I am so excited to be a part of The Little Linebacker Official Virtual Book Tour! What an awesome book to share with my students! I first introduced the word "determination". We talked about what that word meant and decided it went well with another word that we learned this year, "perseverance". For first grade students, the theme of WORKING HARD and NEVER GIVING UP really seemed to resonate. What were the things they have had to work hard to achieve:
riding a bicycle
learning math concepts
riding a skateboard
These were just a few of my fave's---especially "listening"!
My next question was "Who writes books?" Of course they named some of their favorite authors. I asked them if football players could write books. Some said YES and others said they didn't think so. I told them I was going to read them a true story about a boy who grew up to be a professional football player and that the book was written by him and Maria Dismondy (one of our favorite authors)! They thought that was pretty cool. They loved the part where it would say "A few years later...". We would make predictions about what was going to happen. What happened when the coach said they only practiced once a week? We made predictions about how Stephen could still get some practice time in and they came up with great ideas. We made predictions about what he could do when he scored poorly on a test. We talked about how Stephen was a great example of using growth mindset and having grit!
Great story to read and talk about with your kids.
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Thanks for the great story Stephen and Maria!