Character Building GROWTH MINDSET Lessons: Social Emotional Learning SEL Skills

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    6Cs Character Unit FILE TABLE of CONTENTS *start here!!!

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    1. 90 lessons to teach SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) skills. Empower students to deal with life obstacles, systemic racism, Covid 19, and academic challenges! High-Interest FUN lessons that can be used ANY TIME! Explicitly teach students: HOW to build character, be good citizens, collaborate effe
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    TEACH 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 life-long tool works great ANY TIME during the school year!

    • New Year, New You in 2022!

    • Start the school year fresh while students are excited to be back at school.

    • Returning to the classroom after Covid can be tough. Help students learn how to overcome challenges.

    • Teach important lessons if you ever need to fill a period.

    • Use this anytime to hit the re-start button in your classroom community.

    The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now.

    A week of Growth Mindset LESSONS + Student Growth Mindset SURVEY.

    • Set a tone of NOT GIVING UP at the start of the year.

    • SHOW students HOW to struggle.


    Let's raise students with character regardless of what subjects we teach!

    They’ll need grit, tenacity, and resilience at school, at home, at work, in relationships and in their day-to-day lives.

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    "Such a great resource for all of my middle school students. They really learned a lot about themselves." (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars, Racheal A.)

    SEP 26, 2021 Version 2.8 UPDATE:

    There are a lot of files in this product. It can be confusing.

    Look at the lesson plans for FREE here in FOLDER 5.

    NEW! When you buy the main 6Cs CHARACTER UNIT product, you get a FILE TABLE of CONTENTS (PDF).

    • It has "one-click copy links" to help you quickly find each file you need for a lesson.

    • It has a tutorial video showing you how to use the "one-click copy links"

    If you have any questions, please email me at

    Please look at the PREVIEW pdf. It shows you everything you get

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    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:

    FACE TO FACE 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.


    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

    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)

    BUNDLE BONUS: Use these emoji sudoku puzzles to see how your students do with a familiar, yet different puzzle!

    ..... Friday, January 28, 2022 update: Hello weekend, we've missed you.


    • Handouts, Detailed Lesson Plan, Answer key to help students analyze and evaluate media texts.

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    Covid is still changing things up. Change is hard.

    • Learning how to "work smarter" might help students see how little steps add up to success.

    • Small successes help build confidence: I've been through tough times before... maybe I can get through this too.

    Do your students need a pep talk? Check out these Social-Emotional Learning / 6 Cs topics:

    My name is Michael Fuchigami. I'm the teacher behind Educircles.

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    SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) in a world of Covid, Systemic Racism and Constant Change...

    SAVE HOURS OF PREP (and money) with a bundle!

    Why am I so passionate about 6Cs and Social-Emotional Learning? Because SEL helped save my life.

    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.

    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.

    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

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

    If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below!

    Read more about Character Education Lesson Plans on our website.

    Version 2.6 Update (Sep 8, 2020)

    • This product has been re-organized to help you find what you need.
    • No changes to content.
    • Shorter file names.
    • Google Drive
    • -- Folder 1: files to print and teach.
    • -- Folder 2: files you can edit.
    • -- Folder 3. files for Google Classroom.
    • -- Folder 4. files for Sudoku Logic Puzzles in Google Classroom.

    The complete change log can be found at the end of the READ ME FIRST file.

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    175 slides, 30 pages of handouts, 61 pages of lesson plans
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