Downloadable Activity: Famous Failures (GRIT & Bear It!)

Classroom Activity for Teaching Students the Social Skills of “Gathering Information” and “Persevering on a Task”

Tamara Zentic, MS


Students will practice gathering information and persevering on the task of writing a survival guide. This activity will allow students to understand that many famous people displayed grit when they continued to try very hard even after experiencing failure. A flipped classroom idea is also included in this activity from the GRIT & Bear It! Activity Guide.

This exercise is recommended for grades 5-10.

Materials needed:

    • Articles/Links about famous people who failed many times before finally succeeding
    • Poster paper
    • Colored pencils
    • Access to the Internet
    • Boys Town Social Skill poster, “Gathering Information” (provided as a PDF in color)
    • Boys Town Social Skill poster, “Persevering on a Task” (provided as a PDF in color)
    • “Success Survival Guide” sample (provided as a PDF)
    • “Success Survival Guide” worksheet for students to fill out (provided as a PDF)

An email address must be provided to obtain the activity!

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Tamara Zentic, MS
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