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When the going gets hard, the hard get going! Learn about persistence, one of the Habits of Mind, with a series of lessons that focus on different groups of people and animals who persisted through adverse times and situations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a social studies class when comparing the theme of persistence between eras of history
  • Have kids turn their reflective activity about a hard time for them into a narrative essay
  • Send some of the activities or lessons home for kids to complete with parents
  • Bring in hermit crabs to show the kids in the final lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Contains several lessons that span subject areas (social studies, language arts, science), all of which revolve around the theme of persistence
  • If you're not familiar with the Habits of Mind, take a look at the teacher reference page to review the basics and philosophy 
  • A great way to bridge curriculum over several disciplines
  • Helps kids reflect on their own experiences, creating prior knowledge that they can use for the following lessons
  • Comes with helpful graphic organizers and worksheets to augment your lessons
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