Perseverance - 2

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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: Catch!

Give each student a stress ball. If you do not have enough, students can take turns. Instruct students that they will use their non-dominant hand to toss the ball in the air and catch it 10 times without dropping it. Allow time for all students to complete the activity.

Materials Needed:
  • Stress ball - 1 for each student or several to share

Discussion questions after the activity is completed:

  • What made this activity hard?
  • How did you feel when you dropped the ball?
  • Why do we sometimes give up when things are hard?
  • What motivates you to not give up?
  • How can we motivate and encourage each other to not give up?

Activity 2: Never Give Up

Discuss with students who Thomas A. Edison was. Present them with this quote from Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Consider how different life might be today if Mr. Edison had chosen to quit after his first attempt to invent the lightbulb. What if he hadn’t believed he could create this new invention?

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

Allow students to complete student activity sheet A. Select volunteers to share when finished.

Activity 3: Personal Story

Allow students to complete student activity sheet B. Select volunteers to share when finished.

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

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

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 C.

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

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student activity sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

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!

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs and syllables.
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 demonstrates perseverance 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

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: In the space below list activities that are hard for you that tempt you to give up.

What can you do when things get hard and you are tempted to quit?

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Write about a time you were faced with something hard and didn’t give up. How did you feel when you persevered and completed the task?

Student Activity Sheet C

Who are the characters in this script?

How was Anya feeling?

What was Anya frustrated with?

How did Tori help Anya?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. In red circle two verbs.

Remember:

A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence.

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!

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet C. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet C.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs and syllables.
If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Read the statement and circle true or false. If the statement is false, correct it to make it a true statement.

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

When things are hard, it's ok to give up?

Perseverance is not an important trait to have?

Perseverance will help you be successful in life?