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- Back to School is the time to encourage a GROWTH MINDSET.Explicitly teach students HOW to build character, be good citizens, collaborate effectively, communicate assertively, be creative and innovative in problem solving, and think critically about school work, classroom community and life challenge$155.31$77.75Save $77.56
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Back to School is a great time to encourage a GROWTH MINDSET and set the tone for a year of learning.
Teach students HOW to struggle using this DISTANCE LEARNING, Blended Learning, 1:1 Google Classroom or in-person teaching package.
Watch the video:
We need to raise students with character regardless of what subjects we teach because they’ll need grit, tenacity, and resilience at school, at home, at work, in relationships and in their day-to-day lives.
TEACH your students HOW to approach life challenges (Covid-19), systemic racism, and academic challenges with a growth mindset... in any subject.
- We don't have to be perfect, but let's try to be better than who we were yesterday.
- And, that starts with explicitly talking about challenges and strategies to overcome the tough stuff.
This is especially true today with new information constantly coming to us about Coronavirus (Covid-19) and systemic racism.
This package does not contain any information, examples, or language specifically about the Coronavirus pandemic or systemic racism.
And, that's a good thing because that makes that makes this lesson package timeless. You can use this lesson today within the context of Covid-19 and having to figure out distance learning, or you can use it in the future when the next obstacle appears.
Also, we don't want to give your students outdated information. Nor do we want to potentially trigger anxiety by hyper-focusing on Covid-19. So, this package uses Sudoku puzzles as an opportunity for your students to develop grit and resiliance.
This is the good stuff. No, seriously. Check out the preview PDF to see everything that you're getting.
✅ The NO PREP slideshow lesson teaches the concepts.
✅ You can EDIT THE FILES to fit your classroom needs.
✅ The slideshow lesson is comprehensive and easy to use:
- DISTANCE LEARNING in Google Classroom
- BLENDED LEARNING or 1:1 LEARNING in Google Classroom
- IN PERSON LEARNING in your real classroom
- It explains how to use the DISTANCE LEARNING / Google Classroom version of the logic puzzles to encourage students to keep a GROWTH MINDSET:
OPTION 1: DISTANCE LEARNING / GOOGLE CLASSROOM
Create the following assignments in your Google Classroom. (One for each lesson)
Assignment #1: Lesson A1
- File 3a Lesson A1 slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 5a What do you believe survey (Make a copy for each student)
- File 4a Review - Lesson A1 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #2: Lesson B1
- File 3b Lesson B1 slideshow (Student can view file)
- Link to tutorial video:
- File 5g Sudoku puzzle - slideshow (Make a copy for each student)
- File 5g Sudoku solution - slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 4b Review - Lesson B1 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #3: Sudoku Independent Work package
- 4 different options to give teachers flexibility. All options allow students to choose their own puzzle. Some options allow students to check their own answers or allow teachers to preview student progress in Google Classroom (because the puzzle is on the first slide of student work.)
- Link to tutorial video:
- Option 1: Students independently choose puzzles and check answers using File 5i.
- --- File 5i Sudoku Puzzle Package(Make a copy for each student)
- Option 2: Students independently choose puzzles and check answers using File 5j.
- --- File 5j Sudoku Puzzle Package (ALL) (Make a copy for each student)
- Option 3: Students independently choose puzzles by copying the slide they want. They can also independently check their answers.
- --- File 5j Sudoku Puzzle Package (ALL) (Student can view file)
- --- File 5k Sudoku (Make a copy for each student)
- Option 4: Students independently choose puzzles by copying the slide they want. Answers are NOT provided to students.
- --- File 5h puzzle 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 7-1, 8-1, 9-1 ( Student can view file)
- --- File 5k Sudoku (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #4: Lesson B2
- File 3b Lesson B2 slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 4b Review - Lesson B2 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #5: Lesson B3
- File 3b Lesson B3 slideshow (Student can view file)
- Link to video #1:
- File 4b Review - Lesson B3 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #6: Lesson B4
- File 3b Lesson B4 slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 5c Twelve handout (Make a copy for each student)
- Link to video #2:
- Link to video #3:
- Link to video #4:
- File 4b Review - Lesson B4 (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #7: Lesson C1
- File 3c Lesson C1 slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 6 Vocabulary Builder (Make a copy for each student)
Assignment #8: Lesson C2
- File 3e Lesson C2 slideshow (Student can view file)
- File 7 Self Evaluation (Make a copy for each student)
- File 8a Chapter Review (Make a copy for each student)
OPTION 2: IN PERSON Learning
- Teach using the Google Slideshow (FILE #3) - all of the slides are in this file
- Lesson Plan (File 2b) identifies which slides and handouts you need for each lesson.
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4 UNITS we need to teach RIGHT NOW during the pandemic:
- REMIND students HOW to be GOOD CITIZENS to help our school and global community.
- EXPLAIN the COMMUNICATION process so we communicate more effectively - in person or from home.
