Trying New Things - 3

Continued Growth

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Definition: Trying new things means attempting to participate in an activity or an event that you have never participated in previously.

Discussion Points

  • How would your life be if you stopped trying something new?
  • What are the benefits of learning new things?
  • What are some reasons people would give to avoid trying something new?
  • Is it easier to try new things with a friend?

Discuss with students what it means to try new things. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Think. Pair. Share:

    The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the activity to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking students what can cause a disagreement between two people.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or slips of paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

Reciprocal Questioning:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Have the pairs/groups develop questions using to ask other pair/groups about the discussion points.
  • Provide “anchor questions” (Do you think it is easier to agree or disagree? Why is it important to listen to another person's opposing viewpoint? ).
  • Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using their questions.

Activity 1: Whole Group Discussion

As a group, discuss why it is important to try new things. Record responses on the board.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Situations

Allow students to work with a partner or small group to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per group
  • Pencil for each group

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Create an animation demonstrating a social situation where one character is trying something new.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Develop a list of circumstances when you might need to try something new. See how many your group can come up with.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Share about a time you were reluctant to try something new. What were you asked to learn? What did you do? Did you follow through or did you refuse? How did you feel about the outcome?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. Why is it important to try new things.

    2. What advice would you share with others when they are trying something new?