Downloadable Activity: What Motivates Me? (GRIT & Bear It!)

Classroom Activity for Teaching the Social Skills of "Staying on Task" and "Waiting Your Turn"

Author: Tamara Zentic, MS
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Students will stay on task while trying to move a heavy object. They will have the opportunity to keep trying very hard to complete the task even after experiencing failure, which in turn, students will learn to practice self-control. Enjoy the book GRIT & Bear It! written by Tamara Zentic and extend the learning with GRIT & Bear It! Activity Guide with more to choose from!

This exercise is recommended for grades 5-10.

Materials needed:

    • A very heavy object, like a full file cabinet, a pile of bricks or stones, etc.
    • Some type of reward, such as free “No Homework” passes, gift cards, or food
    • Paper
    • Pencils
    • “What Motivates Me?/What Makes Me Want to Give Up?” T-chart worksheet (provided as a PDF)
    • Boys Town Social Skill poster, “Staying on Task” (provided as a PDF in color)
    • Boys Town Social Skill poster, “Waiting Your Turn” (provided as a PDF in color)

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