The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizza is a delightful picture book that tells the story of a little girl who learns the power of adding “yet” to the end of her sentences. If you’re looking for a story to teach growth mindset and the power of perseverance, this book is for you! In this blog post we will explore five fun activities that you can incorporate into your classroom after reading The Magical Yet.
1. Goal Setting with The Magical Yet
Have your students set goals for the school year. Something they can’t do YET… You could make an anchor chart listing all of their goals and display in the classroom. Then, students can write about something they can’t do quite yet. I think one of the most important things is having them think of ways they can reach that goal. After all, sometimes big goals take hard work!
2. Yet Craft
In The Magical Yet, everyone has a little “Yet” that follows them around to remind them to keep trying. Students can create their own Yet to remind them of all the things they can learn to do! You can hang the Yets around the classroom or hang them on a bulletin board with their Yet Writing. Let students take their Yets home and tell them to keep them in a spot where they can be reminded of the magic of “yet” every single day.
3. Words of Affirmation Chain
Introduce the topic of affirmations using an anchor chart. Discuss what words of affirmations are and brainstorm some words together. Watch and sing the affirmations song and then have your students create words of affirmation cards. They can create “I am” and “You are” statements. You could use the cards to create an affirmation bulletin board, or build an affirmation chain using string. You could even create an “affirmation station” with a mirror.
4. Magical Yet Potion
Read our Magical Yet Poem and create Magical Yet Potion. Lemonade for bravery, cotton candy for intelligence, sprinkles for perseverance, and nerds for strength.
5. Story Elements
Use The Magical Yet to introduce and review story elements with your students! Students can work in teams to complete a story map.
One last thing… this Sesame Street video about The Power of Yet is a MUST WATCH with your students!
Looking for other back to school activities? Check out this post HERE!