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Trying by Kobi Yamada is a new picture book by the same author as MaybeWhat Do You Do with a Chance, What Do You Do with an Idea, and What Do You Do with a Problem? This file includes activities for this beautiful new picture book!

This growth mindset literature unit for Trying by Kobi Yamada was created for 2nd-4th grade. This new picture book works perfectly in conjunction with Maybe by Kobi Yamada, What Do You Do With an Idea?, What Do You Do With a Chance?, and What Do You Do With a Problem?.

The activities in the literature companion focus more on the concepts presented in the story and less on the content (although there are vocabulary words included).

This file includes the following:

  • 10 discussion questions in list and task card formats.
  • an answer sheet for the discussion questions
  • vocabulary matching page (and answer key)
  • “If I Were an Animal” worksheet
  • 3 pennant banners to create a bulletin board (students can choose which one they’d like to fill out)
  • writing activity (choose someone who has had a significant impact on your life)
  • growth mindset connections
  • Journal Entry: A Sculpture of My Life!
  • sculpture activities and sculptor research pages (7 pages)
  • two quotes coloring pages
  • four quotes posters (smaller versions also included)
  • instructions and link for Google Slides

I hope this product will help your students understand the value of failure and making mistakes. These activities are also perfect for teachers or counselors helping students develop a growth mindset.


This product includes a digital option (as well as the no-prep printable option). The digital portion instructions appear at the end of the packet.

Technology Requirements:

  • A Google Drive account
  • If sharing with students, a Drive account that is linked to student Google accounts
  • Can be shared/delivered on Google Classroom
  • Only need access to Google Drive–no outside links to worry about!

This file can be used with iPads, chrome books, laptops, and desktops as long as your students have access to Google Drive or Classroom on a device. The digital portion of this product is on Google Slides™.

Kirsten Tulsian has 18 years of experience in elementary education. She has been a homeroom teacher for first grade, third grade, and fourth grade, as well as ESL. She has also been a school counselor for grades PK-6, an ESL pullout teacher for K-6, and a Reading Recovery Teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from The University of Iowa and a Master’s of Education in school counseling from Sam Houston State University. She believes that students make the most progress when they are engaged in their hearts as well as their minds. Her resources offer relevant, rigorous, engaging content that nurtures the whole child.


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