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“I Can” Statements

“I can” statements break down the big curriculum ideas into more manageable targets for young students. They help students take ownership of of their progress. Involving students in the creation of “I can” statements that are posted in the classroom and used in student self-assessments is important.

Some books and videos to support teaching “I Can” statements to primary students:

I Can Be Anything!

by Jerry Spinelli
This book is an imaginative joyride about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer.

I Can Fly

by Fifi Kuo
Penguin is confused because he has wings and can flap, waddle, and leap like other birds, but he lands flat on his stomach when he tries to fly. His father tells him that penguins swim. Will he be able to find a way to fly?

I Am: Positive Affirmations for Kids

by Judi Abbot
A fun and whimsical board book featuring powerful affirmations to remind children of all the things they can love about themselves and what they have to offer the world.