- BUILD CHARACTER: develop resilience during uncertain times.
- THINK CRITICALLY: analyze information, form opinions, and make decisions based on logic and high-quality information instead of fear and emotion.
✅SAVE HOURS OF PREP WORK. These lessons are high-interest and visually appealing. It will hook your students!
SAVE MONEY! THIS PRODUCT IS AVAILABLE IN A MEGA BUNDLE
In the Google Drive folders, you get:
OVER A WEEK of lessons to do with your class to help your students build inner strength and character (grit, tenacity, perseverance.)
- 175 slides in GOOGLE SLIDE format
- 61 page lesson plan PDF with 7 DIFFERENT lessons
- 4 page MINDSET "What do you believe" self-assessment HANDOUT
- 21 page SUDOKU PUZZLE set (and solutions) with Growth Mindset tips
- Google Classroom / Distance learning versions of the SUDOKU Puzzle activity
- 10 pages Lesson Review
- 1 page Vocabulary Building Graphic Organizer HANDOUT
- 1 page Character Learning Skills SELF-EVALUATION handout
- 2 page Character Review Assessment - What did you learn? (6 short answer questions.
If you want to teach character education, we just saved you an incredible amount of prep work!
NOTE: THIS LESSON IS PART OF A LARGER BUNDLE about Exploring the Six Cs / 21st Century Skills / Competencies
The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills to help us be successful in the 21st century.
Each Chapter package focuses on a different “C” and contains different lessons, slides, videos, and handouts. Although we use the same structure in each chapter (activity, video, vocabulary building), there is no overlap of content between packages.
Lessons can be purchased individually, or you can SAVE MONEY and purchase the entire unit as a BUNDLE.
- Unit Overview
- Introduction: Fun Activities & Ice Breakers (21st Century Skills)
- Chapter 1. A week of Character (THIS LESSON)
- Chapter 2. A week of Citizenship
- Chapter 3. A week of Collaboration
- Chapter 4. 2 weeks of Communication
- Chapter 5. 2 weeks of Creativity/Innovation
- Chapter 6. 5 weeks of Critical Thinking
- Review / Assessment: 21st Century Skills Challenge Task
GO ON... TELL ME MORE about this CHARACTER BUILDING GROWTH MINDSET package:
In this package, we have a series of lessons that
- introduce the concept of mindset (Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset),
- allow students to explore character (perseverance) by working through 9 different sudoku strategies to develop logical thinking
- provide discussion points of 4 different YouTube videos with socially relevant celebrities talking about the work required behind the scenes.
- allow for deeper exploration of the concept of “Character” using the Frayer Model of understanding.
CHAPTER BIG IDEA:
After this chapter, students will be able to explain that Character is about:
- “Grit, tenacity, perseverance, resilience.”
- not giving up and developing your inner strength to learn and grow as a person.
- who you are when you are going through challenges. It is about the process, and not about the final result (success or failure).
Students will have the opportunity to:
1. EXPERIENCE struggles/character building through two activities: a mindset self-evaluation activity, and a sudoku activity
2. WATCH and discuss short videos of celebrities talking about character-building experiences in their lives.
3. UNDERSTAND what “character” is by using a vocabulary building graphic organizer (Frayer model) to brainstorm features of Character, examples and non-examples of Character, and finally narrow down essential characteristics of the word.
WHO IS THIS PACKAGE FOR? HOW COULD YOU USE THIS?
Teachers could use this in their classrooms to introduce character and growth mindsets.
1. Homeroom / Advisory teachers
- The sudoku strategies and overcoming obstacle strategies (perseverance) set a framework for you to use over the next month or term.
- Do this package in the first week of class, and then do Sudoku as 5-minute bell work when students come into class every day.
- Sudoku becomes an ongoing metaphor: You can get better at sudoku if you keep at it, and keep a growth mindset by learning and applying new strategies to solve increasingly harder puzzles. There will be times that you won’t want to do sudoku, or you get stuck and want to cheat and just copy the answers. But, the easy way out doesn’t build character or ability to independently solve Sudoku puzzles.
2. English Language Arts teachers
- Use this package to introduce inner strength, tenacity, perseverance and desire to learn (i.e. Growth Mindset) for students.
- And then, follow up with a character study (short story, novel, movie, play, etc) looking at characters and how they overcome challenges. We provided short video snippets of celebrities talking about their experiences and discussion points about how this connects to character.
- Which fictional characters in your character study demonstrate a growth mindset?
- How might a fictional character answer the “What do you believe” mindset handout?
- How might they answer the “Character” learning skill self-evaluation handout?
3. History teachers
- Similar to the literacy teacher suggestion, but after doing this Character introduction with your students, explore historical people from the curriculum and evaluate whether they had a growth mindset or how they might do on the learning skills self-evaluation handout. Students would need to justify their answers with historical evidence/inferencing.
4. School leaders (Principals, Admin, Division Leaders) could use this package in their schools to create a common language and exploration of a growth mindset.
