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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Goldfinch Books Activities

It's been a busy few weeks reading and talking about and working with our Iowa Goldfinch nominees! Two books that became quick favorites were Rosie Revere Engineer and The Most Magnificent Thing.

We talked about both main characters' struggles to make "just right" and magnificent things and how frustrated they became--either on their own or because other people made them feel as though their work wasn't their best. All of us could relate to the characters and could connect to their stories. We talked about times in our own lives when perseverance and a growth mindset paid off.

To celebrate our individual creations and show our own "magnificent things" at work, we folded paper airplanes. Students could fold the planes as they'd like, and we also had a pattern to follow if students wanted to use a template. We then stepped into the hallway to test our designs.

What "magnificent things" have you created recently? And, how have you shown a growth mindset with your work?

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