Growth mindset is developed through experience, struggle, failure, and triumph. Minute to Win challenges are designed to be a safe place for students to experience and understand this journey. This module is written for intermediate grade levels and can also be used at the middle school level.

This short module offers students fun team-based activities that will help them set a baseline performance and then actively engage to grow and improve. In addition, journal pages accompany each of the 4 suggested lessons, offering students an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and internalize their own mindset journey.

Management Tip: Each Minute To Win activity is designed for teams of 3. Break students into preselected teams before the first class and keep the same teams throughout the module. Use this opportunity to build team dynamics, relationships, and communication skills.

Module Resources

  • Complete Module Packet:

  • Module Overview

  • Equipment Listt:

  • Activity Plans:

  • Sample First Lesson:

  • Academic Language Cards:

  • Challenge Scorecards:

  • Universal Design Adaptations:

  • Self-Assessment:

  • Growth Mindset Journal Pages:

  • Holistic Performance Rubric:

  • Academic Language Quiz:

  • Teacher Self-Reflection:

  • 1-Minute Timer Music [Spotify, Apple]

Individual Activities

  • Balancing Act

  • Cone Catcher:

  • Hoop It Up:

  • Spinner Winner:

  • Hoop Toss:

  • Chopstick Noodles:

  • Egg Toss:

  • Ball Drop:

  • Balancing Spoons:

  • 1-Minute Timer Music [Spotify, Apple]

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 Personal Challenge:

  • (Grade 3) Discusses the challenge that comes from learning new physical activities.
  • (Grade 4) Rates the enjoyment of participating in challenging and mastered physical activities.
  • (Grade 5) Expresses the enjoyment and challenge of participating in a favorite physical activity.
  • (Grade 6) Recognizes individual challenges and copes in a positive way, such as extending effort, asking for help/feedback, and/or modifying the tasks.
  • (Grade 7) Generates positive strategies such as offering suggestions/assistance, leading/following others, and/or providing possible solutions when faced with a group challenge.
  • (Grade 8) Develops a plan of action and makes appropriate decisions based on that plan when faced with a challenge.