Perseverance Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
Middle schoolers explore how to overcome obstacles. In this perseverance lesson, students discuss effective strategies that could be used when faced with an obstacle. Middle schoolers discuss why having a plan, teamwork and perseverance are important. They also brainstorm a one line response to obstacles they've faced.
Students write in their journals. In this character lesson, students read two quotes that emphasize perseverance. Students 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.
Eighth graders demonstrate perseverance. In this character education instructional activity, 8th graders define the word perseverance and identify difficult tasks they face regularly which require perseverance.
Eighth graders identify ways to persevere. In this character education lesson, 8th graders work in small groups to complete a task using strategies to persevere.
In this literature comprehension activity, students answer 5 short essay questions about the theme of perseverance in Chapters 15 and 16 of Holes by Louis Sachar. Note: One of the questions has a word spelled wrong.
For this literature response worksheet, students answer 6 essay questions about the symbols and theme of perseverance in Chapters 35-37 of Holes by Louis Sachar.
Students learn what it means to stick to a task through the re-telling of the story, "The Little Engine That Could." Personal application is made to their own experiences with the completion of, "I think I can..." endings.
Students examine the character trait of perseverance and identify a message's purpose. They read a biography of Jackie Joyner Kersee, discuss the main message, and develop an action plan with goals and a message.
In this perseverance activity, students rate themselves on a five point scale about how patient they would be in 8 difference situations.
Students investigate the right to petition and assemble. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students read the First Amendment and discuss the rights guaranteed by the amendment. Students research selected groups and movements that have made use of the right to petition and assemble. Students share their research findings with their classmates.
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Seventh graders don their critical thinking caps when they model the planing of a three-dimensional prism or pyramid to analyze the resulting two-dimensional shapes. Discussion before and after helps reinforce the concepts revealed through the experience.
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.
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.
Eighth graders examine various writings about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. They participate in a simulation as Jewish family members during the Holocaust. They write newspaper articles based on their readings and compose compassion-themed poems.
First graders predict and read the book "The Little Engine that Could". They write and illustrate something they can do now like riding a bike and make a class train displaying those examples of perserverance.
Eighth graders examine the trait of perseverance. For this character education lesson, 8th graders discuss how to deal with reality. Students consider how to help others facing difficult situations.
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.
Students explore how people dividde their time among different tasks and the effect that computer technology has had on this practice. Students write their experiences with multitaskinging. They explore how multitasking has affected computer-age teens by reading and discussingng the article "Teenage Overload, or Digital Dexterity?" Also, students observe, take data, and create a graph on multitasking in a school envioronment.
Students discuss the role of mistakes and how they could turn it into a learned opportunity. In this mistakes lesson plan, students discuss perseverance on how to use a mistake as something valuable.