Growth Mindset - Students 2


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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Read the descriptions below. If it is a characteristic of a growth mindset color it blue. If it is the characteristic of a fixed mindset color it red.

Sees challenges as opportunities to grow Threatened by challenges
Acknowledge weaknesses Intimidated by weaknesses
Pessimistic and unrealistic goals Optimistic and realistic goals
Not easily influenced by peers Easily influenced by peer pressure
Gives up easily Highly persistent
Sees new tasks as feared Sees new tasks as exciting
Believes mistakes are bad Believes mistakes are a chance to grow

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Changing our words can help change our mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Complete the chart.

Instead of saying:

Try saying:

It’s good enough.

I give up

I'm no good at math

I made a mistake

I’ll never be as good as that person

This is too hard.

I’m not good at this.

This plan didn’t work

Student Activity Sheet C

Who are the characters in this script?

What is Chris and PJ working on?

What do Chris and PJ do that demonstrates a growth mindset?

What do Chris and PJ do that demonstrates a fixed mindset?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. In red circle two verbs.


A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence.

Example script demonstrating a growth mindset:
Chris: This math is so hard.
PJ: I know it is.
Chris: It may take us some time but I know if we work hard we can do it.
PJ: I think your right! Let’s keep working.

Example script demonstrating a fixed mindset:
Chris: This math is so hard.
PJ: I know it is.
Chris: I quit. I can’t do it.
PJ: Me too. It’s too hard

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Fill in the blank with growth or fixed.

A mindset is having the attitude that our most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication.

A mindset is the opposite of a growth mindset. It means you think you can’t get better at things, even with practice.

When you have a mindset you want to quit and give up.

With a mindset individuals are always working to develop their skills.