April 1st - April 5th

Growth Mindset

Monday: All Classes

Share with students the definition of Growth Mindset from our posters. Explain that growth mindset is the trait for this month.

Tuesday: All Classes

Explain to students how we are going to watch some clips this week that are about Austin how he shows growth mindset with his butterfly project.


Show students the clip below.


Today's Discussion Question:


1. Did Austin's picture look like a butterfly?

2. Did it look like the one in the scientific picture?

Wednesday: All Classes

Show students the video clip below that continues Austin's butterfly.


Today's Discussion Questions


1. Was Austin able to make more improvements to his 2nd draft?

2. Did it look more like the scientific picture?

3. How is Austin using growth mindset to complete more drafts?

Thursday: All Classes

Show students the final clip below that concludes Austin's butterfly.


Today's Discussion Questions:


1. How much growth do you think Austin made from Draft 1 to Draft 6?

2. For us to grow in our learning/projects is it important to get good feedback from teachers or classmates?

3. In what part of your learning can you us growth mindset to make improvements to work?

Friday: All Classes

Team Building


Take some time to team build with your class. Here are some examples to choose from.


Human Knot


Starting in a circle, students connect hands with two others people in the group to form the human knot – right hand to right hand; left hand to left hand; connecting with two different people. As a team they must then try to unravel the “human knot” forming into a untangled circle by untangling themselves without breaking the chain of hands.



Hot Seat

This fun game is a lot like the game show Password. Split your class into two teams and have them sit together in teams facing the white board or chalk board. Then take an empty chair—one for each team—and put it at the front of the class, facing the team members. These chairs are the “hot seats.” Choose one volunteer from each team to come up and sit in the “hot seat,” facing their teammates with their back to the board.

Prepare a list of vocabulary words to use for the game. Choose one and write it clearly on the board. Each team will take turns trying to get their teammate in the hot seat to guess the word, using synonyms, antonyms, definitions, etc. Make sure team members work together so that each member has a chance to provide clues.

The student in the hot seat listens to their teammates and tries to guess the word. The first hot seat student to say the word wins a point for their team. Once the word is successfully guessed, a new student from each team sits in the hot seat, and a new round begins with a different word.



Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary