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Perseverance - Junie B. Activity
In this Junie B. worksheet, students share a time when they had to persevere even if it was tough. They write down the task and the accomplishment on a page that is decorated with a picture of Junie B.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
Character and Habits
Part of growing up is differentiating between good and bad habits; developing the positive and eliminating the negative. This resource on life skills can be adapted to almost any age group. Class members participate in multiple activities and a class discussion. They discuss the importance of honesty, responsibility, and trust as well as ways to eliminate bad habits. Reproducible handouts and all other necessary information are included.
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 15
“A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself … He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.”—John Foster. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 15 of 20 teaches the class about positive character traits using delicious M & M's to drive the lesson. The following traits are presented: responsibility, perseverance, caring, self-discipline, citizenship, honesty, courage, fairness, respect, and integrity. After the health lesson, the class will review all the stances, blocks, and kicks learned so far.
Courage Comes in All Sizes
What if heroes were defined by their philanthropic acts? What if children learned that most problems could be solved with words not guns? In the poem, Our Heroes, the virtuous hero wins through perseverance and self-control. After reading the poem, class members brainstorm examples of people who stood up for others and then select one person to use as the subject of a cinguain poem.
Building Character: Remaining Resilient, Resourceful, and Responsible in the Face of Adversity
Students examine the different types of adversity African-Americans face. As a class, they role-play different roles in scenerios in which they discover the importance of facing their fears and taking responsibility for their actions. To end the lesson, they share their own dreams for their future and discuss how to accomplish them.
Students explore, explain and experience the importance of good character traits in everyday life by assessing the challenging journeys traveled on the Oregon Trail. They study the daily accounts of perseverance and courage along the trail.
Courage to Be You: King Day
Students define discrimination and what its like to be a stranger.In this discrimination lesson, students research the lives of Vivien Thomas and Hamilton Naki. Students produce a wall display showing how they've overcome discrimination.
Holes Comprehension Companion
Here is a one-stop planning resource for Louis Sachar's Newbery Award-winning book Holes. You'll find 21 links to worksheets and various activities designed to span the entire book. Learners draw to help analyze settings and make inferences, study vocabulary, explore the theme of perseverance, and complete a learning log for each chapter. A host of other useful Holes-related links are also included for this neo-classic middle school novel.
Questions of Courage
Examine discrimination. In this character education lesson plan, learners read two biographies, Vivien Naki and Hamilton Naki then analyze their personal discrimination experiences. They complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two viewpoints.
The Clay Marble
Students probe the story, "The Clay Marble" by Minfong Ho to identify examples of courage, quick thinking, and perseverance. The lesson creatively extends the plot of the story by celebrating the heroin's birthday many years after the close of the novel.
Forming Open-Ended Questions
Help readers learn to create their own open-ended questions for any text you are working with. Using Bloom's Taxonomy, learners begin on the lower levels and work their way up to form questions that focus on synthesis instead of simple reading comprehension. Guided statements will facilitate the process for your class.
People to Look Up To
Learners research an assigned person who exemplifies one or more of the following character traits: respect for others, empathy, perseverance, integrity, composure under pressure or responsibility. They assess how a person's choices and actions eventually reflect the true character of an individual through a collage.
Building Character: Holocaust Survivor Testimonies
Host a fishbowl discussion to help your class recognize and articulate the relationship between words and the character traits they describe. They analyze Holocaust survivor testimonies and apply the character traits they observe. No links to video testimonies are attached, but they are easily found on the Internet.
Students explore heroism. In this character development and Holocaust lesson, students generate adjectives that describe familiar heroes. Students view a video clip that includes testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and compare the hero characteristics portrayed in the video with the list generated by the class.
The Trumpet of the Swan
Fifth graders identify how disabilities affect the lives of people. In this disability awareness lesson, 5th graders read an included newspaper article about persevering through a disability and write about a time they had to face a challenge. Students make a list of words they think of when they read the article and use a graphic organizer to write down the components of the article. Students discuss what perseverance means to them.
Students practice perseverance by practicing and memorizing a poem. In this perseverance lesson plan, students see how their hard work pays off when they eventually memorize their poem.
Facing Obstacles with Creativity and Humor
Students explore how to overcome obstacles. In this perseverance instructional activity, students discuss effective strategies that could be used when faced with an obstacle. Students discuss why having a plan, teamwork and perseverance are important. They also brainstorm a one line response to obstacles they've faced.
Courage to Be You: King Day (7th)
Students define discrimination and relate it to their own experiences. In this discrimination lesson, students discuss feeling like a stranger and complete a personal experiences worksheet. Students then find strategies to reduce or eliminate discrimination. Students complete a mural about discrimination.
Reflection on the Long Term
Young scholars write in their journals. In this character lesson, students read two quotes that emphasize perseverance. Young scholars discuss their relevance as they consider doing their personal best to address a long term need. Students write in their character journals about the importance of perseverance.