Culture Connection

Life Principle: EFFORT
- Doing one’s best in an endeavor

Quote: "If better is possible, then good is not enough. Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

Callback:
Teacher: “Well done is better”
Students: “Than well said.”


Sign Language

Hand Sign for Expectation #6
Use sign for Applaud:
Clap several times quickly while hands move forward.







Media

Music 

"The Wind Beneath My Wings"** Bette Midler, 4:59 min. Lyrics

"The HERO"** Mariah Carey, 4:23 min. Lyrics

Video

"Make A Difference"** story 6:47 min.

Encouragement & gratitude** 1 min.

Australia's Got Talent - Chooka.** 5 :47 min

Homeless Korean Boy Steals Show** 8:01 min

 

Literature

Fable:
"The Crow and the Pitcher"Aesop’s Fable

Short Stories:
"John Smith at Jamestown", Moral Compass by William Bennett, p. 401-404

"Learning to Dance in the Rain" -Vivian Greene, Quote Patrick Henry Hughes Story** 6:32 min.

Poem:
"Dare to Be" by Steve Maraboli "Dare to Be"

"Mr. Meant-To", Author Unknown, The Book of Virtues, William Bennett p. 364


Vocabulary

LEXICON: Complete at least three.

  1. Define the word.
  2. What do you notice about the word.
    a. # of letters
    b. # of consonants, vowels
  3. Create a math problem with the #’s.
  4. Use the word in a meaningful sentence.
  5. Write all parts of speech for the word.
  6. Analyze for root word, prefixes, suffixes.

Word Wall Vocabulary: endeavor
Note: Reference Lexicon Resource

Vocabulary (P 8,11)

“Effort in Action”
Brainstorm words that describe how effort looks, sounds, and feels. In pairs create a list of 10 words that describe effort.

Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.

Dictionary

 

Introductory Activity

'Our Personal Best' Poster

Materials:
2.5 x 2.5” Sticky notes
Poster or large sheet of chart paper

Directions:
Distribute a sticky note to every student. As a class or in groups brainstorm potential talents or services they might contribute toward a meaningful project. Have each write their name and a talent or service on their note and post it on the prepared poster.
Allow time to share with their Pair Share partner.
Extension: Plan a Make A Difference Day

Celebrate everyone’s effort!


Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning Structure
Pair Share: (P 3,5,6)

1 - If students are seated on floor: Designate ‘elbow buddies’.

2 - If students are seated at tables: Assign table partner.

3 - If students are standing: Have students walk around and on a designated signal, find a partner near them. Those students without a partner raise their hands and find one.

4 - Have pairs share with each other, then with other pairs, other teams, or the entire group.


Writing Activity

Have students journal or illustrate their talent or service. Include writing a prediction of the impact it might have on others.


Brain Break

**Caution:

Some of the online videos have brief advertisements attached at the beginning that may be inappropriate for viewing by students and need to be cued before showing.