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When you have completed your “challenge,” submit your name on the Google Form to be entered in a weekly drawing for the “Soaring Eagle” award.  The class winner will be awarded the small eagle mascot and will bring it to the flag salute the following week to pass it on to the new class winner.


Be on the lookout for one kid who displays outstanding behavior with being PERSEVERANCE.Use this Google Form to nominate your studentat the end of the month or sometime before March 25th: These students will be recognized at Flag Salute, take a group photo for display in the front office, and receive a small gift of appreciation.




Character Lab. Excellent resource on how to cultivate Grit with videos! 
"A person's a person. No matter how small." A quote from Dr. Seuss


Got Grit?
“Perseverance is the ability and self control that pushes you to work through challenges. Having perseverance means that when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and your body to overcome it. Perseverance means you are able to work through difficulties, whether they have to do with your mind, your body, or your emotions.” Perseverance is also know as “Grit,” which “is the drive that helps you get past the hard stuff to get to what you want. Without perseverance, you won’t get far in life.”  ~Perseverance Source:  


1)  Watch the video, "History of Dr. Seuss for Kids." OPTION...with your buddy class. Have an interactive conversation with your students related to the character trait of Perseverance. Click here to access the video ONLINE VERSION. FYI...Although the video appropriate for all grade levels, some primary grades, such as preK/Kinder/1st may want to use an alternate option, such as "Brave Irene," "Dream Big, Little Pig," or "Henry's Freedom Box." 
2) Using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model, discuss & agree on a perseverance/grit goal related to the video. When possible, check-in with your students throughout the month of March to see how they are putting to practice the trait of persevering in their lives. 
MeetUp: Established a class goal related to perseverance/grit, for example, setting a personal goal and completing it, Staying with the task and not giving up, being patient and willing to work hard, etc. discussed and agreed on by the students during the MeetUp session.
BuddyUp: Pair/group students for a brief discussion on the goal. Here are some example “Quick connection” conversation questions:
Discussion Questions for "The History of Dr. Seuss?"
Click here for Google Slideshow to project questions for students.
  • What was the dare/challenge that Dr. Seuss’s boss gave him early in his career?
  • Why would it be difficult for anyone to complete that challenge?
  • Why did Theodore decide to use the pseudonym Dr. Seuss?
  • How did Dr. Seuss show perseverance when his first book was rejected 27 times by publishers?
  • How can Dr. Seuss’s books help children learn to read?
  • This is one of Dr. Seuss’s most famous quotes:
“The more things you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the 
more places you’ll go.”
What does that quote mean?
  • Dr. Seuss showed perseverance throughout his lifetime.  How do you show
 perseverance in your own life?
Want more? Additional Activities: These are great!
Challenge Completed...Don’t forget to submit your name!


Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson
(Human Rights, Education)
Nelson Mandela book cover
For the Right to Learn
by Rebecca Langston-George
(Human Rights, Education)
For the Right to Learn book cover
  • Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Brave Irene by William Steig
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Flight School by Lita Judge


Overcoming Obstacles Text Set A variety of articles about people persevering through challenges. 
Some favorites: 


"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there."
- Josh Billings
"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."
- Walter Elliot
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
- Albert Einstein
"I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday"
-Misty Copeland
"Winners never quit and quitters never win.""I am a slow walker, but I never walk back."
- Abraham Lincoln


Growth Mindset Video (all grades, primary-friendly) 
Kid President: The True Story (all grades, primary-friendly)
Jmac (all grades)
Student with Autism
Blind Dancer

Amy Purdy:


Learn more about Nelson Mandela and take a quiz. (Grades 3-5)
Hey kids, get your grit on with these fun, learning games at Arcademics Games  (grades 1-5)