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Grade Level Grades K-5
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Guide your students through a fun journey of optimism! In this expert-designed lesson, students learn about optimism, and the importance of being optimistic. Students are introduced to optimism via a letter from Lucia. Then, students examine how optimism is modeled in our story The Peekapak Pals and the Mysterious Box.

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Optimism is a form of positive thinking that guides us in our belief about how successful we think our actions and outcomes will be. Optimists believe they have the skill and ability to make good things happen and are able to reframe a negative event to seek out the positive. They believe negative events are rare occurrences and, if they happen, are not their fault, but are due to external factors.



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January 4, 2021
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Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.


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