is important to you counts!

2 – Story, So Many Things I Can Do!

Next, I read this little story that I wrote about honoring the things we can do. The story reminds us that if we focus on all the things we can’t do or focus on the things other people can do, we can feel discouraged. But if we focus on what we can do, it can give us new ideas for what to try next and help us find our personal strengths.

Mindset Activity for 1st Grade: these are the activities I use with my first graders to help them stay focused on forward progress!

Discussion questions:

  • What feelings did you notice in the story?
  • How do you feel when you focus on the things you can’t do?
  • How does using the word “yet” impact your feelings?

3 – We Can Alphabet

As a group, we make a We Can Alphabet. We come up with something that someone can do well for each letter of the alphabet. This gives us a change to celebrate everyone’s strengths and learn more about each other along the way! It’s so fun to see what skills or strengths the students share with the group.

Mindset Activity for 1st Grade: these are the activities I use with my first graders to help them stay focused on forward progress!

4 – I Can Alphabet

Students start working on an I Can Alphabet. They add 2-3 things they can do well to the alphabet. Then, I challenge them to keep it in their folder at school or on the fridge at home and add to it as they try new things and learn new skills! It’s the perfect way to encourage growth and maintaining a positive, forward looking mindset.

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