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Teachers

Definition: Perseverance means the ability to get through difficult tasks without giving up.

Discussion Points

  • What are some things that are hard for you to do?
  • What are some things you can do to show perseverance?
  • Why is perseverance an important trait to have?
  • Do you think you can be successful in life without perseverance? Why or why not?

Discuss with students what perseverance means. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Spoon Race

Divide students into two teams. Explain that they will be having a race to see which group can finish first by having their whole team carry the ball on the spoon from the starting point to ending point. If the ball is dropped the student must start over.

After the race discuss how the students felt during the race. Was it easy or hard? How many were ready to quit? What made them keep going? Explain that not quitting was using perseverance.

Materials Needed:
  • Small ping-pong sized balls - 2
  • Spoons - 2

Activity 2: Perseverance Wheel

(Before the lesson, draw lines on half the plates to divide the plate into six pieces. On the second half of the plates cut out the equivalent of one piece.)

Materials Needed:
  • Paper plates - 2 per student
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

As a group, discuss possible strategies to try when ready to quit at a task. Examples:

Try my best Take deep breaths Tell myself I can do it
Ask an adult for help Try again Ask for a break
Ask a classmate Try a different way Squeeze a stress ball

Instruct students to write Instead of Giving Up I WILL on the plate with one piece cut out. On the plate with six pieces students may select six strategies to try when they are ready to quit at a task. Once finished fasten the plates together with the strategies plate on the bottom.

Activity 3: Persevering Behavior

Discuss with students each of the statements. Determine if each statement demonstrates persevering behavior.

  • Quitting the first time something is hard
  • Trying to ride a bike, no matter how many times you fall off
  • Not setting goals
  • Learning a new sport
  • Learning to play an instrument
  • Making excuses
Materials Needed:
  • Statements below
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet D.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating perseverance:
Tori: Hi Anya, how are you today?
Anya: I’m getting really frustrated with this math assignment. It’s really hard.
Tori: You are great at math. I know you can do it.
Anya: Thanks! I think if I stick with it I can get it finished.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating patience appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating perseverance:
Tori: Hi Anya, how are you today?
Anya: I’m getting really frustrated with this math assignment. It’s really hard.
Tori: You are great at math. I know you can do it.
Anya: Thanks! I think if I stick with it I can get it finished.

Example script not demonstrating perseverance:
Tori: Hi Anya, how are you today?
Anya: I’m getting really frustrated with this math assignment. It’s really hard.
Tori: You are great at math. I know you can do it.
Anya: No I can’t! I quit!

Lesson Review

Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
  • Flight School by Lia Judge
  • Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Luigi and the Barefoot Races by Dan Paley
  • The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock
  • Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  • Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Think of one thing that is hard for you. List it in the box below. Share how you will use perseverance to help you reach this goal.

I will use persevere to complete this goal by...

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Select the best answer.

1. I show perseverance when I keep trying.

2. I can persevere when I try my best.

3. I show perseverance when I quit.

4. I can take deep breaths to help me persevere.

5. I can ask an adult for help when I’m ready to quit.