Famous Failures Card Sort for use with Easel by TpT Growth Mindset

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6th - 12th
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9 student slides and 7 teacher slides
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Our “Famous Failures Card Sort for use with Easel by TpT” is a great way for students to see that even the most successful people in the world failed at some point in their journey. Today’s youth are growing up in a world that is extremely high stakes.  Often times failure is not looked upon as something to learn and grow from.  Instead, failure is seen as a negative and a penalty.  Student’s are rarely given an opportunity to fail forward and develop the grit that is needed to survive in a complex world.

Teachers have been doing card sorts with their students for years.  In today’s digital world, many see card sorts as something old-fashioned and a time that goes back to cutting and laminating paper.  It is possible to bring card sorts into the digital world and engage students on a topic.  Using Easel by TpT, students manipulate the digital “cards” with the failures on them and move them to the correct person.

There are two options for teachers to assign to students.  The first option includes a slide with five famous people and five cards surrounding the slide.  Each card matches one of the people on the slide.  A challenge me option is also available.  These slides have the same five famous people, but there are now fifteen (15) digital “cards” surrounding the slide.  Students have to determine which five cards match the five famous people.  An answer key is included in the Teacher PDF.

Students may need to click the minus (-) button to zoom out to see all of the cards. The digital “cards” are below each slide.



  • “Famous Failures Card Sort Easel Activitywith a title slide, three slides of a famous failure card sort with five people per slide and five digital "cards" to sort, three slides of a famous failure card sort with five people per slide and fifteen digital "cards" to sort, and a written response slide mirroring the activity.
  • “Famous Failures Teacher PDFwith a title slide, a Why, When, and How to use this resource slide, answer keys for the activity, a Black Book Advertisement, and our thank-you page.


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9 student slides and 7 teacher slides
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