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Bury “Can’t Lists” in Class Funeral

Found In: back to school, outdoor activities, motivating students

On the first day of school this year I held a funeral with my class. The children made a list of all the things they could not do. I collected the lists, grabbed a shovel and a pine tree seedling. I told the kids we were having a funeral. We all walked outside and dug a hole to bury the “Can’t Lists” and to plant the new seedling in the same hole.

The purpose was to learn to never say “can’t” again. The new tree is a positive reminder of this lesson whenever we look at it. The children are quick to let others know that they are not allowed to say the word “can’t”. The local newspaper got hold of the story and wrote about us. What a successful lesson!


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