New Year Activities Growth Mindset Podcasts Bundle


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Wouldn’t it be awesome to start the new year with fun growth mindset activities that will help your students be their very best? These four NO PREP, interactive, high-interest SEL podcast activities will help your students set goals, dream big, and learn to make the most of their amazing minds!

BONUS! The Growth Mindset podcast bundle includes a special bonus SMART goals poster that can only be found in the bundle, along with the following resources:

  • Listen-Learn-Write #12 SMART Goals teaches students how to set SMART Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Timely.
  • Listen-Learn-Write #11 Achieve Your Dreams teaches students how to train their brains to think in a positive way. They will learn how to dream, how to handle doubts, and why it is important to manage their negative thoughts.
  • Listen-Learn-Write #5 The Importance of Recess proves that kids actually NEED recess to learn! This activity will equip them with fascinating evidence proving that taking some time to move and play actually makes them SMARTER!
  • Listen-Learn-Write #3 Polymaths! A polymath is a multi-talented person who has a lot of knowledge about many subjects. Their stories are cool and inspirational! Kids will enjoy learning about polymaths of the past and might even be inspired to become a polymath!

The mystery picture and writing activities are terrific for middle school students who need a little extra practice learning to listen for critical information. Students will LOVE the podcast, and they’ll be excited to see the hidden picture slowly being revealed as they answer the self-checking multiple-choice questions correctly.

The writing prompts are all EDITABLE, and they provide an excellent way for students to use inference skills combined with creativity. They require kids to integrate information from the podcast into their own writing. Whether used in the classroom or at home, this is an excellent tool for helping students improve their listening and writing skills!


Each podcast listening and writing activity is quick to prep and implement because all you have to do is give students the links to the podcast audio and the activity. That’s it! You can choose to do the hidden picture AND the writing tasks, or you can do just one or the other. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!


  1. You can use them during a growth mindset unit or spread them out and use them when you sense your students need a little boost of SEL!
  2. You might want to leave them with a sub. (They’re PERFECT substitute work because they’re NOT just busy work!)
  3. Use one to introduce a speaking and listening unit or a content-related lesson.
  4. Assign them between lessons or units, when you aren’t ready to start something new.
  5. Share the materials with early finishers.
  6. Assign them for homework or as an enrichment activity.
  7. Fun fridays!

What’s my favorite way to use this fun podcast listening and writing activity? Right before a vacation when the kids are a bit… squirrely!


  • Suggested classroom Do-Now activity for generating interest in creativity and inventions.
  • Several links to access the podcast. Students can use their own devices or you can play it for the whole class.
  • Listening tips for students
  • Google Sheets activity with 9 multiple choice questions and a hidden mystery picture
  • 1 Google Slides with short response writing prompts
  • 1 Google slide that provides students with extension questions to encourage curiosity and research
  • Answer key
  • An OPTIONAL editable file
  • An OPTIONAL pdf version

NOTE: The podcast audios are not included; however, I supply you with several links to access them.

*BONUS: SMART Goals poster that can be printed and taped together to form a 42″ poster to remind students how to set SMART goals.


Students will practice:

  • listening comprehension skills
  • inferencing skills
  • using digital media
  • writing using textual evidence
  • writing for a specific task, purpose, and audience


Part 1: Podcast and Self-Checking Mystery Picture: about 20-30 minutes

Part 2: Writing: This will take another 15-20 minutes or can be a bit longer if you review the answers and have students share the creative writing part.

Bonus Writing Extension: This part enables students to continue learning, and can take 10-20 minutes.



♡ They’re Easy to Use!

All you have to do is assign the tasks you want students to do. Everything is self-directed! Students will learn while working independently. It’s a great activity to leave with a sub!

♡ They Provide Valuable Skill Practice

Students must learn to listen actively, recall information, make inferences, and provide evidence. This resource provides that valuable practice in a unique and imaginative way.

♡ They’re Fun and Engaging!

Each podcast is engaging and perfectly appropriate for middle school. Students will love learning and they’ll love trying to uncover the self-checking mystery picture! They’ll also have a blast with the fun creative writing task!

Thanks for checking out Listen, Learn, Write activities! Be sure to look at the preview to see everything that’s included!

Wishing you the best!

Darlene Anne


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