5. School Learning Plans (SLPs) exploring “Growth Mindsets”
- It’s very easy to put up posters about “YET” - and get students to say things like, “I don’t get it… yet”... But, how do we empower students to see themselves as learners and not give up when the learning gets tough?
- This chapter provides a self-assessment of students’ mindsets, an introduction to growth mindsets and fixed mindsets, and then an activity (sudoku) to struggle through and try to maintain a growth mindset.
- The open-ended class discussions of videos of socially relevant celebrities that students can relate to/look up to help us to realize that the 10 seconds of running that Usain Bolt does at the Olympics is simply the tip of the iceberg of all the training he has to do to get there. You need to develop your inner character to get through life’s challenges.
6. Common Language, Common Learning Goals
- This unit provides a systematic way for a grade, division, or school to explore learning skills / character development as a framework of delivering provincial / state curriculum..
- The sudoku activities provides everyone with a common experience between classes so that students can support each other, even though they’re in different classes.
- Doing the same (Frayer model) vocabulary building graphic organizer provides a common tool / framework that students and teachers can build around in other areas (i.e. math concepts, grammar concepts, science concepts, etc).
Ultimately, this chapter is meant to kick off a year / lifetime of discussion, as opposed to being a one-off activity. If all classes start off with the same approach, then throughout the year, as teachers do different activities, you could still connect it back to concepts of growth mindset, and how to persevere.
PROPOSED GAME PLAN: Complete breakdown of ALL 7 LESSONS
We based this schedule on a 50 minute period and providing around 40-45 minutes of content per lesson.
(Let’s be honest. It takes your students a few minutes to wander into class, and you’ll probably need a few minutes at the end of class to go over homework or administrivia stuff.)
Depending on your teaching style and the chattiness of your class, you may find that you can get through all 7 lessons in 5 days… or it stretches out to two full weeks (10 days).
TEACHER TIP: If you’re short on time, cut out some of the rounds of sudoku and only watch one video.
LESSON 1 - Activity #1 What do you believe Self Assessment Handout / Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset (40 min) - SLIDES 1-39
- Chapter introduction / Part 1 - EXPERIENCE character - Slides 1 - 2
- Doing the “What do you believe” survey (20 min) - Slides 3 - 25
- Taking up the answers - Discussing growth mindset (20 min) Slides 26 - 39
LESSON 2 - Activity #2 Sudoku (40 min) - SLIDES 40 - 90
Round 1 (20 min)
- Reviewing Mindset (5 min) Slides 40 - 49
- What is Sudoku (10 min) Slides 50 - Slide 72
- Round 1 work period (5 min) Slide 73
Round 2 (20 min)
Sudoku Strategies #1-3 (10 min) Slide 74 - 89
- Strategy 1. Inspection - Slide 75-77
- Strategy 2. Start with the Most - Slide 78-86
- Strategy 3. Write down Candidates - Slide 87-89
Round 2 work period (10 min)Slide 90
LESSON 3 - Sudoku continued (45 min) - SLIDES 91 - 124
Round 3 (20 min)
Sudoku Strategies #4-5 (10 min)
- Strategy 4. Go by number - Slide 91 - 96
- Strategy 5. Pointing - Slide 97-102
Round 3. Work period (10 min) Slide 103
Round 4 (25 min)
Sudoku Strategies #6-9 (15 min)
- Strategy 6. Go by row - Slide 104-108
- Strategy 7. Double Check - Slide 109-111
- Strategy 8. Go by box - Slide 112-117
- Strategy 9. Hidden Singles - Slide 118-123
Round 4. Work period (10 min) Slide 124
LESSON 4 - Sudoku continued and Introducing Videos (40 min) SLIDES 125 - 138
Round 5 (20 min)
- Overcoming Obstacles (Perseverance) Strategies (10 min)
- - Introduction - Slide 125-127
- - Obstacles and strategies to overcome obstacles - Slide 128-132
Round 5. Work period (10 min) Slide 133
Watch Video (20 min)
- Introduction: Part 2 - Watch Videos - Slide 134
- Kobe - Slides 135-138
LESSON 5 - Videos continued (55 min) - SLIDES 139 - 150
- The Rock (25 min)- Slides 139-142
- Bolt (15 min) - Slides 143-146
- Ellen (15 min) - Slides 147-150
LESSON 6 - Playing with words (40 min) - SLIDES 151 - 167
- Introduce Part 3 - Understand (Vocabulary Builder) - Slide 151
- Graphic Organizer set up - Slide 152 - 153
- Minds on - Slides 154-155
- Filling out the graphic organizer - Slides 156-159
- Revising graphic organizer - Slides 160-164
- Summary Slides 165-167
LESSON 7 - Self Evaluation / Review (50 min) - SLIDES 168 - 175
- Student Self Evaluation Slides (10 min) 168 - 174
- Chapter Review Test (40 min) Slides 175
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