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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.


Soaring Perseverance Award:

Be on the lookout for one kid who displays outstanding behavior with being PERSEVERANCE. Use this Google Form to nominate your student at the end of the month or sometime before March 22nd: 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.

Suggestions :)

Please contribute any suggestions you may have for books, videos, improvements, etc. on this Google Form.


Teacher Resources


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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:  

Challenge Activity-March 2019

As always...tweak this activity to meet the needs of your students. For example, you may want to decrease or increase the amount of seconds in the balancing and strength challenges.


Read (or listen to) the book "Dream Big, Little Pig" by Kristi Yamaguchi.  Discuss the different ways that Poppy the Pig persevered in order for her to make her dreams come true.

Use this link to view an online read aloud for "Dream Big, Little PIg." You can also check out a copy from the school library. 

After reading the book, have the students do the following series of challenges:

Balance Challenge:

1. Stand on one leg for one minute, bending the other leg at the knee.  If students lose their balance, have them try again to finish out the minute.  Have students repeat the activity using the other leg.

2.   Have students try the balance challenge again, this time with a book, such as, their Reader’s notebook on their head.  If the book falls or they lose their balance, try again.  


Strength Challenge:

3. Have one student demonstrate a basic plank (using both forearms)  

As a group, have everyone do a plank for 30-60 seconds.  If they

can’t hold their position, have them try again to complete the 30




After completing the balance and strength challenges, ask if anyone completed the challenge(s) the first time without starting over (honor system)!  Most kids probably needed to try again. This is the idea of perseverance!

  • What activities did Poppy try before discovering her “dream” activity?

  • How did Poppy feel when others told her that other activities were “just not for her?”

  • Why did Poppy keep persevering?

  • What challenge that we tried today was more difficult for you?  How did you keep persevering?

  • Turn and talk with a partner about a time in your life that you had to persevere at something.  (i.e. sports, math, reading, making friends, etc.)

If possible have students complete all 3 challenges again to see if they do better the second time.  Discuss why perseverance is important and how practice (might have) improved their performance in the challenge when they completed it again.


Challenge Completed...Don’t forget to submit your name!


Social Justice Books

Nelson Mandela

by Kadir Nelson

(Human Rights, Education)

Nelson Mandela

For the Right to Learn

by Rebecca Langston-George

(Human Rights, Education)

For the Right To Learn


  • Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Brave Irene by William Steig
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Flight School by Lita Judge


Newsela (Grades 3-5)


"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


@ Home for Kids/Parents...

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)