Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)

Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons (21st Century Skills for Covid-19)
Product Description

TEACH your students HOW to approach life challenges (Covid-19) 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.

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.

The start of the school year is a great time to do this lesson package. The second best time to teach this is right now.

This is especially true today with new information constantly coming to us about Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This package does not contain any information, examples, or language specifically about the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Also, we don't want to give your students outdated information.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.

Thu, April 2, 2020 update: Covid-19 is changing the way we teach.

If you are still teaching in a classroom, here are 3 ways to help prepare your students for distance learning: 

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SAVE HOURS OF PREP WORK. These lessons are high-interest and visually appealing. It will hook your students!


In the zipped file, 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 POWERPOINT and GOOGLE SLIDE format
  • 55 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
  • 6 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. NOTE: Answer key not provided because this package is modular and different teachers will focus on different strategies and videos during the lessons.)

THIS IS A TOTAL OF 264 SLIDES / PAGES in 7 LESSONS. 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.

PSST, do you know the one magic phrase that teachers should tell their students? It's not what you think. Hint: It helps build a growth mindset...


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.


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.


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. Literacy 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 (45 min) - SLIDES 139 - 150

  • The Rock (15 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 (40 min) - SLIDES 168 - 175

  • Student Self Evaluation Slides (10 min) 168 - 174
  • Chapter Review Test (30 min) Slides 175

THE READ ME file in the PREVIEW file section tells you exactly what you get when you buy this product.

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Total Pages
264 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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