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

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.



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

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


"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



"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.

"Dare to Be" by Steve Maraboli "Dare to Be"

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


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.



Introductory Activity

'Our Personal Best' Poster

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

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


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.