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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 23rd: 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.

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


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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 2018

1) Video: Kid Engineer: Walker Wheeler

Watch the video about kid engineer, Sadie, who has to persevere everyday with mobility challenges due to Cerebral Palsy. Instead of just dealing with the limitations of using a wheelchair, she let her mind go work, and whala...she invented the "Walker Wheeler!" Have an interactive conversation with your students related around the theme of PERSEVERANCE using Sadie's story as inspiration. 


CLR Activity: Turn and Talk

To jumpstart your discussion, consider using this CLR activity


  1. Students are given a prompt and then asked to turn to their neighbors and share a comment or discuss the prompt. This typically takes only a few minutes.  For example, after watching the video you can have your students to share a time when they came up with an idea or had a time when they persevered through the challenges to meet their desired goal or deadline. 


Related Perseverance traits:

  • Courage

  • Endurance/Persistence

  • Confidence

  • Self-disciplined

  • Optimism/Zest

  • Resilience

  • Growth Mindset

  • Solution oriented

  • Goal oriented

  • Focused


FYI: March is Cerebral Palsy awareness month and Women's History month, so you may want to weave these topics into the discussion. here for additional help on how to facilitate a discussion about Perseverance with your students: What is Perseverance? 


2) The Marshmallow Challenge:  

In groups, have your students "persevere" through this STEAM activity constructing the highest possible tower using only spaghetti, a marshmallow, and a foot of masking tape. The group with the tallest tower...wins!  Click on the link for full instructions: The Marshmallow Challenge


Special Note: Please feel free to customize/modify any challenge to fit your grade-level needs. 



Coming soon...

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)