Jabari Jumps Activities

Jabari Jumps activities engage students in writing and speaking skills as they also work towards a growth mindset. The diverse set of activities are great for differentiated instruction, and support English Language Arts and social skills. 

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51 pages

Grades PreK-5


Taking a giant leap takes a lot of courage for Jabari. Will he make a splash? The Jabari Jumps activities get students thinking critically about what it takes to make that leap. They’ll also think about their own goals and how to get there.  These low and no-prep activities engage students in English Language Arts skills as they sequence, analyze, and write. They’ll also work towards a growth mindset through personal goal setting.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • identify letters
  • alphabetize words
  • illustrate story elements
  • analyze the main character 
  • summarize the story
  • write about problem/solution and cause/effect
  • draw and write about personal goals 
  • sort growth mindset terms
  • write about growth mindset 
  • write about perspective 
  • analyze the theme 
  • write about figurative language
  • complete a story plot
  • design and explain a medal
  • learn more about swimming
  • set and work on goals
  • respond to discussion questions and writing prompts

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills.

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About the Book

Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board after swimming lessons. He says he's not scared. As he watches others jump, he works up the nerve to do the same. Young readers will be inspired to face their own fears after reading this sweet story.  

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