Skills Building: Jabari Jumps (PK-2)

Unit11 Book- Jabari Jumps

Written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall 

Pre- Reading Questions 

  1. What is something you were once afraid to do that you can handle now?
  2. What does it take for you to face your fears?
  3. What do you think perspective taking means?
  4. How can you help someone else tackle something that scares them?

Post- Reading Questions

  1. Why do you think Jabari kept stalling instead of taking the jump?
  2. What was the advice Jabari’s dad gave him?
  3. What do you think Jabari was experiencing after he jumped?
  4. What will you do next time when you are afraid to try something new?

Creative Enrichment Activity: Perspective Taking Safety Goggles (PK-2)


Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all, or is he?


  • Cardstock paper pre-printed with goggle template (Easier) OR craft foam (Will need to trace goggle pattern on foam to cut out)
  • Scissors (for each student, if needing to cut out pattern)
  • Pipe Cleaners (2-3 for each student)
  • Hole Punch (1 for the instructor)
  • Art supplies (Markers, crayons, color pencils for each student to share at their work table)
  • *Option: fun supplies: sequins, stickers, feathers, pom poms, etc.*
  • *If going with the fun supplies option, will need glue*

Duration40-45 minutes (for staff: 5-minute pre-activity setup, 5-minute prep)

  • 5 minutes: Introduce the activity
  • 20 minutes: Activity 
  • 5 minutes: Clean up
  • 5 minutes: Reflect and share


  1. Staff should print goggle templates on cardstock paper prior to the activity
    1. IF craft foam is being used instead, staff will need to pre-trace goggle template on craft foam for each child, OR pre-cut a goggle template for students to trace on the craft foam.
  2. Introduce the activity using the book. 
  3. Using scissors, students will cut out their goggles on cardstock or craft foam
    1. IF using craft foam and templates not pre-traced, students will need to trace a goggle template on craft foam and then cut out their goggle shape. 
    2. If time or grade level does not permit, staff will need to pre-cut goggles for each student.
  4. Once a student has finished cutting, staff will use a hole punch to make a hole on both sides of the goggles for pipe cleaners to be inserted.
  5. Next, students will wrap 2-3 pipe cleaners together (depending on the size of their head) and insert and wrap them around the hole punched holes. Pipe cleaners and goggles should be connected to fit around the child’s head.
  6. If time and materials permit, students can now decorate their goggles with markers, sequins, glue, stickers, etc. 
  7. Clean up the materials. 
  8. Reflect as a group. 

Reflection Questions

  •  What superpowers do your goggles give you to feel safer?
  •  When is a time that you think you’ll need and use your safety perspective taking goggles?
  •  How do your safety goggles make you feel?
Safety Goggles